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Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by dAVID_, Feb 10, 2018.
Can I submit new speedrun world records?
They're not really newsworthy unless it's some huge game that's had an unbeaten record for 10s of years. Records tend to change hands all the time.
Someone shaving half a femtosecond off a run of some obscure C64 game is probably not notable.
On the other hand if you wanted to do a roundup of the month's changes, a general interest article on the matter (not everybody knows what it is all about, though if you can spare us the dramas and traumas of all the different communities and what does and does not count as tool assisted and the like that would be nice, mind you a proper analysis of a bunch of rule sets might not be bad reading) or challenge thread for the site (pick a game/hacked game/section of a game by way of a savestate or something, get everybody to do it and something to show it is them (when visiting this stop and do a double jump sort of thing) and get people to have a good time) then it would fly. If there is a big event going on then maybe some coverage of that, possibly similar to how we cover hacker conferences so people not already invested in the concept can find out what it is all about.
Beyond the tool assisted crowd making nice tools and having interesting techniques for pulling apart things I am not terribly interested in the concept myself, however I am not terrible interested in contests and most of these things seem to be framed as such.
If someone started an event of this on the site, that would be amazing. I'm sure a lot of people would have fun doing it, and it may get some people interested in speedrunning for real.
It would be neat to see some amateur speedrunners and the strats they use to rush through a game.
My only reservation is, based on the video contest thread the other year, that trying to get people to upload videos is hard and there are few easy video sites like there are still image/common GIF length and text.