Archives for May 2018

Detailed Video of a Super Mario Bros Speed Run

I respect the dedication that goes into speedrunning and I am in awe at the dexterity required to pull these feats off. I also respect the amount of research and discovery that these communities do to find the little glitches and nuances that shave hundredths of seconds of runs. I love the combination of programming intuition and hardware limitations that make these discoveries possible. Since a lot of these amazing speed runs are older games, nostalgia plays a huge role in my enjoyment, as well.

But for my money, give me a video that delves deep into the mechanics of speed runs over the actual speed run. I came across this one from kottke.org recently that is in my wheelhouse.

The video is a bit long (5 times longer than the actual speed run itself) but is fascinating. It clearly spells out how Kosmic accomplished what he did, but it doesn’t discount the skill needed nor the luck he had during his run. I remember finding the first warp zone in 1-2 thinking I was the ultimate gaming wizard. I can’t even imagine pulling off some of the stunts needed to complete this type of run. (Crazy thing is? Just a couple months later Kosmic’s record was broken by somewes)

Enjoy the whole thing.

May Releases

Other than State of Decay 2, there isn’t much this month that really catches my eye. But, seeing how it’s the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter, maybe my eyes just don’t work anymore (hashtag OLDMAN). On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of May 7th

Week of May 21st

Week of May 28th


Nintendo Switch

Week of May 14th

Week of May 28th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of May 14th


PC

Week of May 7th
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – I recently restarted my Pillars of Eternity campaign and was really get into it before I lost steam.

Week of May 14th
EXAELLA
Wizard of Legend
1943 Deadly Desert
The Forest Below
Albion Online
FAR: Lone Sails

Week of May 21st
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
PixelJunk Monsters 2

Week of May 28th
Heroes of Umbra
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
Time Golf Squad


Sony Playstation 4

Week of May 7th

Week of May 14th

Week of May 21st

Week of May 28th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of May 21st


What are you picking up this month?

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