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Forum: Alone In The Dark

Thread: Greetings from SDA

Started by: LotBlindLotBlind

So just to briefly introduce myself: I'm the one who (accidentally) found the Cthonian skip. Since then I've (not as accidentally) found all kinds of other stuff and generally worked hard on the game in close collaboration with tigrou (who coded the Room Viewer etc.) in preparation of a few things. The main one is a segmented speedrun I will record perhaps starting later this year. It's taken ages already and there's always something new to test but at the same time feels like we're getting towards that particular goal now.

The run will then eventually be submitted on SDA. I might not even put it on YouTube. You might know me as an admin on SDA so you wouldn't be surprised to hear that I regard that site highly. I like the aspect of sharing deserving runs with an audience that doesn't consist only of those invested enough to go out of their way to look for runs for particular games, but also any speedrun "omnivores" who can appreciate quality when they see it, and preferrably with sufficient notes provided that anyone can follow what's happening (honestly a part of that quality). None of us have anything against this site BTW, we think the two (and the marathons etc.) fill different purposes and we do benefit from seeing what the best reported times are around the Internet when assessing runs in verification. Still, seeing as segmented runs don't really make sense to compete in, I don't see the point in submitting it here.

In any case, of the many new things I know about the game, a few could be applied to the SS category without this raising the difficulty even more from the already gnarly tricks NHG pulled off. I don't personally care to try to do the SS myself but if someone wants to go on a montage, and if you agree to submit the run on SDA afterwards (the only reason the fastest NHG time isn't on SDA is because I asked him to hold it off so we could submit both runs at the same time), then I could act as a consultant and help to find just the relevant information. You would have to show you have potential for executing on the same level as NHG of course. I'll ask NHG himself as well but he sounded like he was done with the game last time, so who knows. At any rate, at some point, I'm meaning to collate all the SS-ready new stuff into a separate part of the guide (which is linked below).

https:/​/​kb.​speeddemosarchive.​com/​Alone_in_the_Dark_(1-3)/​Game_Mechanics_and_Glitches

We haven't kept the public SDA thread active at all because I wanted to keep most of the new findings a surprise until the run is done so starting a private thread with me on SDA would be the way to go with this SS business. I'll try to remember to check back here at some point as well. I just find most people aren't serious enough to make significant contributions.

 

Forum: Talk

Thread: AAA publishers are shit, why are you still buying?

Started by: LotBlindLotBlind

Jim Sterling's Jimquisition on the trends of modern "AAA" publishers:

The previous episode is about how gambling mechanics are another fixture nowadays, causing a huge spike in children gambling their parents' money away. There has to be someone reading this who still hasn't figured it out: there is nothing cool anymore about big big gaming firms and their big big mega titles, no matter what the horse bollocks can do. They're just like any other corporations.

 

Forum: Speedrunning

Thread: Segmented Speedrunning Today

Started by: LotBlindLotBlind

Wrote a short preface and was hoping for discussion. Please leave comments on the SDA forum. Guest posting is enabled if you don't have a user.

https://forum.speeddemosarchive.com/post/segmented_speedrunning_today.html

 

Forum: ESA Summer 2018

Thread: Shout-outs for speedrun websites? Live segmented run commentaries?

Started by: LotBlindLotBlind

Thanks, guys! KennyMan, you pointed out some stuff I should have realized and that seems very reasonable to assume plays a big part in this. I'm going to write a little piece on segmented running on SDA and I'll mention those for sure.

 

Forum: ESA Summer 2018

Thread: Shout-outs for speedrun websites? Live segmented run commentaries?

Started by: LotBlindLotBlind

Hi all, just sent this to the GDQ guys but figured why not ESA as well. I'm assuming this isn't already a thing...

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I'm writing on behalf of Speed Demos Archive. It seems that an unfortunate side effect of the live events is overshadowing other kinds of speedrunning: there's a tendency for a much greater percentage of runs, at least of those submitted to us, to be done in single-segment compared to segmented or ILs these days. This is probably a direct influence of marathons. Thus I was wondering whether there was a chance to give generic speedrun sites like SDA, but of course also at least Speedrun.com and Speedrunslive.com, shout-outs here and there, with a concise but informative breakdown of what each of them are all about so people at least know they're out there and which site is most likely going to serve their interests.

As a random thought, if you agree that there is no particular reason why segmented runs need to be cast aside, could there be a showcase of new and previously unpublished major segmented speedruns with time allotted to allow someone to pause or slow it down in places to give it a live commentary? I'm sure there are many people out there only interested in this kind of running who currently have no such opportunities.

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So obviously the latter would require rescheduling so something to think about in the future maybe?

 

Forum: Speedrunning

Thread: Speedrun Community Survey

Started by: [Deleted user]

Speed Demos Archive has posted a reply to clear a few misunderstandings people seemed to have about the site.

https://forum.speeddemosarchive.com/post/sdas_response_to_stuff_that_came_up_in_the_speedrunning_survey.html

Post comments there, not here please.