Posted 5 months ago by

Effective immediately, the only acceptable image host for IGT proof is "Proof", our community-managed image host.

Effective immediately, the only acceptable image host for IGT proof is "Proof", our community-managed image host. We made this decision mainly because of the ephemeral nature of image hosting: we can't be sure, in six months, a year, five years, that the proof you submitted of your completed run will still be publicly available. Policy changes dictated from the top down by for-profit enterprises have hit this part of our community hard over the past year. See these examples:

As the examples above illustrate, relying on services we don't control for our image hosting is a fool's errand. Bandwidth is an extremely expensive part of serving content, and for-profit companies are looking to cut costs wherever they can and avoiding link rot is rarely on their priority list. To be honest, we're kind of tired of having to do this dance every time a decision like this gets made. So we're moving this part of our speedgame to a place we can control with the goal of better preserving the body of runs and the history of the Metroid Dread speedgame. We are also taking similar actions to preserve the body of video proof as well; we'll go into more detail on that when we have something actionable.

Going forward, use of any external image host (including Discord, public social media, or cloud-based storage services that allow hotlinking from external sites, such as OneDrive or Google Drive) will result in your run being rejected. Use only the service below to host your proof.

https://proof.hijumpboots.com

If you have any issues with the above service for any reason, you can:

and we'll take a look as soon as we can. Thanks, and take care.

jay

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Posted 8 months ago by

Hey there. Moderately exciting news for you.

As a result of the change to Imgur's Terms of Service, I started developing an image host for people to use if their runs don't require video proof.

Please welcome Proof into the community infrastructure.

https://proof.hijumpboots.com

This is an image host specifically for In-Game Time screenshot proof. It is fast, simple, and it can be used on mobile devices. I encourage you to use it whenever possible over other image hosts, since this one is community-managed.

Alternatively, there are other image hosts you can use:

Alternative Image Hosts

For proof cards that were lost in the Imgur purge, we will be working on getting them backed up to Proof. We backed up all IGT proof cards hosted by Imgur in late April, so we didn't lose any of them. Take care.

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Posted 8 months ago by

Hey there, we just wanted to let you know about the upcoming All Bosses No Major Glitches tournament. We're pleased to be able to partner with SpeedGaming to hold another tournament showcasing Metroid Dread.

Here are a few things you should know:

Qualifier Heats

Before the tournament begins, there will be eight qualifier matches.

Qualifier heat schedule (all times are in US Eastern)

Two heats on Saturday August 5th, 2023: 3:00pm / 8:00PM Two heats on Sunday, August 6th, 2023: 3:00pm / 8:00PM

Two heats on Saturday August 12th, 2023: 3:00pm / 8:00PM Two heats on Sunday, August 13th, 2023: 3:00pm / 8:00PM

Rules

Quals:

  • You must join racetime.gg and you must stream your run live on Twitch.
  • You must participate in at least two heats. You can participate in more than two if you would like. In fact, we encourage it because your best time from the qualifiers will determine what bracket you will be placed in, so the more runs you post results in, the better chances to seed higher. Based on your performance, you will be placed into one of two brackets, Mawkin (upper bracket) or Thoha (lower bracket).

Brackets:

  • All runners are required to join the SpeedGaming Discord server and state they're participating by posting in the #dread channel.
  • The ruleset for the category will be the same as the ones found here on speedrun.com. (https://www.speedrun.com/mdread?h=All_Bosses-No_Major_Glitches-Rookie&x=ndx3qjod-dlorordl.810d8m2l-6nj5x4el.jqzzn7gq)
  • All runners are required to run on Rookie Mode
  • Runners may make an ad hoc agreement ("gentleman") to increase the difficulty level or run All Bosses Glitchless. Dread Mode is not allowed, and making a gentleman's agreement to All Bosses Unrestricted, while extremely cool and rad, is also not allowed.
  • When the tournament begins, all matches will be 1v1. Scheduling will be decided by the players, but a date must be selected before a given timeframe. For those who lose their match, you will fall to the loser's bracket, where you will have one more chance to win. If you lose in the loser's bracket, you are eliminated from the tournament. Better luck next time!

Other Notes

  • We encourage all runners to show up 10 minutes early for the qualifiers and for the rest of the tournament. This helps the staff and admins out greatly.
  • During the qualifiers, four people will be chosen at random to be showcased on one of the SpeedGaming channels on Twitch.
  • There's a prize pool for this tournament! As of this forum post, we're at a prize pool of $111.43; if you want to contribute further to the pool, click this link: https://sglive.speedgaming.org/

Take care, and See You Next Mission.

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Posted 9 months ago by

Hey there, we have some news from the Discord. We want to hold more events where we focus on specific categories, and so we're starting something we're calling a Season. Since the All Bosses No Major Glitches tournament is coming up, our first Season is going to be focused around that category.

METROID DREAD SPEEDRUNNING ALL BOSSES NMG SEASON 2023 (JULY-SEPTEMBER)

This Season is divided into two parts: free play and tournament play. During free play, we'll be holding events, such as clinics and races, to bring new runners into the fold. We'd be flattered if you would join us in the Discord during this time. We'd particularly like to draw your attention to the two clinics we're holding on Saturday July 15 and Saturday July 29. During these clinics, you'll learn the ins and outs of the category and be better equipped to compete (and with a little luck, win) races and tournaments.

FREE PLAY SCHEDULE

(all times are in US Eastern)

Week 1 Friday, July 14, 2023 9:00 PM: Race 1 Saturday, July 15, 2023 3:00 PM: Clinic 1 Sunday, July 16, 2023 12:00 PM: Race 2

Week 2 Friday, July 21, 2023 9:00 PM: Race 3 Saturday, July 22, 2023 3:00 PM: Race 4

Week 3 Friday, July 28, 2023 9:00 PM: Race 5 Saturday, July 29, 2023 3:00 PM: Clinic 2 Sunday, July 30, 2023 12:00 PM: Race 6

Week 4 Friday, August 4, 2023 9:00 PM: Race 7 Saturday, August 5, 2023 3:00 PM: Race 8

ALL BOSSES NMG TOURNAMENT

Starting August 2023, we're going to be partnering with Speedgaming to hold a tournament for All Bosses No Major Glitches!

Here's what we know so far:

We'll let you know when we have more information.

Please join us as we celebrate our speedgame; we would love to have you.

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Posted 10 months ago by

The Community Management team (that's us - admins, mods, and verifiers) have been hard at work on several different "hole-patching" rulings addressing various different community concerns. Each of these initiatives were proposed by a member of the CM team based on their unique perspective and insight into the speedgame. Then, they were heavily discussed. Finally, we held an internal vote among all staff members to decide whether to allow these proposals to be put into place.

Pre-Skew

Any% Unrestricted (UR) runs that use Pre-Skew have been separated out into their own leaderboard, called "Any% UR Multi-File". After reviewing the runs that have been submitted since March, we felt it was best to split those runs out. All other routes and rulesets have fallen back to the "single-file" rules, with the exception of Minimum Items UR, where the use of Pre-Skew is required to meet the category conditions, and Boss Rush UR, where Pre-Skew is the only meaningful difference between the UR and No Major Glitches (NMG) rulesets.

Changes to Video Proof Thresholds

We have added time-based thresholds for video proof, in addition to the current rank-based thresholds, in order to ease verifier load. The thresholds below apply to all difficulties.

Runs that require video:

  • Any%: top 30 AND faster than 1h 30m
  • 100%: top 15 AND faster than 2h 00m
  • All Bosses: top 15 AND faster than 1h 45m
  • Minimalist: video is always required
  • Maximalist: video is always required
  • Category Extensions: video is always required
  • Boss Rush: faster than 8 minutes In-Game Time (IGT)

Changes to Allowed Turbo Actions

The act of missile weaving using turbo (by turboing the "fire" button and tapping the "missiles" button rhythmically) will be banned on all merged leaderboards that do not have a separate "turbo-only" leaderboard. Missile weaving without using turbo will still be allowed. Accidental turbo missile weaving will be dealt with at the discretion of the verifier team, on a case-by-case basis.

This ruling will take effect Friday, June 16 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.

You should know that this was not an easy decision, and that we spent months considering the pros and cons of further restricting the turbo function, versus splitting the boards turbo / no turbo. The conversations were passionate but civil, and the votes were close. In the end, the staff narrowly voted to further restrict the turbo function to make merged board play a little more fair to non-turbo, while still keeping the entire speedgame accessible for runners who need to use turbo to play.

We welcome your questions, comments, and concerns in the comments below. If you'd like to speak with us more directly, please join our Discord and use the #feedback channel.

Thanks for reading, and take care.

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Posted 11 months ago by

DO NOT USE IMGUR TO HOST YOUR IGT PROOF

Due to Imgur's new terms of service, IGT proof cards hosted on their services are being deleted at an alarming rate. Uploading IGT proof to Imgur is heavily discouraged. There's no guarantee that your card will be around for the verifiers to look at.

Alternative Image Hosts

We backed up all IGT proof cards hosted by Imgur in late April, so we didn't lose any of them. We'll work on restoring these cards on an individual basis. We're also working on an image host specifically for Metroid Dread IGT proof cards. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading.

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Posted 1 year ago by

VOTE HERE: https://forms.gle/Lxktt7PkRcsAn17J7

Hey there. The staff has decided to introduce a new proposal for community vote regarding splitting difficulties on the leaderboards and abolishing the "Standard" label for runs.

What is the proposal? Proposal 23-5 (proposal #5 of 2023) is a proposal to decide whether or not to split out the leaderboard difficulties. Each difficulty split was considered as a separate question in the proposal.

Why is it being proposed? This proposal was opened due to feedback from members of the community regarding concrete differences between the difficulties. Also, the verifier team's output has recently been audited, and the audit shows that the team can be reasonably expected to be able to take on the workload of verifying separate difficulties without a significant delay, even with the current rank-based threshold system.

Who on the staff was eligible to vote? Admins, moderators, and leaderboard verifiers. The total pool of eligible voters was 17.

How did the staff decide? 23-5α, split out Hard from Normal: YES (9 to 1 with 2 abstentions) 23-5β, split out Rookie from Normal: YES (6 to 3 with 3 abstentions) 23-5γ, put all difficulty split questions indicated in proposal 23-5 to community vote: YES, by unanimous consent (11 to 0)

These questions now go to the community for a general vote. Please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/Lxktt7PkRcsAn17J7. In order to be eligible to vote, you must have at least one run on the leaderboards.

Voting will close Monday, April 10, 2023 at 9PM Eastern Daylight Time (Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 1AM UTC).

Thank you, and take care.

VOTE HERE: https://forms.gle/Lxktt7PkRcsAn17J7

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Posted 1 year ago by

Hey everyone!

After a very long period of discussion and voting, we can finally announce the updated turbo regulations. The results are in, and starting Monday, the turbo cap will be 12hz with no additional restrictions. Runs that are already verified or submitted before Monday will remain allowed on the boards, but after that, you will need a 12hz controller to submit with turbo. Hopefully this will give everyone enough time to adjust.

For more specifics, we will be allowing the average turbo speed of a controller to go as high as 13hz, to allow for manufacturer variance. This also means that the 8bitdo Pro 2 (the most popular turbo controller) can downpatch to an earlier firmware to fall within the threshold. If you need help doing so, please feel free to ask any questions in the Discord. We also have a controller sheet available in the guides tab (as well as the resources channel in the Discord) that lists controllers that are allowed under this ruleset.

We think this could truly be a good compromise for the community, so we're happy about the result, and hope you all can be too. This took a lot of cooperation from all sides, so the staff team is extremely grateful to all of those who discussed, did data collection, and voted.

Thank you, and happy running!

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/891681651543904386/1005562500038787073/unknown.png

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Posted 1 year ago by

Hey everyone!

It's been ongoing for about a month now, and we feel it's an appropriate time to try to wrap up the turbo revisit. To do so, we're going to be putting up a vote so every runner can have their voice heard.

We're handling this with ranked choice voting this time. In case you don't know about it, essentially you'll rate each of the options from favorite to least favorite. In the event your first choice is the least popular, your vote will be counted for your second favorite.

In addition, this vote will be limited to only those with runs verified on the leaderboards for Dread.

We also want to make sure everyone can make an informed decision, regardless of how much they've been keeping up with the discussion. To ensure this, the first page of the vote will be a summary of the issue so you can get quickly caught up to speed. For more details, you can still check out the pins in the #turbo-rules-discussion channel in the Discord.

This vote will remain open until Friday night. You can find it here: https://forms.gle/1oNsoHMR36RzfMzg8

As always, thank you all for your cooperation. Happy running!

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Posted 1 year ago by

Two things to announce today:

First up, we're putting up a poll about the turbo rules. The discussion has been going on for a while, so we feel it's an appropriate time to collect the community's thoughts. Keep in mind, this poll is not a raw vote. We're going to use the results of it to decide how to move forward next. The poll will run until next Friday.

Please fill out this poll honestly! We want to reach a compromise between everybody here, so we encourage you to really think about your answers before you submit your response. If you need more information about the issue, please join the Discord server and read #turbo-hz-discussion, as it has been discussed extensively there. You can find the poll here: https://forms.gle/Zrv3GsgZ2AMDPzHi8

Next, we're looking for some more verifiers to add. We're opening positions for both the main boards and the category extensions, and you can apply to either one. If you are accepted, we'll be expecting at least 2 runs verified a week, so please make sure you can meet that before applying. As with the other form, it will run until next Friday. You can apply here: https://forms.gle/4GSvC7MuPAE89vKTA

Thanks for reading!

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Posted 1 year ago by

We have re-opened the discussion surrounding the regulations of turbo controllers. To be clear, this will only be on the details of how they are allowed, not their legality as a whole. Turbo controllers are going to remain allowed in some form or another regardless.

To start, we're focusing on the Hz cap. You can find a more detailed post about this discussion in the announcement channel in the discord server. If you're interested in participating in this discussion, please head over there and get yourself acquainted with the discussion rules, then feel free to jump into the #turbo-discussion channel.

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Posted 1 year ago by

We are holding an interest poll on revisiting the rules surrounding turbo. This is NOT a poll that will lead to any kind of decision directly, instead we are using it to better decide how and what to discuss.

This poll will be close on Saturday, 06/20/22, at midnight EST. You can fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/Ke8Bc8U4K2zkmCMQ7

After this, we'll open a discussion thread in the discord server. We encourage everyone to join there, as this is where rule discussions will be taking place and more frequent updates will be posted.

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Posted 1 year ago by

We've finally added Category X-Tensions Extensions! All your favorite meme categories are now official Metroid Dread categories! This includes:

  • Mercury Steam%, both Glitchless and Unrestricted
  • Belly%
  • Hypothermia%

You can find more info about these and submit runs by either clicking 'Leaderboards' on the main Metroid Dread page, or by opening this link: https://www.speedrun.com/mdreadce Happy running!

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