Wild Arrow Media andGood Deed Entertainment released a new docuseries for retro video game speedrunning called Running With Speed. Two years ago the series was mentioned to various Twitch streamers that they were taking part in the acrobatical gaming. It’s a bit hard after that pandemic, and we didn’t know what was going on in this domain. To be fair to the filmmakers, documentaries often require a bit of time to produce when done right. So we waited a long time to finish it together. It had all changed this past week as they released it for multiple streaming services, which you can watch now. We got the opportunity to look at all the episodes. Here’s my thoughts.
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The series’ focus is on two main subjects: history of speedrunning as a genre and the Kaizo Mario scene with many notable players also present throughout the series. They talk about other titles with huge speed shits like Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Punch-Out!!, as well as the history of Games Done Quick and its impact on gaming. For people like me who actually like that type of thing, a number of people here are familiar names. But for those who aren’t aware, this series introduces many titans of speedrunning. Including GrandPooBear, Mitchflowerpower, Cheese, AndrewG, GlitchCat7, Oatsngoats, Spikevegeta, Narcissa Wright, Zoast, Sinister1, ZFG, and a lot more.
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Running With Speed does a phenomenal job of making the information of just what everyone is doing clear, which is a very difficult task considering the material. So long as you’re not looking for speed runners, or even knowing some of the terminology and records and who likes a favorite game, the vast majority of what it is can be found in a multitude of people’s heads. Even hardcore gamers don’t quite understand what these players are doing or why they do it sometimes. The series examines the subject of the subject and breaks everything down finely, so you can understand everything, even the nuances that have become erroneous in the community. These are the things we did about the animals in Super Metroid, but this is the case. After watching the documentary, I now see what the documentary has become like.
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In Running With Speed, the best moment in a long time that highlights how much speedrunning can be made, is Games Done Quick, an annual fundraising round of events where people try to do crazy speedrun types of the most favorite games of all time. In all the hopes they’ll donate money while they do this. The event had originally happened in MAGFest, until they discovered the internet not enough at the convention center. Forcing them to move locations to the owner’s mother’s basement, so that the event would happen. Since then, it turned into a two-year event – all the year long. Each year, it has been facilitated by multiple mini-marathon events, all of which aim to raise money for charity. This is a professional work that demonstrates how it’s done over the years. It also merits the task of observing that on the other hand.
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The careers of Mitchflowerpower and GrandPooBear and the change in speed, among my favorite parts. Since then, Mitch met his wife by himself and eventually moved to Utah, in which he lives and broadcasts almost daily. The way he becomes a full-time work has grown from a hobby to a World Record pursuit. The same can be said for GPB, who turned to gaming after an accident forced him to quit working as a professional snowboarder. He, too, has had a magnificent career from speedrunning to the point where a similar runner named BarbarousKing made two games about him with a third on the way. He even made a Red Bull partnership one of the few who got supported. And as the two friends play games done fast, we were watching live with this video, raising money for Doctors Without Borders.
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Running With Speed offers a lot of strength for me, so we can’t encapsulate one review without spoiling everything. It is a much better way to get on the subject, but shy of some other people who played a big role in making this speedrunning what it is today. There’s a lot of ground this series didn’t cover but might still cover, but they’d had to decide to make more episodes. But it’s the big takeaway because it’s worth your time to watch, particularly for gamers who have never gotten into speedrunning or may not learn completely any more about his history and want to learn more.