Top Three Thursday 6/26: SGDQ 2014 moments (so far)

This review will cover what I have witnessed in SGDQ 2014 as of June 26 at 2:00 PM EDT. To catch a GDQ, follow http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda on Twitch or visit their website at http://gamesdonequick.com/

3. Super Meat Boy “Forest” world blindfolded (boss included) by MattyIce3131

MattyIce3131 ran Super Meat Boy 106% (all levels (glitch levels included), bandages, and warp zones) two days prior, but what really caught my attention was the donation incentive that ensued afterwards: a blindfolded run through the entirety of world 1. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be deprived of sight, let alone for an outrageous platformer like Super Meat Boy. Sure, it does require trial and error to at least some degree, and the runner must have memorized the layout of each level after continued runs of the game, but still, it’s hard to imagine.

2. Trials Fusion run by TheBlazeJP (and bonus ninja level by TheBoshos)

Prior to this, I’d only played Trials Evolution (and the old Trials games online, but that’s all a blur), but I can’t say I don’t like the sequel. As mentioned throughout the run, TheBlazeJP makes it look so easy, but it does require intricate inputs as far as accelerating, decelerating, and leaning, especially for the “extreme” levels. The run did have some interesting moments, like the cyclist’s screams (which was also a thing in Evolution), the background voices with subtitles (which TheBlazeJP left on but TheBoshos turned off), some of the tricks involved, and the butthole-clenching moments during the “extreme” levels (and the ninja level as well). There was one moment in particular, though, that had me on the edge of my seat. I can’t recall the details too vividly and I don’t know what the level was called, but it may have somehow involved water. Anyway, it was a jump from a lower block to a more elevated and slightly more distant one, and he bounced off the elevated block onto the lower one, and while it looked like he was going to fall backwards, a fender bump set him level on the lower block and gave him another chance, which he seized without error. To summarize it in one Twitch emote:

(not to mention owl hype)

1. Cosmo’s ZZT run

My goodness… I can never get a clear-cut idea of what this game is, and it doesn’t help that 1) the donation reader was completely confused during the whole run, and 2) the run was so fast-paced that Cosmo had extremely little room to explain what was going on. All I know is that you get purple keys to bust into a palace or something or other. Another mystifying thing about the run was that, despite his run on YouTube being 10:25 and his estimated time being 15 minutes, his actual time was 6:41. He did say he was using some “hold pause” glitch which he didn’t implement in the YouTube video, but it’s all over my head. Heck, this game is over my head.

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