favorite speedruns

We’re only three days into Summer Games Done Quick 2019, but already we’ve seen plenty of entertaining runs. Games Done Quick events are fun in part because they showcase a variety of genres—from RPGs to platformers and beyond. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. Even outside of events like GDQ, there are all kinds of speedruns out there, including some you’d never think possible. With so many options available, what games make up your favorite speedruns?

I like all types of speedruns, but my favorite speedruns tend to be highly technical runs which show off the runner’s skill over the utilization of glitches. Seeing runners break games can be quite fun, but there’s nothing like seeing a runner overcome adversity through pure prowess. Runs of games like Celeste and the Souls series are always enjoyable to watch because I know how hard the games usually are. Having run games like Cuphead, I understand the levels of concentration and skill needed to put on a good run and I have infinitely more appreciation for skill-based games as a result.

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I also enjoy watching speedruns of games I grew up playing. I watch a lot of Super Mario Sunshine runs, for instance, because I spent hours upon hours as a youngster gathering Shines on Isle Delfino. These runs evoke a strong nostalgia for a simpler time. Often I realize that I didn’t appreciate the games enough growing up. Watching these speedruns make me want to boot up my old systems and play the games again for old times’ sake.

How about you? Do you have a favorite speedrun? What makes watching a speedrun enjoyable? Let us know in the comments!

Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning or watching as much anime as he possibly can.

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