Click the image to enter the stream (STREAM ONE)! From 22nd July until 29th of July the European Speedrun Assembly (ESA). Two streams, check the schedules here for stream one and stream two. Basically it's GDQ but in a more informal setting.
I thought I'd make us a topic to discuss speedrunning, including any major events coming up or discuss new records, fun runs and such.
Some general speedrunning info; Speedrunning is a bunch of people trying to finish a game as quick as possible and compete for the best times. Speedrunners frequently stream their attemps Glitches and skips are allowed and usually encouraged since it leads to faster times, however there are seperate categories for the people who do not wish to speedrun like for most games that have gigantic time skips thanks to glitches.
The main seperate categories are Any%, which is finishing the game as quickly as possible in any way possible and 100%, clearing the game completely and NG+ which is a seperate category for games that have a New Game+ mode.
Additionally, people spend a lot of time on Tool-Assissted runs (TAS). These are runs where tools are used to perform frame perfect or (sub)pixel perfect input and create a perfect run. Quite a few TAS runs end up being turned into regular runs by insane people. Here is a TAS vs. real-time comparison of Mario Bros. the player also performs some extremely difficult tricks that the TAS also does;
Some sources to check out;
speedrun.com, the most used leaderboard.
Games Done Quick, the biggest speedrunning events in the world.
European Speedrun Assembly, another big speedrunning event.
RPG Limit Break, popular speedrunning community, also has FF relays.
The 1545, large relay challenge of Rareware, Spyro, Crash, DK and Marios.
As this is a GTA Forum, recently (2 days ago) a new trick was found to make Vice City Any% category even shorter, it now takes less than 9 minutes to finish it;
I myself only run one game, which is a game no one else plays, so I can keep my first place for the rest of my life, only trying to beat myself. Huzza.
From 14 'till 17th of July, there is a big relay race between six teams of 13 games in a row (Spyro 1-3, Crash 1-3, Kazooie, Tooie, DK64, M64, M: Sunshine, SM Galaxy, SM Galaxy 2), named the 1545.