ha that's crazy, somewhere floating around (I think neowin has it in their forums) is the entire pack of the guy FLYING through every level in SMB3 without any warps or anything, it's a 450 some odd meg file with each world seperated into it's own avi, but it's worth it, the guy is nuts
:I'd walk a million miles for your love, I'd walk a million more for that little thing you do with your tongue :
In Asia (Japan, S. Korea) the entire methodology of gaming is totally different.
In America and Europe, players typically stop to wait for an obstacle to move out of their way, in Japan, players typically look for a way to get around the object by changing their path through the stage.
In Mother Russia, obstacle looks for ways around you!
But I digress, their goal isn't just to do something, but to do it well.
If you're ever bored, dig up Mario 1, hold down the B button the whole way through, and aim for the coins as you blow through the level. The coins are there to teach you a basic 'line'. The same is true of the rings in the first two Sonic games (Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles kinda moved towards more scripted gameplay). Check it out some time.
And colossus, there are a lot of people who would make that exact same joke about some guy who spends 25 hours working on perfecting a winamp skin. :P
Sorry everyone at customize but this link is spreading like free cake, i had to take the file down untill i remember how to use .hta properly. (from 700mb to 11 gig in less then a day - i only get 50 gig limit a month i can't handle a world wide leech)
Look, I love video games as much as the next guy. I mean I really love them.
But the guy who spends his time learning to play like that is kind of sad, as there is no end product, no real reward. Just some props when his lttle video hits the net. He's just learned to push buttons like a trained monkey.
If you're goal is to "isn't just to do something, but to do it well. " I can think of a lot better things to waste time on.
You're assuming there even WAS a huge time investment in this. After seeing the video and trying some runs like that (like that specifically, I've been doing speed runs in general since I was a kid), it really isn't that hard to do if you set out to do it in the first place.
"But the guy who spends his time learning to skin like that is kind of sad, as there is no end product, no real reward. Just some props when his lttle winamp skin hits the net. He's just learned to push buttons in Photoshop like a trained monkey."
and hell, this guy is legendary now, more people have seen his video than have seen ANY of our work.
@flint, Seriously, I can't begin to tell you how well known 'superplays' are in S. Korea, Japan, The Philippines... This thing has been doing the rounds for months in the UK and the Americas as well, and I'm pretty sure it's been slashdotted at least once.
The top five wallpapers on the entire site have only been downloaded an average of 35,000 times. I'd say the statement that more people have seen this than seen any of our work is a pretty fair one. Colossus' most downloaded is around 3,500, mine is right around 2,000... so yeah, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Oh, I'll agree with you about the Far East. I was thinking more of the U.S., where most people don't care so much about ridiculous video game prowess. For example, they don't really have pro sports in Korea, so they worship Starcraft players instead. And that's pretty sad.
By the way, the statement that the guy was "legendary" what was what I was saying was not debatable. I just couldn't in good conscience buy that. I'm sure more people have seen that than our stuff here. Then again, this site isn't as popular as some others. Why that is I'm not really sure, but I don't concern myself with it.
the best part is gonna be when it turns out that the 'mario god' is a cute korean girl - because the videos are both believe to have originated in S. Korea, and Korean males tend to prefer online games to console platformers. :P
seriously, come to think of it, there's a very good chance it's a woman.