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Speedruns or Speed Runs?

Well, there it is. I finished up MGS3 this weekend. It took 81/2 pages of notes, 24 days, with 25 hours of recorded game time. (Actual game time was probably somewhere around 50, I would guess, since I would have to restart if I was spotted, or died during a boss battle.)

I only shot 56 of the 64 Kerotan frogs; but I did collect all of the food items, got all of the boss camos, and received the stealth camo. I counted 60 areas of gameplay.

Of course, all of this is amateur stuff compared to speedruns like these:

Adnan Kauser’s MGS3 run:

http://www.archive.org/details/MetalGearSolid3_EuExtreme_FoxHound_12946

Takeshi’s MGS2 run:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJguEjH6mA&feature=related

and Matt Powell’s MGS run:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU8Yws8XY7I

I’ve only just discovered that these even existed, but I can’t believe the planning and execution that would have to go into a speed run (or speedrun, I’ve seen it both ways) like this.

Now, after watching these speed runs, here’s what I would love to see. Let’s take MGS, the 1998 Playstation version; get all of the cutscenes, all of the codec conversations that are vital to the plot, and a speed run like Powells; then cut them together so that you could watch it like a (really long) movie. And do it for each of the games in the series. I would buy those on DVD.

That’s my million dollar idea for the day.

Oh, and if I were Konami, I would create a tour, so that you could go see these guys live, in-person, when they’re making a record breaking run.

Look at that. Two million dollar ideas in one day. Not too shabby.

screentone out.

The River

I spent the day at the river with my dad. (That’s him on the left holding the stick.)

Went fishing with live bait. Just look at the size of this monster!

Can you spot the frog in this photo? Click on the image for a closer look.

Krikey! A lizard lost its tail. (That’s it just to the left of the shadow.) It was still wiggling when I took this photo, but the lizard was nowhere to be found.

screentone out

Art Show Photos

Here are a couple of crowd shots from the show. We had a great turnout; an incredible number of people really. I also have a bunch of shots of the show that my friend Binh took. I’ll be trying to post those in some fashion as well; the image files are huge, but I’d like to post as many as possible. Maybe it’s time to research flickr?

Binh’s a better photog, so I’ll bet he’s got better shots. Here’s another one, though. It was great to have so many people; and so many people buying tshirts, especially since the proceeds went to charity.

And what the heck. Here’s one more. This guy really loved his tshirt. And why not? It’s a sweet T. I bought one, myself.

More photos tomorrow; as soon as I figure out the best way to post them.

I also added a little bit of Herocaps behind the scenes. There’s a link on the sidebar.

And, remember, more tomorrow!

Friday Night Photo

The last time I stopped by my buddy’s place, he had an inoperative microwave taking up space on his counter.

Last night I stopped by for a brief visit, to find that he put that microwave to good use:

Microwave Endtable! Too sweet.

Update: I turned the artwork for Jonesin 4 Indy into a 1024×768 wallpaper. You can find it in the sidebar under the Pages header.

New Feature!

The Custom Headers Viewer.

I added a page where you can view all of the headers that have appeared on screentone. It’s on the sidebar under Pages and About.

I took all of the pictures myself! Cropping the originals in this way makes them look way better than they are.