Tool-assisted game movies
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Submission #1574: MikeRS's GBC Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 04:16.38

Console: Game Boy Color
Game name: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - 2nd Edition (U).gbc
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 04:16.38
FrameCount: 15383
Re-record count: 161
Author's real name: Mike Swanson
Author's nickname: MikeRS
Submitter: MikeRS
Submitted at: 2007-05-20 18:04:39
Text last edited at: 2014-12-26 00:07:19
Text last edited by: CoolKirby
Download: Download (394 bytes)
Status: decision: rejected
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Author's comments and explanations:
This run tries to complete the Game Boy Color game based on a popular TV-show. The run heavily manipulates which questions are displayed, and I probably took around two-three hours just figuring out how to manipulate that darn thing.


The game seems to pick two questions in advance (though I'm not sure where it gets the first two from...). It's a bit hard to explain, so graphically it looks something like this:

  • Question 1 is "What is your name?" <-- Current
  • Question 2 is "What is your quest?" <-- Next question unchangeable by the first
  • Question 3 is either "What is your favorite color?" or "What is the capital of Assyria?" <-- Determined by the amount of time spent on Question 1

Pausing does count for the amount of time spent, so I use that in order to manipulate the game. Sometimes, however, it pays off to simply get a question with an answer of B, C, or D, due to the amount of time it takes simply to manipulate it otherwise.

The game also features a "Final Answer?" prompt (for those unfamilar with the game show, Regis Phillman adopted the use of that question not too long after the show started, in case someone looked unsure; I think it later became required for contestants to state it's their final answer), which is determined by the time spent on the current question. For both questions which would have asked this prompt, I did not enter input as soon as possible, but instead waited one frame and held down the A-button for two frames, this caused the prompt to not appear.

Overall, this run is about 12 seconds faster than my test-run I posted on the forums. I would like to thank Chamale for motivating me to actually make a better run, and Groudon199 for advising to manipulate the "Final Answer?" prompt.

Bisqwit: This submission got bad reception. A bad concept to TAS. Therefore, rejecting. Also, next time you submit a movie, do not start lines with a space. As explained on the Text Formatting Rules, such lines start preformatted text, which circumvents the automatic line breaking that normally happens, causing horizontal scroll bars when the lines are long. Use a list (* at beginning of line) or blockquote (> at beginning of line) instead, depending on purpose.

FractalFusion: Re-rejecting since game show games do not qualify for vault.

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