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Submission #1697: mmbossman's Genesis Vectorman 2 in 09:01.57

Console: Sega Genesis
Game name: Vectorman 2
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Vectorman 2 (W) [!]
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 09:01.57
FrameCount: 32494
Re-record count: 9059
Author's real name: Nick Mong
Author's nickname: mmbossman
Submitter: mmbossman
Submitted at: 2007-09-14 04:50:20
Text last edited at: 2007-10-03 16:42:42
Text last edited by: adelikat
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Here is my submission of an improved Vectorman 2 movie, 33.6 seconds (2017 frames) faster than m-eighty’s run. I originally planned to try to do this concurrently with my first Vectorman movie, however I lost motivation for TASing for a while and this got put on hold for 3 or 4 months. But I’m back, and here it is.

This movie was recorded using Gens version 9z, and while it suffered desynchs at times during recording, it was mostly due to shooting a specific block and having it break while I’m playing but not having it break upon playback of the movie. I think I’ve managed to get rid of all the past issues thankfully. I played this on the hardest level, which starts you out only having 3 health points to lose, however I do pick up an extra one in level three that allows me to be a little more liberal with where I take damage (always to save time).

The time saved comes mainly from optimization in all levels, although big gains came from levels 2 (2 seconds), 5 (2 seconds), 18 (3 seconds) and 22 (18 seconds). Overall m-eighty’s movie was pretty good, I only had three or four route changes throughout the movie, and spent most of my time with minor frame shaving for each level.

There are, I’m sure, areas for further optimization, though I’m not sure how much (3-4 total seconds would be a reasonable guess, barring any new major sequence break). I’m still not quite happy with the block climbing just before Shadownose, and I know that Shout and Twist can be done a little faster because I could not get the “random” wind gusts to cooperate at all, although it didn’t cost me too much time. However I’m pretty certain that level 3 is nearly flawless, due to the amount of time I put into it. I hated that level with a passion.

Some general info about the game:

Thanks to anyone who gave me advice or helped out, specifically Mike/ m-eighty, Upthorn, moozooh, and adelikat. Any other questions I’d be happy to answer in the discussion. Enjoy!

NesVideoAgent: Hi! I am a robot. I took a few screenshots of this movie and placed them here. I'm not sure I got the right ROM though. (I tried Vectorman 2 (U) [!].gen, which was the closest match to what you wrote.) Well, here goes! Feel free to clean up the list.
<Pics removed due to generally being too dark. I'll find some better frames>

Truncated: Accepted as an improvement to our current movie.

adelikat: Encoding.

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