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Submission #1740: adelikat & JXQ's NES River City Ransom "Playaround" in 12:55.38

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: River City Ransom
Game version: USA
ROM filename: River City Ransom (U).nes
Branch: Playaround
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 12:55.38
FrameCount: 46523
Re-record count: 23051
Author's real name: adelikat & JXQ
Author's nickname: adelikat & JXQ
Submitter: JXQ
Submitted at: 2007-10-25 21:54:11
Text last edited at: 2019-06-13 01:58:21
Text last edited by: adelikat
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
River City Ransom is a goofy game which deserves a goofy TAS.

We looked at previous submissions and demonstrations of this game and tried to include the most entertaining parts of what was available, and add in a few ideas of our own along the way. Hopefully you'll get a kick out of it.

Bonus: Watch this run with the option "Allow more than 8 sprites per scanline" checked to make it easier to see when there are many sprites on the screen at once. This option is located in the main menu under Config -> Video.

(Changing this option may require an emulator restart if the colors get messed up, but it will save this setting.)

Suggested Screenshot

Bisqwit: Nice screenshot!

Judging decision

Bisqwit: Here is the judging decision.

Those who say that "[this movie] doesn't belong on this site" can go read WhyAndHow again.

A movie is entertaining when it is:
* Interesting (not slow, boring, or repetitive)
* Surprising (does the unexpected)
* Skillful (handles awkward situations efficiently and creatively)
our main goal is to create movies that are beautiful to watch.

In my opinion, this site needs more movies like this. This is the ideal.

However, such movies pose a judging problem. Movies that compete for speed are easy to compare; just a scalar number against a scalar number. But play-around movies like this; if you receive a couple of them, what should you do? How can you judge them and decide which ones to keep and which ones to discard?

This is all politics, and that's where this submission is stuck at. Does it honestly deserve the place it's aiming at?
Even the voting feedback does not make the decision all that clear. We have to remember all the kind of bias that exists in the votes. (Indeed, judging is not a democratic process; the votes are there just to give an idea of audience reception.)

I am accepting this movie on the following grounds:

  • The votes have been positive for the most part.
  • The movie is consistent with the message of this siteā€¦
    • A message which has been underpresented lately.
  • It is not embarrassingly too long.

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