TASVideos

Tool-assisted game movies
When human skills are just not enough

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Total movies: 15


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]GBA Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (USA) "all souls" in 17:06.41 by Fz-last, klmz & Pike.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2016-09-08)
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Submission #5206 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #2995 (18:45.26)
Rating: 9.7 (21 votes)
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- Best ending
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Award - GBA TAS of 2016Award - Lucky TAS of 2016
Everyone who has at least once attempted to gather a soul from each of the 120 different enemies in Aria of Sorrow, especially during a speedrun, knows the frustration it incurs after a hundredth failed attempt to get the required drop. That just makes this all-souls TAS, played on hard mode, even more impressive.

This is an improvement of 1:38.85 over the previous movie, thanks to a more optimised route and newly used items. Please read the authors' comments for more details.

If you would like to see the game beaten even faster, don't miss the any% run by one of the authors, klmz.


Note: Starting from reset was necessary to use hard mode. However, doing so is normally not allowed — refer to the rules to see the reasons.

[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]GBC Pokémon: Yellow Version (USA/Europe) "arbitrary code execution" in 05:48.28 by MrWint.
lsnes movie (.lsmv) (date: 2017-04-01)
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Submission #5384 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #2341 (03:14.15)
Rating: 9.6 (19 votes)
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- Playaround
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Executes arbitrary code
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts save data
- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
Award - Gameboy TAS of 2017Award - Glitchy TAS of 2017Award - TAS of 2017
The current Pokémon: Yellow Version speed record uses heavy glitches that allow the player to catalog every Pokémon in slightly over a minute. Is there any way to get more ridiculous than that? Yes! In this run, using nothing but the Game Boy buttons and tool-assisted precision, the game is made to run an arbitrary program which greatly expands the game and shows off cool stuff from elsewhere too. For details on how this was achieved, see the author's comments.

This movie improves upon the predecessor by using a payload which builds upon the environment in the game highlighting new areas, new Pokémon, and shows off a lot more that can be done with arbitrary code execution than displaying the digits of Pi and some minor animation. For more runs that involve arbitrary code execution, see our published list of movies which execute arbitrary code as well as discussion in our forum.


Spoiler: Hover over the screenshot.

This video includes segments from some terrific games, including Pokémon Yellow, Crystal, and Gold, as well as from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX. Please check those games out.

This video includes music samples from The Orange Box soundtrack. If you've enjoyed what you've heard, you can purchase The Orange Box soundtrack from Amazon or iTunes.

This video includes a clip from SpongeBob SquarePants (season two), which can be purchased in its entirety from Amazon or iTunes.


[Tier: Stars]SNES Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (USA v1.0) "100%" in 1:59:35.12 by Baxter, Carl Sagan & NxCy.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2013-02-19)
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Submission #3865 — Author's comments
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Rating: 9.6 (38.5 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 100% completion
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Platform
Award - SNES TAS of 2013Award - TAS of 2013
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is a vibrant, colorful and fun game that stars the popular Yoshi. From a technical standpoint, the game is very exceptional on the SNES due to its use of the SuperFX² coprocessor. The chip allows for many cool special effects that are otherwise impossible on the SNES.

This is a 100% completion of the game. It plays through all the levels and collects every item that contributes to end-of-level score: 5 flowers, 20 red coins, and 30 stars. By getting 100% completion in each stage, six extra stages are also unlocked. These are played at the end of the run, again with 100% scores.

The authors of the run have spent over three years working on this run, showing off plenty of egg juggling, precise shots, and other incredible antics. This run does not use certain glitches present in the other runs of the game (an any% run and a warp glitch run), but there should still be plenty to surprise you. Reading the authors' lengthy comments is recommended.


[Tier: Stars][Console-verified][Has commentary]NES Super Mario Bros. 3 (USA PRG0) "warps" in 10:24.94 by Lord Tom, Maru & Tompa.
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Submission #6132 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1590 (10:25.6)
Rating: 9.5 (4 votes)
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- Uses warps
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Platform
Ever since Morimoto published his legendary movie in mid-2003, the players at TASVideos have repeatedly made it faster and faster and even faster! Of course, there doesn't ever seem to be a stop for when it is fastest.

This movie is 0.66 seconds faster than the previous movie. Most of the improvement comes from a new strategy in 8-Fortress as well as manipulating the score for lag reduction. For more details, see the run's comments.

You can see this run played on an NES right here.


The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.

[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]GC 007: Nightfire (USA) in 33:42.82 by FitterSpace, gamerfreak5665 & aleckermit.
Dolphin movie (.dtm) (date: 2017-12-08)
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Submission #5703 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #2443 (39:55.45)
Rating: 9.3 (9 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Racing
- Genre: Shooter
Award - Gamecube/Wii TAS of 2017
007: Nightfire is a James Bond game. Does anything more need to be said? Guns, cars, planes, submarines, spaceships, girls, and megalomaniacs.

Authors FitterSpace, gamerfreak5665 and aleckermit show off James Bond's impressive skill set, including cocaine-induced firearm handling and driving so reckless, not even a cute animal would give him car insurance.

This run improves upon the previous publication by more than six minutes of total run time, but with increased load time accuracy, new out of bound glitches, and better optimization, the real time saved compared to the previous run is nearly ten minutes.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Sonic 3 & Knuckles in 26:53.06 by Aglar & marzojr.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2014-12-17)
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Submission #4514 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1656 (29:51.2)
Rating: 9.3 (17.5 votes)
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Award - Sega TAS of 2014
Ludicrous-speed bouncing around. Completed without collecting any emeralds, with both Sonic and Tails controlled by the player.

This run takes everything you know about Sonic 3 & Knuckles and turns it upside-down. It extensively uses the "scroll objects offscreen to pass through them" trick to zip and warp to places that shouldn't be reached, break bosses, and effectively skip entire stages.

This latest effort by Aglar and marzojr represents the first published improvement of this run in over four years, and the first time since this run, over seven years ago, that the authors replayed the entire game instead of replaying only select levels and then splicing input from the previous movie. Every single level is faster, and there are some surprising new glitches in several stages. For more details, see the run's comments.

We also have similar movies in Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

And also we have runs with Amy, Knuckles, Tails, Knuckles ring attack, Sonic 100%, Knuckles 100%, Competition mode and Sonic and Tails on NewGame+.


The downloadable encodes in the second set use a camhack, which attempts to always keep Sonic onscreen and puts HD sprites on top of the background to make the TAS look even better.

[Tier: Stars][Fastest Completion]N64 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (USA) in 1:29:32.02 by MrGrunz.
Mupen64 movie (.m64) (date: 2011-08-04)
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Submission #3194 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #963 (2:14:03.08)
Rating: 9.3 (57 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
Award - N64/Wii TAS of 2011Award - TAS of 2011
In the direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link is back to being a lone boy without a fairy. One day, he is attacked by Skull Kid and his two fairies, Tatl and Tael, and they steal his ocarina. After pursuing Skull Kid, he is transformed into a Deku Scrub. Link continues pursuing Skull Kid all the way to the Clock Town (now with the help of Tatl the fairy, a more 'in yo face' version of Navi).

This TAS of the game is the result of three years of hard work and many restarts due to new discoveries. It features many never-before-seen tricks and glitches, and completes every dungeon without getting a single boss key. Everything is done out of order, in ways that will amaze the viewer and keep them on the edge of their seat the entire way through, including a whole new way of warping between the areas in the game's over-world, and a new method of traveling that makes even the longest stretches in the game seem tiny.

The author beats the game in two 3-day cycles (the previous route used three), and does so in a way that puts every past attempt at a 6-day challenge to shame.

Note: There are encodes of higher resolutions in the discussion thread. Also, if you know the cutscenes of this game by memory at this point and would rather watch an encode without them, it's your lucky day.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]SNES Super Metroid (JPN/USA) in 35:58.31 by Sniq.
lsnes movie (.lsmv) (date: 2018-03-20)
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Submission #5833 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #2078 (46:42.38)
Obsoletes movie #3362 (37:39.1)
Rating: 9.2 (15.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Super Metroid is a platform game and a follow-up to Metroid II. Like the previous games in the series, it is not divided into separate levels; the planet Zebes is an open world which Samus traverses back and forth. This world is divided into rooms separated with doors which must be shot to be opened. Shooting is also used to open up secret passages, some of which contain nifty bonuses, but finding most of them is required to proceed in the game.

This run not only beats the previous any% but also obsoletes the previous reverse boss order TAS due to similar routes. This is an improvement of 1:40.95 over the predecessor movie. As well as an improvement over the reverse boss order TAS by 10:40.51.

Sniq makes short work of Mother Brain and her space pirates, largely due to a major route change. Please read the author's submission notes for more information.


[Tier: Stars][Has commentary]Windows Cave Story (JPN 1.0.0.6) "best ending" in 50:10.3 by nitsuja.
Hourglass movie (.wtf) (date: 2011-11-12)
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Submission #3343 — Author's comments
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Rating: 9.0 (45 votes)
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- Best ending
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Award - Computer TAS of 2011Award - First edition TAS of 2011Award - TAS of 2011
Cave Story (2004) is a famous freeware indie game notable for being made entirely by one person, Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya.

Watch as nitsuja completely destroys this difficult game with amazingly precise movement. This playthrough saves Curly and finishes with the best ending after beating Ballos.

The program used to make this run, Hourglass, was also developed by nitsuja—with the creation of this run in mind. As such, it is our first published run of a Windows game.


Downloadable encodes and the YouTube encode include commentary as soft subtitles.

[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement][Console-verified][Fastest Completion]N64 Super Mario 64 (JPN) "1 Key" in 04:21.3 by Tyler Kehne, MKDasher, sonicpacker, Snark, SilentSlayers, Gaehne D, Eru, ToT, Plush & sm64expert.
Mupen64 movie (.m64) (date: 2016-11-24)
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Submission #5237 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #2016 (05:02.25)
Rating: 8.9 (25.5 votes)
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
At first there were 70 stars, because Bowser demanded it. Then there were 16 stars, because MIPS the Rabbit demanded it. Then there was 1 star, because Bowser's Sub demanded it. Then there were no stars, but 2 keys, because the door leading to the castle basement demanded it. Now there is 1 key because the viewers are impatient and demanded the game be quicker.

As with many other runs on this site, the goal of pure speed has resulted in the complete breaking of the game. Very little of the game's normal play remains. If you'd like to see more of what Super Mario 64 has to offer, see the "70 Stars, no BLJ" run or the "120 Stars" run.

This movie is 2457 frames faster than the previous movie due to the recently discovered and long sought after 'Moat Skip', new strategies and extreme optimizations made possible by parallel universes as explained in the submission text.

Super Mario 64 has a history of publications on this site. If you wish to see how it unfolded since the beginning, see the page SM64TASHistory. Also, if you have a hankering to see MIPS the rabbit, the 16 stars route has been improved.

You can also see this movie played back on a real console.

Or, if you're looking for a TAS on the Nintendo DS remake, you can watch it here.


Downloadable encodes are also available in 640x480 resolution:

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[Tier: Stars]GC Super Smash Bros. Melee (USA) "Adventure Mode" in 08:42.75 by numerics.
Dolphin movie (.dtm) (date: 2013-12-31)
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Submission #4116 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.8 (25.5 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Fighting
Award - First edition TAS of 2013Award - Nintendo 3D TAS of 2013
Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. fighting game series is rather different from your typical fighting game. Instead of wearing your opponent's health down to 0, you must knock him or her out of the battlefield. Damage counts upwards, with knockback from attacks that hit you becoming more severe as your damage increases. Fighting controls are also simplified, making it very easy for even your non-gaming friends to pick up and play.

Super Smash Bros. Melee offers fighters from the wealth of Nintendo characters like Mario, Bowser, different Pokémon, Link, and Kirby. They can either fight through the single-player modes like Classic, Adventure, and Event Mode, or they battle it out against other characters in a four-player frenzy.

Additional characters and stages are unlocked as hidden objectives are met, and coins rewarded for playing in all modes can be spent on a capsule toy machine. The toys in the machine represent games from Nintendo's entire video game history, and each can be viewed in 3D with a brief description.

In this TAS, numerics plays through Adventure Mode with Samus, abusing glitches to move through the stages at a high rate of speed while making the battles as entertaining as possible.

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[Tier: Stars]SNES International Superstar Soccer Deluxe (USA) "playaround" in 15:24.38 by Marcokarty.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2010-01-05)
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Submission #2531 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.7 (83.5 votes)
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- Playaround
- 2 Players
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Sport
Award - Funny TAS of 2010Award - SNES TAS of 2010
When watching sports, you're usually prepared for the unexpected. But what happens when it verges into the outright impossible?

In this superplay, watch in awe as a team is forced to score on its own goal ("OH NO! OWN GOAL!?"), the scoreboard mysteriously records extra goals that were never scored (and even rolls backwards at one point), and the very laws of physics themselves seem to get completely broken.


[Tier: Stars]NES Gimmick! (JPN) "100%" in 07:44.45 by Aglar & Hotarubi.
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Submission #2700 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.7 (40.5 votes)
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- 100% completion
- Best ending
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
A short Japanese game about a small green toy who can summon stars to help him defeat monsters and to use them as platforms to reach high places and travel fast.

In this movie, the authors collect all of the items to enter the secret 7th level after the boss at the end of the 6th level, and do so 2 minutes and 15 seconds faster than the previous movie.

The game cartridge of Gimmick! contains a special microchip, FME7, which extends the number of sound channels in the game from 5 to 8, creating a more melodic soundtrack than in most other NES games.

If you like this, be sure to check out the other run of this game, which skips the secret items.


[Tier: Stars]SNES Family Feud (USA) "playaround" in 06:46.28 by Heisanevilgenius.
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Submission #2166 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.7 (98.5 votes)
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- Playaround
- Genre: Gameshow
Award - Funny TAS of 2009Award - Innovative TAS of 2009
Family Feud (1993) follows the premise of the American TV show of the same name. Two families are pitted against each other in a contest aimed at guessing the results of a public survey. In the first two rounds, the first family member to press a button and give a concise answer that happens to be on the survey earns points. After that, this family can continue guessing answers on the survey, with control switching to the other family on incorrect guesses. After two rounds, the family with fewer points is disqualified, and the last round allows two members of the remaining family to list several of the existing survey answers in a very short time period.

Heisanevilgenius's family, The As, ignores all that and goes with elaborate and utter nonsense instead… only to find the host accepting their answers as correct. The other family, The Halls, doesn't even get the chance to insert a word, proving the racial prejudice of the host. Watch the game and see for yourself.

If you liked how this movie abuses a text recognition system, also see the trouble that TAS tools bring to a drawing recognition system.

Note: Some answers contain coarse language.


[Tier: Stars]NES Rockman 4 Minus Infinity (v0.02) "all items" in 34:43.72 by Baddap1.
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Submission #5752 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #3343 (34:52.44)
Rating: 7.8 (6 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is the most extensive Mega Man 4 hack in existence, and probably one of the most extensive hacks of any NES game in existence.

It features heavily reworked weapons, brand new weapons, new items, all-new boss patterns, and brand new stages with new music and entirely new gimmicks. All kinds of obstacles, enemies, bosses and minibosses have been taken from other games from the series, including the Game Boy series and even the SNES and PSX games. It must all be seen to be believed.

This run improves the predecessor movie by the same author by 8.71 seconds, despite switching to a new category, "all items". This is largely due to extensive use of zipping to skip some boss fights. For more details, see the submission description and discussion.

"True pleasure cannot be attained unless one is out of the ordinary."
"Supreme bliss! Your brain has now been fried by that sort of pleasure. Your life from this point on will consist only of you pursuing that sort of pleasure"

TAS (tool-assisted superplay) - is the craft of creating superhuman gameplay movies. We aim to play games in the most incredible way they will allow, which means we investigate games as hard as we can, and try to showcase every tiny feature they have inside. Deep investigation and endless experimenting discover things many people could not imagine about the games we TAS. We then use these features to present how the games afford to be played, in all the ways we can invent. The most popular ways are to use the game resources to push the games to their speed limits (beating them as fast as their engines allow) and to play around in the funniest manner.

Now, we are not going to lie to you, the casual visitor, we have to use specific tools for what we do. We keep 10 savestate slots for all kinds of route testings, we roll back just every outcome we are not satisfied with. We play frame by frame, exploring all types of behaviour the game provides. We hold a game on an endless pause, observing its internal memory addresses, mulling over the options to act, calculating the potential profit of different variants, applying them to the gameplay, inventing the new and unexpected decisions by insight... It's quite a new form of amusement. Especially if you TAS the game you played in your childhood, you supposed you knew every aspect of it, have snooped every corner of its levels, and now you have an ability to dive into it completely, and not just play it, but play with it. That anxious feeling, which is pretty undescribable.

You still think TASing is easy? You think we bot those games? You think we have the tools that beat games instead of us, so that we just control the result? Huh! No tool can create art by itself, it only helps us to "draw" our ideas within the playgrounds, that we consider those games to be. And we also love to work hard! Only the hard work produces the supreme bliss! Enjoy the list of the most delicious mockery we handle every day:

  • Games with physics models that require a ludicrous amount of manipulation for optimal speed. Press right for one frame, A for the next frame, nothing for two frames, right for eight more frames (unless you touch the ground on frame six, in which case you'll need to backflip into a circle while abusing your keyboard) etc. etc.
  • When there are like 10+ ways to do something, and you have to test every one up to its perfection, to come up with the fastest.
  • "Hurray, half of the run is done, which has been in progress for 7 months, a new trick was found... Time to restart!"
  • "Oh God, I just got a coin 5 frames faster!!!" Picking a hex editor and pasting the rest of the already done run after the improved section. The rest of the run kindly desyncs... "TAS all over again, yay!"
  • Finishing a large portion of gameplay only to find that you lost a few frames near the beginning.
  • Reproducing a glitch that you accidentally stumbled on, aren't really sure how it works, and rerecorded it over.
  • Having to backflip all the way, because the hero normally moves like a lazy turtle.
  • Looking at the decompiled source for the first time, seeking for very specific things, when you have zero idea how the game works in the first place. Assembly is the least friendly language ever.
  • Trying to manipulate luck from a point 10,000 frames back, which messes up everything in between.
  • Keeping motivation for an entire project and trying to ignore the lures of a shiny new TAS to work on.
  • Working for several hours trying to save 3-4 frames and succeeding, but later you lose them because of a frames rule.
  • You submit a movie that gets quickly obsoleted by someone, then you improve over him, he submits an ever faster version, until one of you gives up. Frame wars.
  • See more in that thread.
But we don't mind actually. It is worth it. We just wanted you to know that superhuman outcome goes only after superhuman effort. Once you succeed, you can't stop. Did you think we would not show the goodies to you? Catch!

Fun aspects of the process (TASing):

  • Controlling the freak paradise (time rewinding, memory monitoring, ...)
  • Meaningful investigation (consuming new unique information)
  • Objectively unique task (the gameplay suggests puzzles no one actually created)
  • Nostalgia factor (childhood games)
  • Flow (mental state)
  • Luck (impossible + hard work -> possible)
  • Collaborative enjoyment (still rare here)

Rewarding aspects of the result (TAS movie):

  • Competitive enjoyment (frequent here)
  • Positive feedback (impossible + hard work -> possible)
  • Personal feeling of achievement (final product)
  • Community status/ranks/comments/etc (the more the better)
  • Personal feeling of self-perfection (improving your soul, mind, abilities)

Now, since you're introduced, you may want to read some actual explanations of how TAS works, or see more impressive movies (the 10-movie list is just 0.1% of what we actually got). See the About page if so, it is full of helpful links, and Movies page tabs, suggesting different options of navigation. Have fun here!



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NewcomerCorner last edited by feos on 2013-07-29 16:33:12
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