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Samsara

Samsara just exists now.


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Endless Praise

"Samsara is the best poster on the site, bar none. And if you disagree, you should look at the Super Metroid 100% Map Run thread." -- Invariel

"I think Samsara wins the most entertaining homepage award" -- adelikat

"...at the very least, a 'meh' vote" -- ars4326


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Samsara was released in the US on June 25th, 1990, to critical acclaim. They were developed and published by their mother, and currently boasts a stunning N/A on Metacritic. A self-described "bullshit psychologist", Samsara's goal in life is to help a lot of people, whether it be through therapy, teaching, or telling transphobic misogynist psychopaths to kill themselves. They're currently procrastinating by TASing a bunch of games no one has ever played, because unlike some people they have their priorities straight. Now if only they could keep themselves straight, ~*ladies*~ ;3

Despite their symbolic name, Samsara is not Buddhist, nor religious in any way. They actually named themselves after the unique attack of Daisoujou, a demon from the Shin Megami Tensei game series. Don't ask them about religion. They'll just tilt their head and stare at you blankly. If you think that's cute, then I sincerely hope you're female, otherwise they'll find you creepy. No men allowed in Samsara's treehouse fort. They're more commonly known around the internet as Samsa, named for the lead character in Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". They likes to refer to themselves as "the internet's most hated Samsa", because hyperbole.

Their favorite games include Star Ocean: The Second Story, EarthBound, Persona 3 and Persona 4, and Bubble Bath Babes, at least one of which they try to go through once a year... Except they usually fail, because Bubble Bath Babes is pretty difficult :c The only anime Samsara has seen most of is the Dangan Ronpa anime, because at one point in their life Samsara was actually more insufferable than they are now. Before they got really involved with TASvideos, they administrated various roleplay groups, something that they are simultaneously embarrassed by and totally okay with. Now, most of their roleplaying happens in the bedroom. Actually, all of it happened in the bedroom before, since that's where their laptop and PC are. I don't know what I was thinking saying that. I apologize.

Despite being volatile, cynical, pessimistic, misanthropic, and other words Hot Topic shoppers usually use to describe themselves, Samsara is actually a nice and reasonable person when they're treated with respect. They like to think they're self-aware enough to be able to realize they're acting out of line and apologize for it, but they're probably wrong. They don't usually hold grudges (even though it seems like it sometimes), and they're more than willing to forgive anyone and everyone, but they can absolutely lay the smack down when she feels it's necessary. As of October 3rd, 2015, they are now a site Judge! Somehow, that actually happened! As of November 16th, 2016, they have stepped down. A year's pretty good, they guess.

Samsara's Youtube account, full of unlisted temp encodes and public embarrassment, is located right dang ol' here. You are not pressured to change your ways of liking and/or subscribing with the revelation of this new information. Those metrics are merely a social construct, like racism, gender identity, and Robocop. He was a pretty social construct, wasn't he? ...He talked, right? I don't watch movies. I just want that joke to work. We can make it work. Together. As a family.

If you really like things that don't update and the above Youtube channel just isn't enough for you, you can follow Samsara on Twitter here, shockingly enough. I don't know why you'd want to do that, though. What's wrong with you? Why would you stalk a poor, defenseless person like that? What have they ever done to you to deserve this? They're so sweet and innocenpffffffffffthahahaha, okay sorry, couldn't keep a straight face there. Samsara doesn't post often, but when they do, it's unfunny.

And finally, if you wanna be at the forefront of following things that are never used and Twitter/YouTube can't quench that powerful thirst, Samsara's on Twitch doing some dumb TAS things sometimes and maybe playing games once or twice, but most of the time it's just gonna be Straight Nothin'.

Speaking of straight and nothin'...


Identity

I get questioned on this often enough to warrant a separate section so I can easily link it without rambling on about who I am or what I consider myself to be, so here I am giving the Ultimate Long-Winded Write-Up. Feel free to disregard it completely.

I was born biologically male, but over the course of my life I've had much more positive experiences with women. I was raised mostly by my mom and grandmother, made better friends with girls while going through school, and just generally didn't get along with other guys. At 13, I started growing my hair out, mostly because of laziness, but the longer it got, the more I got complimented on it. Eventually, I started to be mistaken for a girl. I didn't mind. I was a tiny little misandrist at the time, I really didn't like my own gender, and I didn't really like myself that much either. Being called a girl for the first time (and the next 100 times) was a blessing in disguise, really.

This more or less continued until I was 17, where I decided to go full hog and do the awful Halloween trope of a guy dressing up as a girl, except I didn't want to just look like a guy in drag. I got help from friends and went all the hell out on it. To put it simply, I loved doing it. I loved how I looked, how people treated me, the whole spectacle of it all, really. So I started actually crossdressing at the end of my time in school, then I dropped out because School Is For Losers, and that's around the time where I became, well... Confused about myself.

A couple years after getting out of school, things like Tumblr and trans* rights started coming up more frequently, getting popular and all that, and around that time I had honestly started entertaining the thought of a sex change, but I could never really justify doing it. I'm a heterosexual male, for one, so my relationship options would be quite limited if I decided to go through with it, since I have no intention of linking myself romantically with men. But there's also the strain on the relationships with my friends and family, having known me as male for 20 years at that point, and with me having told none of them about what I was going through, it'd be a shock. So I kept it hidden.

But it kept coming back, the thought of transitioning, the thought of finally being happy with myself, and it added a lot of stress to my life. I had always told myself I would go through with it, I started telling my friends what was going on, I lost friends over it and gained others over it, I entered new relationships, told them my feelings, and had them tell me they would leave me if I went through with it. So every time, I'd just say "If she ever leaves me, I'm doing it." It never happened.

Just recently, I kinda forced myself to make a decision on myself and who I am, and I came up with this: I'm just myself. I don't care what anyone calls me, I don't care about pronouns or anything, I'm just living my life the way I want to live it. If you call me a guy, okay. That's what I am physically, I can't fault you for that. It's the way I'm most likely going to biologically stay for the rest of my life. It's a part of me like any other, and I won't get offended over it. If you call me a girl, cool. That's what I'd love to be, and I'm always flattered by people thinking that way about me. There's a small chance that in the future, I'll find some justification to transition, and maybe I'll just fully identify as female from then on, but even if that happens I still won't mind being called male or anything.

Why? Because the reality of the situation is that I'm just Samsa, or Samsara, or EnergyNede in a couple of places. I identify as myself and whatever people want to call me. Over my life, I've been called everything under the sun, positive and negative, insulting and complimentary, I've been called an angel and the devil, a lifesaver and a life destroyer. Nothing else fazes me at this point.

Given some recent events, however, I'm considering stepping back from this female persona. Not bad events, mind, just reflecting on my future and trying to figure out what's best for me as a person. The female stuff will never not flatter me, but I feel like if I let myself get more absorbed in it, I'll just want to try justifying a transition, and that'll always end in tears for me.

So... Yeah. Do whatever the hell you want, tbh.

Quick Summary

  • Any pronouns, I don't care
  • No interest in actually transitioning: Can't justify it due to stress and readjustment and potential heavy backlash
  • Only romantically/sexually interested in women
  • Not an SJW but gender identities and trans* rights are hugely important to me
  • deal with it B)
  • For anyone wondering: The "SC" I've been tagging my submissions with recently stands for the name I would go by if I transitioned. okay that's it bye


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Movie Errata, or Movierrata, If You Will

Underrated Movies imo tbh lmao

I have weird opinions on TASes and this should eventually be an indicator of that.

[1760] DS Ivy the Kiwi? (USA) "100%" by Ryuto in 15:23.86
One of those movies that came along and surprised the hell out of people, it unfortunately faded back into obscurity over time.

[2986] SMS Lord of the Sword (USA/Europe) by Isotarge in 14:07.42
It is a crime that this run went under the radar. Thoroughly broken inside and out, and you don't even need to be familiar with the game to appreciate it.

[2990] NES The Guardian Legend (USA) by Zakky the Goatragon in 42:38.15
Still surprised this hasn't gotten more attention. A really well-done movie of a long-requested game done by a first-time TASer deserves more credit than what it's gotten since it was published.

[3039] GBA LEGO Bionicle (USA) by TheMG2 in 08:15.42
MG's probably going to be praised and remembered for Metroid Prime Hunters in the same way that InfamousKnight is going to be made fun of for Metroid Prime Hunters (i.e, constantly), but I'm always going to prefer Bionicle, because I was a Bionicle-loving child once and this is a really great run.

[2684] N64 Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (JPN v1.0) by MATCH6974 in 1:03:29.47
An absolutely goddamn ridiculous run of one of my favorite N64 games. Mystical Ninja is fantastic, this run is fantastic. Please watch the hell outta this run. It's long, but worth it.

My Dumb Boring Movies Or Something

Oh right, I TAS too, don't I.

Total movies: 21


[Tier: Vault]A2600 Riddle of the Sphinx (USA) in 01:37.41 by Samsara.
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Submission #4767 — Author's comments
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Rating: 3.2 (9 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Adventure
As the Pharaoh's Son, it is up to the Prince to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead, by reaching the Temple of Ra and solving the riddle of the Sphinx. Armed with a sling and some rocks, the Prince journeys across Egypt, trading with nomads, digging for treasures, and calling upon the goddess Isis for counsel and healing.

This run by Samsara uses the Sceptre to move faster, and carefully manipulates nomads, Isis, and the Sphinx to finish the game in the fastest time possible.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Earnest Evans (USA) in 07:36.54 by Samsara.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2015-12-09)
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Rating: 7.6 (4 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Earnest Evans is an Indiana Jones-esque treasure hunter who has to go through various levels and settings and battle hordes of monsters and bosses.

Samsara knocks off another 14.94 seconds to the previously published movie, thanks to new tricks used and better optimisation.


[Tier: Stars]Genesis Gunstar Heroes (USA) in 31:00.33 by Samsara.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2016-12-05)
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Submission #5297 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.1 (6 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Award - Sega TAS of 2016
Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis, but, ironically, was commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which can be combined in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages. The author takes special care to showcase all the moves the game is capable of, using every possible attack and having lots of fun playing around in autoscrolling sections.

This movie is a little under 4 and a half minutes faster than the previous one due to more aggressive boss fights and a new movement technique. See the author's comments for more details.

The encodes for this movie are also slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.


[Tier: Stars]GG Coca Cola Kid (JPN) in 08:26.47 by Samsara, ars4326 & dekutony.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2015-08-29)
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Rating: 7.2 (11 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Coca Cola Kid is a platformer starring Coca Cola's Japanese mascot of the 90s. On his way through the levels, the kid can make use of a skateboard, but has to continue by foot if knocked off. Enemies can be defeated by kicks and flying kicks. Unsurprisingly, energy is restored by collecting cans of a certain soft drink. Its gameplay bears a very strong resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog, which is no coincidence, since it's built off of the Sonic the Hedgehog engine and was made by Sega.

Samsara, ars4326 and dekutony rush to the end in good old Sonic-- ahem, Coca Cola Kid fashion in 8 minutes and 26.47 seconds.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Battletoads (USA) "warpless, 1 player" in 21:38.38 by feos, Alyosha & Samsara.
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Submission #5093 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.1 (10 votes)
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Uses death to save time
- Forgoes warps
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up game known for its extreme difficulty spread over 12 difficult levels. The mechanics in the game also change drastically from level to level, making the game one of the hardest and most varied for the NES.

In this game, the second most diabolical evil genius in the universe, The Dark Queen, has kidnapped Princess Angelica and Pimple - a battletoad. Rash and Zitz must save them by traveling through the most insane multilevel set of plans ever designed. This includes falling down huge shafts, racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speeds, riding on snakes through a massive maze of spikes, passing through a killer ventilation system, navigating through a missile defense system, climbing a never ending revolving tower, and much much more. Along the way, the Battletoads must also face off against an evil army of robots, genetically engineered rodents, and The Dark Queen herself.

In this run, feos, Alyosha, and Samsara improved upon the previous publication by 2:39.33 using many new tricks and glitches.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (USA) "Grant path, warp glitch" in 15:22.01 by arandomgameTASer, Samsara & Mothrayas.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2016-09-23)
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Rating: 7.5 (6 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

Unlike the other branches of Castlevania III, this run uses a stairs glitch in Block 4 to climb directly to Dracula and skip most of the game. Only the USA version allows this glitch to work, so it was used instead of the Japanese version, which has superior sound quality.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Gimmick! (JPN) in 04:24.61 by Aglar, Hotarubi & Samsara.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2016-07-06)
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Submission #5159 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.4 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Gimmick! (1992) is another gem from Sunsoft, the company that brought us Ufouria and Journey to Silius. It was only released in Japan and Scandinavian countries, but eventually achieved something of a cult status thanks to its refined gameplay, as well as exceptional music and graphic design.

The plot follows a green toy on a quest to rescue a little girl from the clutch of other toys, who were rightfully upset at her forsaking them in favor of our protagonist. What these other toys can't do, however, is conjure stars to use them both as projectiles and very effective transportation devices!

This venture between Aglar, Hotarubi and Samsara improves the previous movie by 46.95 seconds thanks to a new zipping glitch that skips most of Stage 5 and a new clip that skips most of Stage 6. This run doesn't collect the special items required to access the 7th level, and thus gets a bad ending. However, we have another run that attains the best ending for your viewing pleasure!


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (USA) in 07:14.32 by Aglar, Randil, Alyosha, rchokler, Samsara.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
The valiant knight Kuros, who has now grown eyeballs on the outside of his helmet, must again fight off the evil wizard Malkil. This task is accomplished mainly by finding an artifact in every level, giving it to a corresponding oversized animal to get into the level boss' lair, and promptly beating him up with a level-specific attack spell. However, this run manages to use a glitch to keep the attack spell for several levels instead of losing it at the level's end.

This is an improvement of 1 minute and 14.41 seconds over the previous TAS, thanks to much better optimization. The final boss fight was especially improved thanks to a frame war between several of the authors.


[Tier: Moons]NES Moon Crystal (JPN) in 08:35.12 by Samsara.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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Moon Crystal (ムーンクリスタル), a platformer only released in Japan, follows a boy through his quest to save his family. The mechanics of the game are slightly reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden and Prince of Persia, with rather detailed animation.

This is 231-frame improvement to the precessor movie using better lag optimization and better use of death to save time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (JPN) "best ending" in 19:11.24 by Samsara.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2015-08-07)
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- Best ending
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (スプラッターハウス わんぱくグラフィティ) is the second game to be released in the Splatterhouse series. Unlike the other games in the series, it's more comical, with several references to popular horror movies and a more cartoonish art style.

In this run, Samsara goes through the game's two secret areas to get an extended ending.


[Tier: Moons]NES Streemerz: Super Strength Emergency Squad Zeta (any,r2) "Streeeeemerz Mode" in 05:03.33 by adelikat, Aglar, Mothrayas, Really_Tall & Samsara.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2015-08-16)
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Inspired by the Action 52 game of the same name, Streemerz is a NES port (by thefox) of a Flash game made for the "Action 52 Owns" game jam by Arthur 'Mr. Podunkian' Lee. This run plays through "Streeeeemerz Mode", which, as the name implies, features gameplay closer to VVVVVV.

It originally started with Mothrayas's winning run of the SGDQ 2015 speed TAS competition organized by dwangoAC, which resulted in some interesting top-10 comparison encodes. Later, adelikat, Aglar, Really_Tall and Samsara joined the party after finding many improvements throughout the run as described in the submission comments.

There is also a run that completes the game in "Superb Joe" mode by MESHUGGAH.


[Tier: Moons]NES Treasure Master (USA) in 19:15.8 by Samsara & micro500.
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- Best ending
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Treasure Master is a side-scrolling action game that sends your character on a quest of treasure acquisition. Jump your way through a variety of world environments including the islands, microprocessor-level circuitry, and the moon, and accumulate all of the material wealth you can possibly amass. You have a number of enemies to beware of (such as sharks, caterpillars, and springs). But you also have an impressive array of tools to help you in your quest (moon buggy!).

Treasure Master offers the opportunity to collect not only virtual treasure in a video game, but also treasure in the real world. After practicing the game, players had the opportunity to compete for real prizes.

Spoiler: Hover over the screenshot.


[Tier: Vault]NES Wayne's World (USA) in 05:38.86 by Samsara.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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In this game loosely based on the movie of the same name, Wayne and Garth are trying to stop Benjamin Kane from buying out their show and taking Cassandra for himself. This excellent quest will take them through five areas full of living instruments, nasty ninjas and aggressive appliances trying to stop them.

In this run, Samsara plays through the game as fast as possible, utilizing Garth's laser gun and Wayne's spinning high jump in their respective levels to win in only five and a half minutes. In doing so, he beats the previous run by 17.70 seconds through a new route through one of the levels and some new tricks with Garth.


[Tier: Moons]PCE Splatterhouse in 12:15.72 by Samsara.
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- Genre: Action
Splatterhouse is the first game in the series, but only the second game to appear on a home console (after Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti on the Famicom), which was later continued on the Sega Genesis.

Rick and his girlfriend Jennifer enter West Mansion (known as Splatterhouse) to study Dr. West's parapsychology teachings for a school project. After a flash of lightning and a scream, Jennifer is gone, and Rick is left wearing the Terror Mask, which gives the wearer great strength.

Samsara slides for the most part through the demonic enemy forces in 12 minutes and 15.72 seconds.


NOTE: The downloadable encodes feature two video streams. The first (default) stream shows the Japanese version, whereas the second one shows the American version, which had all religious references removed and the colour of the mask changed to red (and its form changed).

Likewise, there are two YouTube streams available: The first stream features the Japanese version, while the second one features the American version.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Umihara Kawase Shun (JPN) in 02:21.94 by Samsara.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2015-09-05)
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle

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Umihara Kawase Shun (1997) is the little known sequel to the little known Umihara Kawase for the SNES. The game adheres to the same exact formula: a little schoolgirl uses her trusty rubber wire physics simulating engine fishing rod to escape another trippy world of mutated fish. (Oh, the kids these days!)

While this movie by Samsara seems slower than the previous TAS, it is in fact faster by 516 frames in in-game time.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Umihara Kawase Shun (JPN) in 02:18.75 by Samsara.
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Umihara Kawase Shun (1997) is the little known sequel to the little known Umihara Kawase for the SNES. The game adheres to the same exact formula: a little schoolgirl uses her trusty rubber wire physics simulating engine fishing rod to escape another trippy world of mutated fish. (Oh, the kids these days!)

Samsara improves the previous publication by 3.19 seconds, thanks to even further optimization.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Majyuuou (JPN) "best ending" in 16:13.4 by Samsara.
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- 100% completion
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed Abel's wife, in an attempt to resurrect the King of Demons. With no other choice, Abel vows to save his daughter, no matter what the cost - even if it is his own humanity...

Majyuuou is a side-scrolling platformer for the Super Nintendo, taking influences from Castlevania and Contra. You play as Abel, intent on rescuing his daughter from the depths of Hell. As you defeat certain bosses, they will drop large, color changing gems. Pick up the gem, and you'll transform into either a red Harpy, a blue Dragon, or a green Lizard, depending on what color it is when you pick it up. Each demon type has its own special attacks.

This run aims for the game's True Ending, which requires unlocking and using the Black form in Stage 6. To unlock the Black form, you need to use a unique form for every stage before Stage 6. Any combination of Red, Green and Blue will do, as long as you use all three of them.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Run Saber (USA) in 13:05.27 by Samsara.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- One player in a multiplayer game
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This game is practically a mix of Contra and Strider. As always, aliens have taken over Earth, and only genetically enhanced humans can stop them.

This run by Samsara beats the previous movie by over half a minute with improvements in every level.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Run Saber (USA) in 13:38.48 by Samsara.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- One player in a multiplayer game
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform

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This game is practically a mix of Contra and Strider. As always, aliens have taken over Earth, and only genetically enhanced humans can stop them.

This movie is 1 minute and 17 seconds faster than the previous movie.


[Tier: Vault]SNES Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (USA v1.0) in 30:11.8 by arandomgameTASer, Exonym & Samsara.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses easiest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is the second game in the Super Star Wars series, notable for its unforgiving difficulty and run-and-gun gameplay.

In this run, the authors deal with intense lag reduction and luck manipulation to beat the game in a little over half an hour. Most impressive.

There are also runs of the first and third games in the series: Super Star Wars and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) "Sightseeing" in 11:44.77 by Alyosha, ars4326, Samsara.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Umihara Kawase (海腹川背) is about a schoolgirl with a bag of holding and a rubber fishing line setting out to rid the world of giant mutant fish.

This video plays the fastest path of the game having only two bosses, which you can find at the Field Map page.

The Umihara Kawase page has more information about this game.

The boss levels are quite long in this movie ― they can't really be sped up, but the authors of the movie have done their best to make them worth watching.

Thanks to a different route and a lot of optimization, this run obsoletes one of the oldest previously unobsoleted runs of the site by about 1:29.18 minutes.

No frogs were harmed in the making of this movie.

Run Saber v1

My first published run! It embarrasses me :c

Run Saber v2

A run (saber) 4 years in the making, even if 99% of those 4 years were spent not working on it. A thousand times better than my first attempt! Probably my best movie! Vote 10/10, like and subscribe, one 10 vote = one respect, I'll give 110% to my next TAS!

Moon Crystal

This is probably my first "real" TAS, even though it was quickly obsoleted. I'm still proud of some of the strategies I found, though!

Wayne's World

HASHTAG NO STAIRWAYNE

Treasure Master

This is what really comes out of me when I spend 8-10 hours straight on a TAS! I genuinely like this game for some reason. Maybe it's the music. Now it's stuck in my head. Hell yeah.

Ironsword: Wi

i contributed so much inp

Umihara Kawase

A Mission InTASible(tm) collaboration. Quite the stressful run, and there are still more improvements to be had. Welp.

Riddle of the Sphzzzzzzzzzz

zzzzzzzzz... ah, touko-chan, you know just how to treat a lady... zzzzzzzzzz... yeah, right there's gooWHAT HELLO NO I DIDN'T FALL ASLEEP NOTHING WAS HAPPENING PLEASE GET OUT OF MY BEDROOM

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti "best ending"

One time I wanted to LP this game for Something Awful, and Youtube superstar Deceased Crab messaged me on AIM and told me not to. That was 8 years ago and I still remember it. You bastard. Come over here and fight me IRL. I DARE YOU. YOU WON'T BE SAYING HUZZAH WHEN I RAM MY FIST DOWN YOUR THRO-

Streemerz "Streeeeemerz Mode"(w/Mothrayas, adelikat, Really_Tall, Aglar)

More Streemerz than Twitch! Less memes than... Twitch.

Coca-Coca Kid (w/ars4326, dekutony)

Coca-Cola Kid is actually built off of the Sonic the Hedgehog engine and the games play very much similarly.

Umihara Kawase Shun

Maybe someday I'll submit an Umihara Kawase run that doesn't have someone telling me it's suboptimal after publication.

Umihara Kawase Shun (v2)

Maybe someday I'll submit an Umihara Kawase improvement that doesn't have a lower score than the run it obsoleted. Wait. SNES sightseeing. What the hell, me.

Splatterhouse (TG-16)

Floating candles, Baconators and the innocence of youth. Literally two people aside from me would understand that, neither of them visit the site, and yet here it is.

Earnest Evans

Battletoads "1 player warpless" (NES) (w/feos & Alyosha)

THE LOST VIKINGS GOT NOTHING ON MY PERSONAL RAGNAROK except i'm only calling it that because the most i contributed to this run was in ragnarok's canyon

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (w/arandomgameTASer & Exonym)

first two published movies of 2016 and damn son i ain't work past the first area on both of them

Gimmick! (w/Aglar & Hotarubi)

Third Wheel of the Year 2016.

Majyuuou

getting more mileage out of spousal abuse than TMZ on a good week

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse "warp glitch" (w/arandomgameTASer & Mothrayas)

Second wheel this time around. I'm improving.

Gunstar Heroes

I'm almost out of words after writing the submission text. Don't blame me if this description ends suddenly in the middle of a word or a sentence. I could try to write more but

Terranigma (kinda)

Serving as Unofficial Movement Optimizer and absolutely-never-on-Discord team member of this project helmed by TheAngryPanda.

Status: Act 1, Tower 2

Final Time Estimate: 3:00:00

If anyone is interested in any of these games, feel free to contact me or work off of one of my WIPs. I totally give you permission to use my input for a submission as long as I at least get co-authorship credit. Don't be a dick.

GUNSTAR SUPER HEROES

I'm not as into this as I am with the original Gunstar Heroes, but there's still time to save over the published run and I'd absolutely do it.

BATTLETOADS "2p warpless"

This was originally started with Alyosha at the helm and me and arandomgameTASer bringing up the rear, but eventually it turned into just... feos... working on 1p warpless... Uh. Yeah. Right.

I'm keeping it here for posterity reasons, because 2p warpless hasn't been worked on in a while and I miiiight do something with it if no one else does, but this is the most unlikely of my attempted projects.

Status: there's a tiny WIP out there but this one's unlikely for me for the near future

Superman (Game Boy version)

I've done a full test run of this and have an optimized version in progress, though that was a while back. The game is notable in that it's another Titus-developed Superman game, though instead of being complete shit like Superman 64, it's just mostly complete shit. There are, like, 3 or 4 autoscrollers in 10 levels, but the ground stages have ridiculous movement and a few glitches. This game exists.

Status: Full game testrun, 4 stage V2 testrun, V3 in progress and ~15-17 seconds ahead of completed WIP

Quest 64

Haha, no, seriously, what are you planning on doing, Samsara?

Status: seriously, tell me, don't look at me like that... oh god you're serious aren't you

RPG Maker (w/multiple team members)

Creating a full-fledged RPG in hyperspeed, then TASing it. Actually I'm pretty sure we all forgot about this. I know I did. I would still actually love to do this someday, but I get the feeling I'd have to do it myself.

Status: permanent hiatus, basically

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (any%)

I partially began molding my best ending run into an any% improvement, but quickly decided against it due to how repetitive it would be next to the best ending run. Given that there are ~5 seconds of known, documented, and TASed improvements, I suppose it'd be an easy run to do, but coming up with new ways to entertain the audience would be fairly difficult.

There's a potential improvement on the final boss that doesn't work in best ending.

Status: i'll do this if no one else wants to

Splatterhouse 2

Y'know, as long as I did one Wanpaku Graffiti run and the original game, why not go on and do the entire series? It'd be a fun project. As far as I know, Splatterhouse 2 is basically the same as the first game with a tweaked engine, so it seems like a logical step up after having finished the first game.

Status: actually started this but lost it in hdd failure

Splatterhouse 3

Breadsticks. I know next to nothing about this game and it seems like it'd be a nightmare to optimize/manipulate enemy spawns, but then again there are some really solid RTAs and a recent (abandoned?) WIP out there for reference in case I ever decide to do this.

Status: breadsticks

Star Ocean: The Second Story

My dream TAS. This will be a very, very long-term project. Currently going through the game on BizHawk to test sync stability, route planning, and maybe trying to get a Universe difficulty verification file for some unlucky Judge to spend a week going through.

Status: Yeah this is a bit too huge of an undertaking for me at the moment

Mega Man (Game Gear)

One of those movies I started without intending to go any further, but I ended up putting in far more effort than I expected. Mega Man is pretty fun to TAS!

Status: Past the first 4 Robot Masters

Star Ocean (SNES)

The published run is almost 10 years outdated, and part of the "First 500". I feel like I could do something with it.

Status: Purely idea phase

Umihara Kawase (SNES)

Japanese TASer TKDL has some really nice individual level TASes that could be further integrated into the sightseeing run. If I can break the language barrier perhaps there could be a new sightseeing run... As for the any%, as far as I'm concerned there's not much that can be done about it. Despite being 9 years old, it is ridiculously optimized.

As I explained in my most recent Shun submission, I'm not too interested in doing any further Umihara TASes at the moment. There would hardly be any difference from the IL TAS records unless I stumble across a couple optimization tweaks. If I, say, come up with a new strategy or two for a stage, then I'll be far more likely to take on one of these projects, but as for now I'm going to take a step back and let TKDL obsolete everything. Or something to that effect.

Status: not at all likely for quite a while

The Sims: Bustin' Out

I would TAS this, according to Spikestuff.

Status: i wouldn't TAS this, according to Samsara

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Fun fact: When I became a Judge I removed all this vandalism and saved it to Dropbox. Now that I've stepped down, GUESS WHAT'S BACK MOTHERFUCKERS!


Muffins!

Samsara is the best poster on the site, bar none. And if you disagree, you should look at the Super Metroid 100% Map Run thread. -- Invariel

Please show us all that compilation of shitposting -- Mothrayas

scrimpeh wuz here -- anonymous

don't ever quote me - arandomgameTASer

shit i got quoted again - arandomgameTASer

...at the very least, it's a 'meh' vote -- ars4326

Samsara's YouTube name means this dish in some countries. If cooked right, it's delicious. -- feos

  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA -- Samsara
  BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB -- Invariel
  CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC -- CoolKirby
  FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU -- ]Killer feos[
  FUN FUN FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN -- Emulated Spikestuff
  GREAT WE ALL MISSED THE D -- Samsara
     ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)      -- That Guy
  shitposts I get a little happy inside. -- anonymous
Hello! The serial killer with the wonderful smile is here! -- ジェノサイダー翔

Samsara doesn't shitpost, she writes scornography. -- Invariel

Samsara's ok, I suppose... -- RGamma

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