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Why Tool-Assisted Speedruns Have a Right to Exist

UM writes: "A tool-assisted speedrun of a video game (TAS for short) means that the player edited together a video of them beating a game with the use of scripted inputs and an emulator, which is a computer program that runs a video game console such as a Super Nintendo on your computer.

Using tools – as opposed to playing the original game on the original hardware – has elicited some controversy among the gaming community. When a video surfaced in 2003 of player Morimoto beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in an incredible eleven minutes, many people assumed that he had done so on a regular console and controller. After discovering that the run was tool-assisted, the video experienced some backlash."

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randomass1711248d ago

Hey, if people can make it happen and people enjoy seeing them in motion, why oppose it?

ChronoJoe1247d ago

I think they're fun. It's great to see how far a game can be broken down, and in theory all TaS runs can be performed by human players, it's just not realistically practical to do so. It's nice to see theoretical fastest runs.

It's only a problem when people get confused and mistake them for a testament of an individual humans ability or skill at a particular game, they aren't intended to represent that.

theenglishman1247d ago

As someone who has done both tool-assisted and RTA runs in the past, I find that the difference between them is pretty straightforward. Console/PC/handheld speedrunning is a sport, and tool-assisted speedrunning is an art.

Just my two cents.

Gh05t1247d ago

"Why Tool-Assisted Speedruns Have a Right to Exist"

Was there a genocide on them that I wasn't aware of? Who is going around and stopping people from doing this? This is one of the most overblown headlines i have seen in a while.

"The only difference between them [TaS] and unassisted speed-runners is that they don’t rule out the exploits that require inhuman timing."

Really that is the only difference? There is not the whole "HUMAN ERROR" element your forgetting about or anything. Getting 30 minutes in and making a mistake and having to restart?

I personally never understood and still don't the concept or skill or whatever you want to define speed running so for me this whole article belongs in my "Who cares" folder but to say that the only difference between the two is using exploits based on inhuman timing is ridiculousness.

And to his point about taking the human element out of it no one is saying a human cant do it. But it is a much greater feet to do it as a human rather than through machine code.

All the other reasons given is the age old exploits vs no exploits which really has little to do with the TaS run and just speed runs in general.

In conclusion this article is garbage. Do whatever you want because you want to. Why do you need approval from others? Stop trying to fit in, who cares, move on, NEXT!