When I was a kid, it was hard to separate me from my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I was an active kid, but I kept coming back to that rectangular controller with just four buttons and a d-pad. There was something about games during that time that made you keep coming back. The games were so inherently hard, you had to learn the patterns and devote time to perfecting the game to see the end credits.
Growing up, there were three types of games that I would play on the NES:
1) What would now be known as “The Classics.” – Super Mario Bros. 1,2,3, The Legend of Zelda (gold cartridge), Excitebike, Tennis, Double Dragon, TMNT: The Arcade Game, Battletoads, etc.
2) Video Games Based off of Game Shows – I equate my strange knowledge of pop culture items that happened “before my time” to the immense hours of game show video games that I played as a kid. Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Double Dare, Remote Control, Classic Concentration, Fun House, Hollywood Squares, Family Feud, I played them all. Side note: When you’re eight years old, playing the NES version of Family Feud, you get a very quick education on what the late 80’s were like. Also, the questions that were aimed at adults like “Excuses for being late for work,” were impossible to answer as a kid because our excuses for being late were, “Spilled my Yoo-Hoo,” “Bike Chain Came Off,” “Mom’s Car Ran Out Of Gas” (that one worked).
3) Sports Games – Of course, I played sports games. My go to game was Dusty Diamond All-Star Softball. However, I also played, WCW: World Championship Wrestling, RBI Baseball, R.C. Pro-Am, Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Super Bowl, World Class Track Meet (with the power pad) and many more. However, my second go to sports game, and the one that kept me coming back over and over was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. I didn’t even own the game, but someone brought it to my house and they just left it there. Possession: 9/10ths. Anyway, in trying to find some Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out videos, I was shocked to see this the other day:
Blindfolded… He went through Mike Tyson’s Punchout… Blindfolded. What??? There so many visual clues for Punchout to dodge people, Glass Joe does that thing where he covers his stomach and mouth, The Great Tiger’s gem blinks before he punches you, so much. This was pretty incredible. There is an online community that devotes their time to learning how to play classic video games as quickly as possible, Speed Demo Archives.
Since 2010, Speed Demos Archive has put on 10 of these speed run marathons, starting with Classic Games Done Quick which raised $10,531.64 for CARE international. In their most recent effort, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, SDA played 139 games, and received $1,031,093 in donations for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Expect their next event to take place sometime this summer, in which I’m assuming it will be titled Summer Games Done Quick 2014.
I know one person who might be in the running for this summer’s speed run efforts:
If you could do a speed run of any video game, what would it be?
Check out more awesome speed runs after the jump…
Minecraft (New World Record)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (100% Co-Op) Starts at 4:45
Goldeneye 007 (Two Controller World Record)
Super Mario Bros. (Warpless)