Truly, These Are My People.

Working my way through the glut of post-vacation pieces in my feed-reader — over 7K at last count — I stumbled across this eye-opener from last month’s A.V. Club:

…a fellow who goes by the handle Blubbler set the record this week for fastest Super Mario Bros. completion time. As reported by Kotaku, Blubbler’s time of 4:57.69 is the best ever by an unassisted speedrunner—rather than a player using software tools to edit together a “perfect” run. This marks the first time that any player has gone below the 4:58 mark in public, and given that the tool-assisted record stands at 4:57.31, Blubbler’s performance is almost flawless.

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“…Blubbler’s performance is almost flawless.”

I’ll say. As I watched in slack-jawed amazement, I was forced to admit to myself that these are my people. Truly.

…yes, that scares me. But I cannot deny it. (And yes, my boys play the Wii version of Super Marios all the time. Why do you ask/What are you insinuating?)

In my defense, I had no idea this was such a thing. “Tool-assisted records” vs. “unassisted records” categories, and whatnot?

Wow. I love it.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Anna

    Have you watched “The King of Kong”? Shortly after we began it, I thought, “This has to be a mock-umentary, like ‘Best in Show.’” But it isn’t.

    • Joseph Susanka

      It’s been on my radar for a while, Anna, but I have not watched it. Yet. (I’m mildly afraid, though, of how much of myself I might find there…)