The time has come. I must become the hero my city deserves. I must…
beat Jman12’s time of 1:23:24 for Batman: Vengeance on the GCN from YouTube.
For anyone who doesn’t know – at the time of writing I have the only two verified world records for speed-running Batman: Vengeance for the GameCube.
Now, that sounds super impressive if you just bust it out when you’re out to lunch with your coworkers, but in reality… well, I’m the only one with any times posted on speedrun.com (I know there’s more people in the community practicing though!)
I was getting really into practicing the run before my move and kind of fell off it while everything was crazy surrounding that, and I’ve been practicing casually on the Wii now that we’ve got it set up at the Goblin House, but I haven’t had a real chance to dig into practicing the run.
The whole time, ever since I got my current records, one thing has been bugging me – Jman12’s YouTube video of a 1:23:24 any% run on YouTube. I’m not sure why Jman didn’t ever submit it for verification, but it’s a pretty awesome run and I learned most of the tricks and pathing I’m using from watching it! And of course, from Jman’s replies to my many questions in the comments haha.
While I can technically claim I have a world record, the knowledge that there is an unverified video out there where someone does it faster has been eating at the back of my brain. I won’t feel truly satisfied until I can get my PB down to as fast as I possibly can!
So, henceforth, I declare that the Journey to beat Jman12 is officially on! As soon as I finish RE4 on stream, I’ll be fully dedicated to practicing the run and getting my time down (with maybe a few fun-off non-Bat streams thrown in depending on events and such.)
You might ask, “But what if someone comes in and beats that time before you?”
Well, that would actually be AWESOME. I really, really, really love this stupid game for some reason, and having more people running it sounds like a dream to me! Please try to beat me to it. Please play this game! Let me know if there’s any way I can help you get set up and running – there’ll be some resources at the bottom of the post!
My current posted record for any% is 1:48:51 (which is not great, but I beat that without recording it before the move!) I have a lot to shave off – but I know I can do it!
Will you join me? Starting the week of November 29th I’ll be streaming every MWF from 7:00-10:00 pm MT, with the occasional weekend stream thrown in. I love hanging out with the chat while I practice, and I’d love to get to know you!