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Lately, I have rediscovered my Xbox One, and been playing a lot of “classic” games on it. Doom, Missile Command, and the copy of Doom I bought in 2016. That has led me to remember some of what I knew back in the day, and some of the levels of Doom II in particular were tricky. I ended up turning to YouTube to figure out the trick, and that is how I discovered Karl Jobst’s channel, where he breaks down tactics that are employed by speed runners.

I am guessing that Karl specializes in the Nintendo 64 game “Golden Eye” as he has a large number videos breaking down the progression, and tactics.

This has caused me to want to play the game.

At first, I began looking for emulators and ROM dumps, but I have played that game before, there are always tradeoffs, and sometimes, it just plain sucks.

So, I am taking the plunge, and purchasing an older Nintendo 64 off of EBay, and a Golden Eye cartridge. I do have an older Samsung LCD TV that has a pretty cool composite input, so good that even tricks from the 8 bit era to squeeze out additional colors by playing with pixel locations. So I have a display that will work for it.

Throughout the late 80’s and 1990’s I was aware of Nintendo, but I never have owned one. I was an Atari man, and throughout that period, I was neck deep in 8-bit and 16-bit Atari’s and never got into consoles. No NES, SNES, Sega, or even the Atari consoles.

I have played the retro game before, and even still have an old Atari 130 XE that I use primarily to play the epic game M.U.L.E. a game that is totally worth keeping ancient hardware around for.

While I am not going to go down the speed runners rabbit hole.

I also bought two additional games, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64, so I will have some variety. Not sure what to expect, but it wasn’t that much money.

(And, I am 100% certain to open the wallet to get a copy of Doom 64)

Coda

Speed runners are a strange breed. In the console world, it turns out that often Japanese language versions will have shorter interludes, and informational displays are also lower in duration.

So, they will buy Japanese consoles, and games to shave tenths or hundredths of seconds off their time.

Insane, but I understand the passion to get the best.

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