This is More than Mashing, a column on amazing demonstrations of skill in video games where I try to collect and showcase the best the net has to offer in skilled game playing and break it down so anyone can understand.
I think a lot of amazing videos out there of people doing borderline impossible things in games, but these videos tend to only really attract a niche appeal from those games’ audiences. I love seeing people do crazy stuff then figuring out how it works and I have a great lineup planned out of over 350 different videos across a wide spectrum of different games, from platformers to first person shooters, fighting games, hack and slash, and more.
Since this is the first article I’m starting things off easy with a double-header featuring two games nearly anyone can understand without much explanation. First up is invisible Tetris. HOLiC is a Tetris master and the world champion Tetris DS player. The game starts off slow, but heats up quickly, however what you really want to stick around for is the ending when the credits roll. Playing Tetris this well is hard, but it’s even harder when you can’t see your blocks.
The other one I’m showing is an incredible Touhou play through by an amazing Japanese player who goes by the handle Gil (short for Gilgamesh, but most people compare him to Gill from Street Fighter 3). Gil is great at racking up points but what he’s really known for is his challenge playthroughs where he beats the final boss of Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom without moving up or down once, and beating the entire game on easy without ever moving left or right. I’m showing his boss run here because the full game run is split into a lot of videos.
Playing Touhou this way is especially incredible because the game was just blatantly not designed to be played without either axis of movement. Projectiles pass directly across the line he stuck himself to and he manages to narrowly dodge some and erase others with careful use of bombs. He doesn’t get through completely unscathed, but he gets through both challenges without a single continue. On top of that, both are generally pacifism runs, where instead of shooting the boss down, he waits for the time on that stage of the battle to run out, meaning he has to dodge a lot more projectiles.
If you know any videos showing amazing game skills in action, post them in the comments. If it’s good, I might break it down in a future entry. I especially love footage that has a weird choice of game, shows tricks I’ve never seen before, visually impresses, or is easy for people to understand. I hope to find and share a lot of great videos with you all, and I’d love to see any you share too.
Til next time!