Player Tim Engelhardt breaks his own world record while raising funds for the Médecins sans frontières association
Behind the scenes: Player breaks own world record while raising money for charity
By Anisha Hoppe
San Francisco, CA – TAG24 spoke with professional speedrunner Tim Engelhardt, who just broke his own world record raising money for a good cause, on what it takes to be the best in the world.
The Twitch game streaming platform regularly hosts live events, but during Covid-19 their popularity increased. During the pandemic, more and more people turned to gambling to pass the time and achieve some level of social connection.
Twitch has seen an increase in subscribers and streamers as more people tune in to watch game-based charity events than ever before.
Having raised over $ 3 million in previous events for charitable causes, Twitch’s Games Done Quick event is a week-long non-stop gaming jamboree where top players from around the world take on games from all over the world. ages.
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As the event took place earlier this week, the runners – or fast players – had already raised nearly $ 400,000 for Doctors Without Borders.
Tim Engelhardt is one of the entrants, speedruning Tuesday through a puzzle-rhythm game called Vectronom – and breaking his own world record in the attempt.
Speedrunners essentially showcase a game at an event, providing explanations to professional commentators, hosts, and a full team of back-end staff who handle audio, handle streaming and donations, and even do some performance. makeup.
Their goal is to get through a game as fast as humanly possible and continually push that limit.
Englehardt previously spoke with TAG24 about his efforts to alleviate harassment within the gaming community. This time, he’s giving a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be the best in the world at something.
As you can guess, it takes a lot of work!
Speedrunning is different from esports
“The thing about the speedrun is that it’s a collaborative effort. People on the outside like to look at the leaderboards. But inside, it’s not about who has the world record but what is the record, ”said Engelhard.
Unlike esports, the goal is not to compete with each other, but to push the boundaries – whether it’s your own or that of anyone who currently holds records in the game.
Engelhardt has become so good, he said, because he has the patience: “Not everyone can be a speedrunner because not everyone is cut out for repetition. You have to find a game that you don’t mind playing 100 times from start to finish. . If you don’t mind playing over and over again, then you can start learning tips and routes and ways to improve yourself. “
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Players are also often struggling with “early game fatigue,” he explained. “You play the first few levels so often, then you’re just fed up.” This is the reason why he himself felt exhausted after playing other games in which he previously held records.
However, the fire of determination was the only burn Engelhardt felt during his “run” at Tuesday’s event. While focusing on his screen, he casually noted, “Oh, I think I broke the world record,” and continued to play.
When asked why it didn’t seem like a big deal, he admitted that very few people have attempted the world record for this particular game, and that the previous holder was … himself.
“It’s about how far can we push this time around, what can we do to get things done. [a world record]”- in fact, Engelhardt holds several world records for several games -” But generally it is about the tips we can find to push the game further and further, and who has the time to invest in attempts. “
In-person play events have “super energy”
Engelhardt has previously traveled all over the world to compete, but the lockdown saw him playing from his home in Germany for this week’s Games Done Quick event.
When asked if someone has to be able to execute a perfectly error-free game in order to be successful, he replied that even though he has won competitions literally blindfolded, you still get multiple attempts.
He had a success rate of around one in ten when he broke his new world record on Tuesday. However, depending on the type of game, it may take a new player hundreds or thousands of attempts just to completely complete a game the first time around. As he said, it’s all about repetition.
“I’ve been playing Vectronom since it was in development,” the pro noted. He was “a pre-alpha player,” which enabled him to give developers his opinion on levels and formats ahead of the beta release, which is a pre-cursor to the one available today.
“I miss the energy [from in-person eventing]”Engelhardt said of live gaming events, which normally take place in convention centers or hotels with the best players in the world.” Crowd cameras provide super energy while you are playing. The whole arena is applauding, and you just can’t duplicate that online. There are additional activities at the events, such as panel discussions on how to be a better commentator, completely free game rooms, and computer exercises. “
If events look like the game’s Olympics, Engelhardt would be a gold medalist for sure – in addition to already being the holder of several world records.
You can watch his broadcasts live on Twitch under his nickname, BadBlackShark.
Cover photo: Screenshot / Twitch / GamesDoneQuick