So, apparently SDA just turned 10 years old and that’s pretty neat to celebrate I guess. Think what you want about SDA but they have had a pretty huge impact on the speedrunning community and in my opinion they host great marathons.
However, to celebrate this event they had an article posted on the front page (where they usually just have updates about the site and where they feature new (in fact pretty damn old) runs written by LLCoolDave. Skimming through the article I stopped and read through the last part of it, I think you’ll understand why:
[tt] Contrast this with one of the runs I am well known for showing a dislike to: the Half-Life Half-Hour run from a couple of years ago. Disregarding the issue of using scripts that are no longer allowed on SDA and mostly disliked in the community as a whole the run is also very heavily segmented. The average length of a segment is less than 10 seconds, and probably considerably less once you factor out the parts where nothing much happens at all. And where there is action, it is chopped up in chunks so small that there is no room for any aspects of the runner to sip through. The entire product is shaped by the merciless dictation of objectively being the fastest possible run and as a result feels very much lifeless to me. In a sense, it doesn't much matter who ultimately ended up recording the segments on that particular route because you would be hard pressed to tell the difference anyway. That's the curious curse of the speedrunner: The better a run becomes objectively, the less important the artist himself seems to be. This is part of the reason why I think streaming became so popular, in both the producing and consuming parts of the community. The live performance of a speedrun allows more room for the run to be personal and gives a better canvas for transmitting the contrast of experiences and emotions I consider so important for the enjoyment of a run from a runner to their audience, and via immediate chat feedback there's also a path in the other direction.
So this is the thought I want to leave you with today: A faster time doesn’t always make for a better speedrun.[/tt]
Since the front page articles are few and rare, I would believe that they’re read by a huge number of people visiting SDA’s website. I think this article clearly gives our runs and our community a great big middle finger and telling us that what we do is lifeless and we as runners aren’t as important as other runners.
Obviously I’m fine with LLCoolDave disliking “heavily” segmented runs. I met him at AGDQ and he was a pretty nice guy, he’s allowed to have is own opinions. What I don’t think is fine is that since this is featured on the front page of SDA and must have gone through the SDA administration in order to get posted, it means that they’re affiliated with what’s on there, thus agreeing with and promoting this view on our (I know he referred to Spider-Waffle’s run specifically but obviously what we do is pretty much the exact same thing) runs and us as runners.
To summarize: I just think this really sucks but I don’t know whether I’m overreacting or not. Does anyone else agree with me?