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23 April 2006
First speed demo: Tomb Raider, level 1
I've recorded my first speed demo. It's not horribly dramatic, but it is better than the one on Speed Demos Archive. In their video, the final time was 3:12. In the screenshot to the right, you'll see I've got that bested by 2 seconds at 3:10.

Link to video: tomb-raider-level-01.avi (26Mb)

Note: Audio is about 0.7s off from video. If you know how to fix this with mplayer's mencoder program, drop me a comment.

If you bother to watch the video, here are a few comments to add:
  • Run-jumping appears to be faster than just running. That explains why she's hopping all the time.
  • There are several mistakes: needlessly smacking a wall in room after first switch, drunk running up stairs after wolf attack, missing the breakway floor near the end, and bad alignment on the final switch.
  • Right after the wolf attack, you can see something we used to do while playing. Stand just a little to the left of the switch, pull it, and then do a blind side jump to the lower platform. That's not in the demo at the archive.
I think I can get it down to 3:08, but that's about my limit. I've already done a non-recorded 3:09, and even that had one mistake I can recall.
--Matt Matthews at 03:39
Comment [ 2 ]

Comments on this post:

1.) Give iMovie a shot and see if you can't move the "soundtrack". I'm pretty sure there's a way, though you might have to extract from the avi first. Still, a possibility for your final version.

2.) Okay, you know what's coming next -- think it'd go any more quickly in the Saturn version? ;^)

By Blogger rufbo, at 23 April, 2006 12:18  

Scary, Ruffin. As I finished the recording last night, I started pulling out the Saturn pieces...

Yes, I will try it. :^)

By Blogger jvm, at 23 April, 2006 13:44  

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