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    Speed of Doom demos [-complevel 9]

    UV-Max 01-04 01: 1:58 02: 3:17 03: 2:24 04: 4:04 Just some crap that I recorded almost a year ago. Originally wanted to make improvements to every Max timetable, so I didn't want to share. However, I figured since I'm not going to be finishing the set as I haven't played Doom in over a half-year, might as well post these. Quality is average to shit, and the demos aren't optimized at all (text file will explain why). Edit: Error in the text file: there aren't any "insanely grinded out demos" in here...not even close. I had MAP05 and MAP06 recorded, but they were overwritten as I wasn't satisfied. Needless to say, I was never satisfied until I quit. sod1-4.zip
  2. I haven't checked this thread in many months, and to my surprise, two of my biggest Doom heroes have returned, or as it seems, have temporarily stopped lurking. :) Anyways, I hope I'm not beating a dead horse here, but I tend to agree with your assessment of player skill. I think it is widely accepted that the most difficult aspect to master in Doom are the movement controls, and therefore, the players who are the most skilled in any recording category are the ones with the cleanest movements - in other words, no bumping into walls, clean and efficient turns around tight corners, etc. Thus, it is also no coincidence that even though many C-N timetables have been broken by modern players, the demos from the C-N players of the golden age (2001-2005) ALWAYS have the cleanest movements. Other aspects of demos can almost certainly be improved with sheer luck and determination -- my demos, for example, are a clear display of mediocre skills, with relatively insane amounts of repetition to achieve optimization -- but it is almost impossible to replicate clean movements without adequate amounts of practice and talent. There are no shortcuts in this endeavor (except with slo-mo, which makes Doom controls easier, but that shit is obviously TAS). Hence, it is clear to me how much many of the old Doomgods practiced. It is my opinion that not a single modern demo recorder has the level of fluid movement skill of, say, Hegyi. This is not a slight to anyone recording today, but when I watch a demo from one of my favorite modern recorders, Ancalagon, and compare his movement skills to Vile's, Ancalagon's skills are usually inferior. More bumping into walls, not using enough SR40, etc. The effort is there, the routes are more optimized, the weapon handling is more efficient, the time is decreased, and most importantly, I am just as amazed at the demo as anything I've seen from any Doomgod...but, the play is not as clean. So, don't worry. All of us (and I'm sure Artem as well) fully appreciate and respect the amount of skill that you guys have. :) P.S. Ancalagon, I hope I didn't offend you. Just merely used you as an example, as you're one of the most impressive players I've ever seen. :)
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    Doom Speedrun Youtube Channel

    This channel is a magnificent idea. I closed down my old channel, and stopped updating months ago, as old records are constantly being broken nowadays, but mostly because I got lazy, temporarily lost interest in Doom, and forgot about it. It's good that you're going about this the right way, and asked for permission from all of the authors first. I had a brief exchange with Grazza over this, and I arrogantly proclaimed that since I was in no way profiting or gaining anything for uploading demos with clear citation of authorship, that I was free to upload anything. Of course, no one cared at all that I uploaded their stuff without asking, but now, I think it's obviously good protocol to obtain permission first. Good stuff. :)
  4. Seeing my name being mentioned in this thread literally made me blush. I'm very honored. :) My favorite is definitely Adam Hegyi's av31-633.zip. I don't think the demo itself is particularly optimized, nor is it close to Adam's best work. Honestly, I can't name a single concrete reason, but if I were to guess, it would probably be a mixture of: - nostalgia - admiration of Adam's smooth control, especially the fluidity of his play in this particular demo - my general worship of Adam - the music of the level (which has nothing to do with the demo itself, but it gives more texture and flavor to the viewing experience).
  5. The one rare situation that this category would be helpful in, are maps that require the player to design routes that minimizes the occurrence of archies resurrecting stray monsters. MAP15 of Plutonia would be an obvious example. Otherwise, we all know that the monster counter of pr+ largely negates the other issue (namely, the player not being able to recognize which monsters were resurrected and which weren't), so really, I think the Not-Max category is more useful and salient for demos recorded with pr+/zdoom. Even then, we kill these monsters anyways, since most of the time, maps which have archies resurrecting shit all over the place usually also give the player an AOE weapon which can mop shit up easily. And, since we almost always target the archie first, his resurrecting capabilities are mostly nullified in most slaughtermaps. Off the top of my head, I can't seem to recall a Max demo, especially from Phml, where the player specifically ignores a monster because of knowledge that it was resurrected and thus can't be bothered to kill again, or a misinterpretation of UV Max rules. I'm writing this with extremely limited research, so there are probably many slaughtermap demos out there that exhibit such behavior. Edit: I suppose my main point is, that the practicality of such a category is questionable, in my opinion.
  6. Nice demo. I'll have to check it out - I like this author's style. Btw, for Andy (no need to respond): I forgot to credit Memfis/AZ for the route I used in my text file, so I reattached the demo. Please use the new version when uploading to DSDA. TY :)
  7. I was bored this morning, and this map seemed to be right up my alley, so I took a stab. The end was uglier and sloppier than *insert sexual metaphor here*. belg-557.zip
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    Alien Vendetta demos [-complevel 2]

    It's one of his old alternate accounts (search for his old posts).
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    Alien Vendetta demos [-complevel 2]

    Lol, you elicited quite a fast response from TOD. :)
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    Vile Flesh demos [-complevel 9]

    That level is so damn linear that I don't think it's possible to improve upon Tomas' record very much. I remember spending a few hours trying to better his time when I first started using VF as a UV Max practice WAD, and the best I could do was a meager 30 second improvement, similar to yours. I'm not sure if there are any shortcuts; it would require tedious research with an editor - the kind of work that TOD did with Eternal. Edit: @Daiyu - Honestly, my time of 6:32 shouldn't be difficult to beat at all, as I think the route you used (grabbing the backpack first) is far better. You should be aiming for a 5:5x at least.
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    Modified prboom+ for producing videos

    -_- @natt: Relative to a fraps .avi file, how large are the RGB or YUV formats?
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    Vile Flesh demos [-complevel 9]

    Would be cool to see you guys take the Max records of this great wad to the next level. Some of the later demos are really unoptimized, and even the recent ones are rather uninspired and lackluster by today's standards. A shame TOD isn't too active anymore, as I would love to see him tackle some of the later "Eternal-esque" levels.
  13. Holy shit...can't believe I missed this. UV Max demos from dew that are over 5 minutes in length...am I hallucinating? @#$# :D
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    Alien Vendetta demos [-complevel 2]

    Just got around to watching this one; great job! I love watching these tight optimization efforts. :)
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    The DooMed Speed Demos Archive returns!

    Does anyone know why pr+ truncates TOD's pppp-3426 at 30:13, while his pppp-3759 plays fine? I followed the instructions that came with the text file (regarding the overflows), then tinkered around a bit, but to no avail - doesn't matter what I try, pr+ seems to read the 3426 demo as 30:13 long. Edit: demo here