Dear Esther

Dear Esther

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Dear Esther MLG 2013 xXxPro_SpeedrunzxXx Guide
By Batts
With my #1 speedrun time and MLG cred, a lot of people have been asking me "Batts, how the hell did you make it through the game so fast?". Well, in this guide I reveal the secrets of getting the fastest times through all 4 levels of gameplay, and expert tips on how to improve your overall speedrun times in games of this type.
 
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Introduction
With my #1 speedrun time and MLG cred, a lot of people have been asking me "Batts, how the hell did you make it through the game so fast?". Well, in this guide I reveal the secrets of getting the fastest times through all 4 levels of gameplay, and expert tips on how to improve your overall speedrun times in games of this type. And to become a good speedrunner, and to even attempt something as difficult as Dear Esther, you need to first understand the history, physical and mental preparations, and concept of speedrunning. Thankfully I am an expert at that stuff and will get you up to snuff in this guide.
History of Speedrunning.
The history of speedrunning began thousands of years ago, with people running really fast and trying to beat each other. While not 'true' speedrunning, it is running and evolved into the sport known today as 'Racing', which is done not only on foot, but with animals and vehicles. You can learn more about racing with google if you are really interested in it. However the first recorded instance of somebody 'Speedrunning' and setting a 'time to beat' was Israel back in 1967. Israel had a war coming and they were all like 'Yeah we are going to do this war the fastest ever', and boy did they hit it out of the park. They started off bombing Egypt, while their bombers shouted 'Lol fkin noobs get on our level' (which some of you may recognize as a phrase still in use today, a tribute to Israel) and then starting fights with Jordan and Syria as well, quite a ballsy move though nobody expected it would lead to a shorter war. Sure enough not even six days later the war was over with Israel victorious and setting a record time. To this day their war speedrun remains unbeaten, though there was a close attempt by Rwanda back in 2000 (However their time was about 3 hours over). The major thing about this was it put out the concept of putting out a time to beat for other people. With the release of Doom in 1993, people started recording their gameplay going through as fast as possible, this started the boom of modern speedrunning and people applying it to every game out there today. Thats the basic history you need to know to speedrun a game right, though it can never hurt to read into it more.
Concept of Speedrunning
For speedrunning you need to go fast, and being alert and well fed is essential to that. For a game like Dear Esther you will need at least a big bag of cheetos and a 12 pack of mountain dew to keep you well fed and alert during your attempts. Also handy are print out maps of each level (not provided here, you gotta make your own) and to map out your route. Get a good video recording program like fraps so you can prove how you absolutely blazed through this game. I'd also recommend turning off audio in game and just cranking to some pumped up music of your choice to get you going.
The Lighthouse
Press W and follow the path as fast as you can
The Buoy
Press W and follow the path as fast as you can
The Caves
Press W and follow the path as fast as you can
The Beacon
Press W and follow the path as fast as you can
Closing
Alright thats all you need to know to speedrun this game. Get out there and blaze through it as fast as you can, maybe find some new tips and tricks or try to knock out my 12 minute total time! Thanks for reading and keep on speedrunning!
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38 Comments
QKIS Jul 18 @ 1:29pm 
#REKT MY SWAG
Batts  [author] Jun 5 @ 10:44am 
The 'Point' is to be the very best, like no one ever was. To speedrun is your real test, to prove your times is your cause.
Úlfheðinn Jun 5 @ 10:23am 
What's the fucking point?
quaternary Oct 30, 2014 @ 6:33pm 
Zigzagging also helps, just hold W and mash adadaddadadadad
PaMelrabo Aug 11, 2014 @ 12:04pm 
For some reason, when you walk against the rails, barbed wire, etc. sometimes you notice a small increment in speed.
Specially the first chapter.
d2r Aug 10, 2014 @ 2:31pm 
Is it possible to straferun to increase my speed? I'm having trouble cracking 12 minutes 30 seconds.
PowLee Jul 6, 2014 @ 2:26pm 
great guide
Fatman Apr 5, 2014 @ 5:26am 
*sniff better love story than twiligh- oh wait not a love story... still better than twilight
Cypher Jan 6, 2014 @ 7:16am 
amazing