Speed runs in the majority of video games are impressive achievements in themselves. They require endless hours of practice, skill and awareness to be done effectively, plus the ability to figure out any glitches or tricks than can be pulled off to shave off those precious seconds. A ClusterTruck run in particular is no easy task, given its traits of being a challenging game that often borders on the absurd.
What speed runner 097AceofSpades’ won’t have expected was what ensued during his run of the indie game at SGDQ 2017 (Summer Games Done Quick). Thanks to a feature on the streaming platform Twitch known as Twitch Integration, the game will be ask to call for a vote, which presents three options. Viewers in the chat can they vote by typing a number between 1 and 3, with modifiers able to to shake things up to be either helpful or downright useless.
For example, a number offers up low gravity, proving very handy indeed for a challenge such as this. But shooting a buttload of lasers from passing trucks? Not the most helpul, really.
Suffice to say, Landfall Games decided to use this to their advantage to muster up some good natured ribbing. Not only by way of these switch ups, but also from taunting the runner with on-screen text.
Of course, its all in good fun, which makes a refreshing change from the usual nature of trolling that we are used to in gaming. If you’d like to check out the antics, you can find the entire stream here, which is well worth a watch. The ClusterTruck run is just over 25 minutes long, which is worth your time alone.