So lets open a discussion up here, see if we can't get any comments in the comments section.
This topic will revolve around Demon Souls/Dark Souls/Dark Souls 2 speed runs. The question I pose to you is this.
Do you speed run? If so, why? If not, why don't you speed run?
And to fire it off, I'll start with my opinion and answer to the question. I don't speed run Dark Souls. I've tried to do speed runs in both Dark Souls 1 and 2, but to no avail. I don't really think it's any kind of issue to do with skill, as I can defeat most bosses fairly easily now in the game without much, if any hassle. I have a few bosses that still give me a beat down here and there, but for the most part, I can deal with whatever is thrown at me.
My key issue with speed running is sparkles. So you may be asking no, "What are Sparkles?" That pretty, misty white light you see on a body sometimes after you kill something, or the white mist you see as you run past a 1000 year-old corpse. Better known as loot. It calls me, like a sparkling diamond or piece of gold. And I can't resist the temptation. I have to run over and loot it. Even if I know what I'm going to get, I still have to get it.
I've started a few speed runs in Dark Souls 2, making it thought the Last Giant, Pursuer, Dragon Rider and Ornstein in about 10ish minutes without much issue. Not sure if this is a good pace for a serious speed run, but that's about the time I get, and I can make it about that far before suddenly, I get sucked in by loot. Perhaps it's my personality. I find myself wanting to explore everything rather than speed my way through a game. That might be why I haven't beat Skyrim yet.
I fairly far into Skyrim, but I find myself doing everything I can in the game. I've done so much in Skyrim, and I haven't finished the main storyline, think the last thing I did with that is talk to some dragon on top of a mountain. I have some Vampire lady following me around that I'm helping and I haven't even been to the island expansion, think it's the Dragonborn DLC. Still a lot left to do in the game. It's because I enjoy the whole wandering around, exploring, finding things to do on my own. Yeah, sometimes I come back to the main story, and do a little there, the break off on a tangent and do something else.
This is the main reason why I may never be able to do a Dark Souls speed run successfully. Have I tried? Yes. Have I made why I believe to be a decent time for the first few bosses that could be a respectable speed run? I'm pretty confident I have. But that loot, that cave or side quest, sometimes, I just can't resist the urge to do it in favor of rushing through the whole game and crossing the finish line in less than 2 and a half hours.
So sound off! What's your experience with speed runs? Love them or hate them? Why do you or don't you do them?