In what’s become a tradition here at the office, the development team holds a speed run competition near the launch time. With Fallout 3 readying for release in October, the Fallout 3 Speed Run final was held on Friday, September 5th. To the winner: a pie of their choosing.
Back at E3, Todd talked some game — claiming that when it came for the speed run, he’d be the one coming out victorious. Umm…not quite. The finals came down to level designer Jeff “Live the Dream” Browne and QA Tester (and the most recent cover boy for Inside the Vault) Sam”I Am” Bernstein.
The final showdown began at 11am with both guys starting from the exact same point. The winner would be determined by who gets to the game ending first.
Early on, Sam coasted through the character generation process — providing him a 1-2 minute cushion that lasted throughout most of the run. You would have thought he was leading by a lot more, as he casually bopped his head to music (more on that later).
It wasn’t until about 70 minutes into the competition that Jeff made his move. After the match, he explained, “I honestly thought Sam knew of the one trick I used to catch up to him at the end, but once I starting hearing the roar of the crowd behind me, I knew he didn’t and that there was still a chance I could pull off a victory. Unfortunately, I buckled under the pressure at the end and messed up my ‘trick’ three times in a row, costing me the game.”
In the end, Jeff’s trick became Sam’s delicious treat (a strawberry rhubarb pie to be exact). With a time of about 75 minutes — Sam bested Jeff by a matter of seconds. Coincidentally, the victory time was nearly identical to the winning time of the Oblivion champion, Chris Krietz.
If you’d like become a Fallout 3 speed run champion yourself, here’s the playlist Sam listened to during his speed run.
- The Rocky Theme Song – Rocky Soundtrack
- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
- Germany to Germany – Ratatat
- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight [DJ Downfall Remix] – The Postal Service
- Lex – Ratatat
- Piano Black – Cowboy Bebop
- Mushaboom [Postal Service Remix] – Feist
- Heat Wave – Bionic Commando Rearmed Soundtrack
- Tank! [Luke Vibert Remix] – Cowboy Bebop
- Mirando – Ratatat
- Still More Fighting – Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack
- Such Great Heights [Ben Folds Version] – The Postal Service
- Power Plant – Bionic Commando Rearmed Soundtrack
- Do You Realize?? [The Postal Service Remix] – The Flaming Lips
- Intermission – The Offspring
- Rush – Cowboy Bebop
- In The Tunnels – The Rock Soundtrack
- The Countdown Begins – Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack
- The Final Countdown – Europe
- Victory Fanfare – Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack
- The Throne Room/End Title – Star Wars Episode IV Soundtrack
Now you can see why he won…great playlist!
The thrill of victory!