Many of you have no doubt been tuning in to the Summer Games Done Quick event, a weeklong twitch stream featuring some of the fastest gamers in the world as they blast through popular games. All proceeds from the event are donated to a chosen cause -- Doctors Without Borders, this year -- and the runs are mostly performed in a live setting. Of course, there's always room for something to go wrong on live shows like this, as one speedrunner unfortunately learned the hard way.
EeveeSpiritt was playing through New Super Mario Bros. 2 when the unthinkable happened: the battery coughed it's last, bringing the run screeching to a halt. What's worse, EeveeSpiritt forgot to bring a charger along in case, but a fan in the crowd had fortunately allowed theirs to be used so the run could be completed. All in all, the detour added about ten minutes to the run; you can see it below, along with the blunder a little after 32:00:
What do you think? Did you see this live? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Whoa, that's a relief... I read the title wrong at first and I thought that the speedrunner himself died while recording his run. =P
@J-Fox same here lol
ME three ! .. gotta have clearer titles here Mr Nintendo Life sir
Stop the presses!
@The_Top_Loader @NickOfTime90 @J-Fox Heh, I didn't even notice it could be read that way. Funny how one can miss details that aren't being looked for!
@MitchVogel No problem, just had to look 2 times. @BensonUii I really don't think this was intentional.
I'm glad so many of us were more concerned about the speedrunner than just his 3DS haha. Dying on a livestream wouldn't be the nicest way to go.
Why wouldn't you take a charger to such an event?
Good thing he saved the game or the run was ruined, but come on! XD
I bet he will never leave home without the charger from now on
@BensonUii I understand what you're saying.
He doesn't happen to own a New 3DS XL does he? Cause those things doesn't come with a charging adapter anymore.
Next time get your 3DS with a charger for your run. Guess the lesson is learned.
@retro_player_22 haha like every New 3DS owner gets one go and one go only! I like it.
Thinking back, my 3DS XL didn't come with one. Think that was a Europe thing.
@CTMike Nah, we here in the USA also did not get a charging adapter for the New 3DS XL as well. Nintendo announced that they won't include a charging adapter with every New 3DS XL as they assume any New 3DS owner probably already had one with an original 3DS already which I doubt some don't.
@MitchVogel Well see you've learnt something new today .. big smiles now >>>
@BensonUii Yeh kinda like the hokey pokey >> you gotta leave some in >> then ya gotta take some out >> then shake it all about
This isn't the first time a runner forgot his charger. SGDQ 2015 Metroid Prime hunters runner got to borrow one from the crowd.
@Mario_maniac Kidding? It would be PERFECT. Totally rock way to hand in the towel. Glad the kid is safe Also misread the title at first.
@J-Fox i read it like that too, then notice it said his 3ds was dead, glad that it wasn't him and it was his 3DS that i was reading.
@retro_player_22 Or with a DSi. And I kinda get it: what's the use of 3 the same chargers, if you have all these systems?
When I saw the title of this article I thought the 3DS broke completely in stead of just the battery dying.
So a gamer from one random event forgot his charger and this is somehow news worthy.
and that's why if your doing something like this with a handheld system, you have it plugged in AT ALL TIMES
So... Slow news day?
Thank god...I read the headline wrong at first as well. I mean, now that I realize it was just a battery that died, I'm just left feeling a bit confused that there's an article pointing out such a minor thing, though.
@PtM Reads perfectly fine if you read english that is.
JESUS I THOUGHT HE DIED
And we should care about this becuse...?
@Yasume Nintendo's fault for still keeping quiet about NX.
@BensonUii Obviously, I'm not aware of the other Nintendo sites you're comparing Nintendo Life to. But, in my opinion, NL's userbase overall is akin to a class of well-behaved first graders compared to other sites: there's a few "troublemakers" here 'n there but generally everyone's pretty good. NL is the ONLY gaming site I know of where the staff actually makes people "use their words" instead of devolving into the usual cussing, expletive-ridden, F-bomb fests you see on other sites. I get my Nintendo news here for that one reason alone, lol. And I feel the exact opposite regarding the tone of NL's articles, which are usually pro instead of anti or negative, in my opinion. (In fact, I'd say that sometimes NL may be a little too pro but this is a Nintendo site after all, lol) I respect your opinions, though!
@BensonUii Or it could be that this is a European site, with lots of users who have different primary languages, and not everyone has Oxford quality English language skills. We're supposed to use English here, but I should hope we're not intolerant of non-native English speakers/writers trying to understand English to some degree, as many Americans can be.
Not to mention, it's easy to misinterpret the headline as saying the 3DS died, and therefore stopped working; which would require replacing it in the middle of the event and starting over, not just connecting it to a charger/outlet and continuing from the last save point. So yes, that one missing word, battery, makes a difference.
Several of the more recent conversation pieces on NL are definitely more heated than those of when I first started lurking 6 years ago. For the most part, though, users are just taking being negative upon themselves in response, going beyond critical discussion.
Mmmm? I've never heard of this event until now.
@TeeJay What rock have you been living under? lol
@PlywoodStick I'm usually pretty clueless about current events. Not usually in the gaming industry though...
@TeeJay Well, this is a cool annual event, making good charitable use of the traditional rite of passage for understanding all about each game, the quintessential speedrun.
And this is why I'm happy to keep using my original 3DS with a third party 5000 mAh battery, instead of the anemic 1300 mAh official battery. (The third party battery also works with the regular size New 3DS, which I'd like to get at some point, but they're rare in the USA!) If it's closed, I can leave it on and neglect to charge it for over a week, two weeks even, while still keeping that soothing blue light going. Or use it for a whole day from a full charge and still have no dour red light staring at me.
One is only able to keep playing with an official battery for a few hours before being forced to madly rush back to the charger and wall outlet, like a drug addict raving and cavorting in a corner. That was too much of a... drain on my subconsciousness! Without constant awareness of being conservative with the battery power level, the official 3DS battery expired it's charge on me during many occasions, just going through part of a day. I guess this speedrunner is just as bad as I am, epic failing to pay attention to that desperately blinking red light.
Add me to the list of people who thought the person died. Whew!
@J-Fox Same here. And even after reading it clearly, I went in thinking that the console in question died as in "went comatose with no immediately visible prospect of booting up again".
News headlines - the oldest tool for trolling, intentional or otherwise. XD
@J-Fox me too
@DiscoGentleman Well, it's a sad reality, but a lot of Americans are intolerant of anyone who doesn't speak English primarily. Even more so if not at all.
I don't think it's impossible for a non-native English speaker to see the word "dies" and attribute it to a living being before an object. He was saying that the headline isn't that easy to misinterpret, even though it can be, since the battery died, not the 3DS itself. And then he went on to deride others for misinterpreting the headline, as well as essentially saying that others make negativity out of nothing. So yes, in one way or another, he kind of was criticizing other people's comprehension skills.
I, too, thought the gamer had died
Glad to read nobody died!!
I might have read the title the same way if I had not already seen the video. For those unaware, Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick are annual events that raise money for cancer research / Doctor's Without Borders / etc. It's a week-long stream of people speedrunning games 24/7, and by donating you get entered into several raffle drawings to win some cool stuff, including games and consoles. You can also put money towards naming a save file, having the runner change the run category (100%, for example) or many other things, such as the ever present kill/save the animals war that happens every year for Super Metroid. They also have a Youtube account if you just want to wait and pick/choose the runs you want to watch and don't care about participating.
Yeah i'm not liking the title of this article. Like others I thought the speed runner him/herself died. Then I settled on the system crapping out rather than is battery dying. Good thing I read the article!
How is he supposed to keep his 3DS charged when it probably didn't even come packaged with one?
@Yasume How is this a random event? This is an annual charity event that it is quite popular.
I think I am in the small group of people who thought the system was not working at all, not the gamer died. I didn't think the battery ran out, I thought his 3DS died on him completely and would no longer work.
Yeah, wasn't confused by the title at all. I'm confused by all the negative comments complaining about negativity here on the site.
NLife is hands-down, the most moderated and non-trashy Nintendo news site. I am very grateful for the work these guys put in, and for the crap they put up with in the comments section.
@DiscoGentleman @BensonUii I understand now, thanks for clarifying! Sorry about the misunderstanding.
@DG Yeah, overt nationalist behavior can have a nasty habit of dividing people in all the wrong ways...
That's just very bad planning.
@J-fox Same here too.
@retro_player_22 I meant original 3DS XL in Europe: no charger
@CTMike Wow that's too bad, well now we know how you feel with having no charger with the system lol...
@PtM Haha thats awesome of you to say.
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