Posted on July 25 2017 by Bobby Chichester
Speedruns are quite common for the Zelda franchise, as are randomized runs. A Link to the Past is often spedrun and has since become a popular title for randomization, sometimes in teams. In an effort to assist teams, Andi McClure, and independent game developer, created a script that will allow teams to share items within the game. Generally, teammates shared item locations via a text chat program, where this script’s aim is to add the items one player acquires to the other’s inventory. The script was tested with another developer, Alex Zandra Van Chestein. During the run, Van Chestein lost her sword due to some memory issues, and this has since been fixed. The script is still being developed, but McClure hopes it to support three games at launch: Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, and A Link to the Past’s randomizer.
I found it amusing that she created this program to make an assumption she had a reality. While it’s seemingly a case of “just cause”, it could be fun to see how this changes speedruns, if at all.
What do you think of the script? Is it a novelty change, or the next big thing? Let us know down below!