That’s the thing that impresses me most about this marathon. They played around 60 games and I think 44 were successful 1CCs. These games are HARD with a capital HARD for the most part and yet they make it look like they’re in total command of everything for the entire run, often finishing without losing a life. When it gets tough, you totally know they’re not shitting you about that because you can see how one wrong move can result in a whole run failing in moments.
Given I’ve played many of these games myself and can’t even get halfway through them on one credit, it’s just completely bonkers to me to see them plow through them. They are learned gamers on the very top of the pyramid of skill and memorization IMO. I love it.
As for the l33tness, I kinda like it since I think there’s a definite attempt to stamp out some of that across gaming. These games come from a different time and I’m fine with how this somewhat insular group has their own lingo that we can hear once a year as we delve into the (largely forgotten) past with them.
I’m looking forward to watching and rewatching this year’s event. I hope it doesn’t take two years until we get another one.