Every second matters when it comes to speedrunning through video games. And where seconds are concerned, console choices and even language choices are vital to shaving off precious time.
Language matters to speedrunners because, sometimes, the difference means there's less text to scroll through. Sometimes the voice acting goes by a little quicker. Or sometimes the local version of the game happens to run smoother or has unique time-saving bugs.
One of the latest crazes in speedrunning exemplifies this perfectly.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played in a bunch of different languages, and one speedrunner did a side-by-side speed comparison of them using one of the game's opening monologues. It turns out the German version goes by quickest: Read more...