First, here's what GeorgeThePlushie had to say about the video:
This is a single segment run of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 on PC done BY HAND; no cheats or external tools were used in the making of this run. The goal is just to medal the 3 competitions.
Q: Why not complete everything? You skipped a lot of goals and didn't even go to Cruise Ship.
A: It makes for an interesting and challenging route. This category is kind of grandfathered into existence by THPS1&2 going into the credits after getting 3 medals in those games. Besides, there's nothing stopping you or anyone else from doing an All Goals/All Golds or a 100% run.
Q: This seems like TAS quality. How can I be sure you're not cheating?
A: This run was a long time coming. I have multiple older runs uploaded to my channel, showing the progression of the route and my getting better at certain things in the run. The run is not absent of mistakes--they're there if you know what to look for. The game is being played on the PC version--there are obvious tells throughout the run to prove it (1.01 in the bottom-left corner on the main menu, having access to Network Play, "Press O to Continue" instead of a controller's button image, high resolution). The only version that I'm positive can be TASed at the moment is the Gamecube version. If this was TASed it would be faster--even if it was a bad TAS.
Q: How is the game timed?
A: The game is timed in real time starting from the moment the player gains control to the moment End Competition is selected in Tokyo. Player Control actually begins about half a second to a second later than it looks--you can't control your character while they're doing the animation to get on the board. For fairness between console and PC versions, loading times are not counted.
And the video:
Absolutely insane. Of course, my first reaction was, "Well somebody had some free time on their hands." I mean, really, is it possible this dude has been playing the game on the reg since it came out in 2001? It might take that long to master it as he has. Whatever the case, I'm still quite impressed.
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