When we judge a run, we take several factors into account:
- We require the runner to provide commentary during the run, either personally or with a couch. What is the potential for the quality of commentary during the run?
- Has the runner performed a run at our event before? How did it go?
- If multiple people have submitted a run, is this runner the best one to showcase this game?
- Has the runner dropped a run unreasonably, or previously been a no-show?
- How consistent are runs of this game? Can the run be reliably completed?
- Has the runner played this game recently, or has their last run been a long time ago?
- Is the game entertaining by its own merits? Does that entertainment value translate well to a wider audience?
- If the content is not a speedrun, what entertainment value does it bring to the event? We are especially interested in creative content that you are enthusiastic about.
Avoid submitting solely for a race. Not all games are fit for a race, even if there are many runners available.
For a race, we have additional criteria:
- Is the game a good fit for a race? Not all games make for entertaining races.
- Is it possible for the race to be a blowout?
- Is it possible to recover from a mistake during the race to prevent it from becoming a blowout?
- Would the setup time for the race take longer than the race itself?
- Shorter runs that revolve around a single difficult trick or glitch will need to have a high success rate.
- How much does RNG affect the run? Will it be likely to determine the outcome of the race?