I wrote this for myself to talk during this video but overall it is the script! Hope you enjoy the video AND READ THIS lol!
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Super Metroid, Pokemon, heck even Kingdom Hearts 2 all of these games have something in common with each other…it’s that they are very old and past their prime. But in all seriousness though, while these games may be old, they are still some of the most celebrated games ever made and have millions of fans and hours put into them. As great as they are, I’m sure you, as well as I, have played games like Super Mario 64, A Link to the Past, or any of the previously mentioned games more times than we can count. And while it’s great to revisit the classics, nostalgia notwithstanding, those who truly loved these games have played them all to death, knowing where everything is and feeling like they can probably beat the game blindfolded at this point. That is where new life is brought into these games and not just new life, but probably the best way to recapture that sense of wonderment and adventure like when you first played the game. That my friends is something called a RANDOMIZER.
Randomizers aren’t exactly new, but they aren’t exactly mainstream either. While they are very popular in select game communities or speedrun communities; not everyone knows about them or even what they are. A randomizer is, for those who don’t know, probably exactly what you were thinking: randomizing parts of a game. To simply put it, think of Ocarina of Time, normally when you grab the first large chest in the game you receive a Kokiri Sword and your adventure continues, but in a randomizer you may receive ANY ITEM, be it detrimental or helpful to your journey. This is what makes randomizers so popular, it adds a new twist to your favorite game. I will go into more detail about SEEDS and how randomizers can vary later, but you can see where I am going with this. Randomizers bring a new way to play for veterans of a game.
Now, I know it sounds like I’m saying ONLY veterans or masters of a game can enjoy a randomizer, but I don’t mean it like that, its just I feel randomizers bring in new life for those who thoroughly enjoyed and loved the game but can never reach the feelings of their first playthrough again. Anyone and everyone should try and enjoy randomizers, I’m just saying this is an added benefit to it that has really brought retro games back! You can also look at randomizers also as a type of difficulty add-on to a game because with the game being sequence broken or items being hidden everywhere, you’re going to have to know how to navigate in the game at certain areas without certain items or abilities. This is another reason why some or most randomizer players are also speedrunners of a game, because without knowing how to do advance tech or even glitches, well you might find yourself in an impossible to pass place or it’ll just take a longer time to get past.
However not all randomizers are the same…. well duh because it’s random each time but what I mean is that there are many types of randomizers. The seed generation technology (as the randomizer is set with rules from a SEED to create it) can make sure to prevent you from being soft-locked or it being too difficult, so you don’t have to necessarily be top level speedrunner in order to enjoy a randomizer seed and that just goes to show how much love and effort is put into each game’s community. Take for example the Paper Mario 64 randomizer, you can start in Toad Town and while you need your partner abilities to access each Chapter or Area in the game, they give you each partner for the overworld, while leaving the actual partner as a randomized item to find scattered somewhere in the game. It’s these small, clever details that make these randomizers so much fun to play!
Now, personally for me and my story of randomizers is that I absolutely love them and honestly, I’m really addicted to watching them as well. I believe the first randomizer I ever watched was the Ocarina of Time randomizer and the first one I ever played was the Super Mario 64 randomizer. I remember telling myself I wanted to do Pokemon first, but I just never got to it and then decided if I were going to do a Pokemon Randomizer, I’d have to also do a Nuzlocke challenge as well About a year ago, when I watched SpikeVegeta play the Ocarina of Time randomizer, I was in awe. Just watching how he had to go to different dungeons to find small chests in order to advance another dungeon, even just a little bit, so he can open another tiny chest to possibly find something he would need as a “clear” or a “check” baffled me. Everything is important, all the knowledge you ever accumulated playing the game was important, because it tests your might to the max and that’s what got me going down this deep rabbit hole. Now, I just finished setting up my Kingdom Hearts 2 randomizer and I’ve been looking at Donkey Kong Country 2 and Final Fantasy IX to do, there are so many games that have this feature and really it’s the best way to revisit old classics that I absolutely adored. In fact, if you were someone who wants to share this experience with a friend, don’t worry the Ocarina of Time randomizer is so popular they now have online co-op connectivity seeds, where you can play with others and they can grab items that EFFECT YOUR GAME! That’s absolutely insane in of itself for a current gen game, but for this? WOW
I recently found a website that lists every randomizer currently in existence and kindly leads to each Github or website leading to how to create your own seeds. I highly recommend checking it, my lists of randomizers to watch or play are: Super Mario 64, Majora’s Mask, any Pokemon game (your favorite), Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts 2, Donkey Kong Country 1-3, Dark Souls 3, and the Super Metroid / Link to the Past co-joined one! These are some of the best and most optimized randomizers out there and obviously these are some of the best games to play at any time, so go on check it out! If you’re skeptical go watch one, see how crazy and zany they could be! Randomizers are definitely the future or retro game playing and I can’t wait to see more.