Posted: May 14, 2021 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
Speedrunning is an amazing thing, isn’t it? Gamers take it upon themselves to add an extra layer of challenge to what may be an already difficult experience. When it comes to Minecraft, beating the Ender Dragon and activating the ‘cutscene’ is what is considered ‘beating the game.’
Minecraft speedrunners have made a community around doing this as fast as possible, and then creating leaderboards to track progress. Today’s blog will be going over all of the different types of speedrunning Minecraft has to offer along with the current world record holders. Let’s get started.
To understand what the different categories are, you need a reference for what each of these awesome vocab words mean. Go get some note cards, because we gotta memorize these by tomorrow’s test!
Seeds – You’ve most likely heard of these. Basically, every Minecraft world has a ‘seed’ tied to it, which is a code that can be used to make the world generate in a specific way. When a similar seed is used, it will generate the exact same world every time.
Set Seed – Set Seed refers to when a speedrun uses a seed that has already been used. This is done to have prior knowledge on the world generation for the sake of obtaining resources and completing the required objectives easier. This genre usually has much faster completion times than Random Seed, as the runner will go over the same world multiple times, chopping seconds off their time by planning and understanding the world beforehand. It is, however, much less popular as it can be seen as monotonous and overdone, with very little variety in seeds used.
Random Seed – Random Seed refers to when a speedrun uses a randomly generated seed. This is done to ensure that the player has no prior knowledge of the world generation, so it will be their first time experiencing this world. Every run in this category must use a new seed each run. This genre of runs is significantly more popular than Set Seed as it is heavily based on quick thinking, adaptability, and game sense.
Versions – Minecraft has multiple versions that correspond with updates Mojang makes to the game. Each update brings new content that may make it easier or harder to speedrun the game, so Minecraft Speedrunning has been split into three separate categories. Pre version 1.9, Versions 1.9-1.15, and Versions 1.16+. This will basically determine what strategy the speedrunner uses to complete the game quicker.
For Minecraft, there are six main categories when it comes to speedrunning that the official speedrunning community acknowledges, five of which have tracked progress and time recordings. I will list them in order of least to most popular, but this could change depending on any changes made to the game along with future updates.
Minecraft Speedrunning is one of the most, if not the most popular speedrun game of all time. Although this is mainly due to its Random Seed categories being heavily based on adaptability and luck rather than actual mechanical skill, it still speaks to the idea that Minecraft is an amazing game with many different communities that surround it for all types of reasons. With that being said, I hope you learned something new, and have a great day!