At GDC Summer this year organizers introduced a new series of sessions in which devs sat in on speedruns of their games to provide commentary and generally marvel at how players have mastered their work.
In the process, the audience (and often the dev themselves) learned a lot about how these games were made, as the speedrunners often bent or broke the games in unusual ways to speed through them.
Speedrunner Utsu appeared at GDC Summer to speedrun LucasArts' Star Wars: Republic Commando, with dev Harley Baldwin watching live to point out interesting behind-the-scenes details. It was a great run, clocking in at a little under two and a half hours, and now you can watch it for free on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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