People speedrun games in as many different ways as you can possibly think of. Exploiting glitches, not using glitches at all, reaching a particular objective, not using major glitches, full game completion and an endless list of other categories. Well now we can add a new category to that list; banned%.
If you’re a follower of the speedrun subreddit, you will have noticed that, over the course of the last couple days, there’s been a new craze taking over. For whatever reason, people have decided to see how fast they can get banned from Club Penguin. This is a fairly simple speedrun; you go to the website, set up an account, confirm the account, log in and then immediately get yourself banned by typing inappropriate words in chat.
Yup, it’s mind numbingly stupid but if you don’t get a chuckle out of it when you first see it then I don’t know what to tell you. From my extensive research, it appears that this began with ButtonWalls recording a time of 1 minute 54 seconds a couple days ago. As of last night, the world record for the category belongs to 2KRN4U, with a time of 37.37 seconds. It’s going to be tough to top that world record as the run is about as optimized as it’s going to get at this point.
Now this isn’t the first time gamers have done speedruns of Club Penguin. Another category, 500 coins, has existed for quite some time. Speedrunners will always have joke games/categories and they’re usually hilariously stupid; which is why they will continue to exist. This is exactly the kind of nonsense that makes the Awful Games block of the Games Done Quick marathons fun.
I’ll be interested to see if this is going to be a thing that rolls into other web browser games over the next week or two. I’m pretty much expecting to wake up and see a post on Reddit to the effect of “World Record: Runescape Banned% xx:xx.” Is it stupid? Of course it is. And it’s probably just a fad that’ll die out fairly quickly. But in the mean time, it gets chuckle out of me every time I see it.
On a related note, there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to people getting banned from Club Penguin and there are some real laugh out loud gems in there.