YouTube content creator and streaming star Dream, primarily known for his Minecraft content, recently shared his views on the current rules for Minecraft speed runners
“I’ll be honest, I don’t want to go back to fighting with the sprinting community and having people mad at me,” Dream said. “But I think the decisions and, like, the direction that he took is bad, and I’m just going to speak from a purely content creator’s point of view and not from a sprinter’s point of view, because I don’t know what people who in actually speedrun actively now do.”
The streamer went on to say that assigning new tools and debugging features is not good, “mainly just because it creates shitty content.”
Dream was previously one of the top contenders within the Minecraft speedrunning community, but stopped doing it after an accidental cheating mishap that caused a lot of animosity and anger directed towards him. While the streamer adamantly denied cheating, he later claimed that he unintentionally cheated due to a small mod he didn’t know he had installed to improve his YouTube content, and shared a now-deleted statement about the situation.
Following the confusion created by this admission, the creator moved away from speedrunning to focus on his other Minecraft contents. Dream had not spoken further about speedrunning from his apology on May 30, 2021 to his live broadcast on June 3, 2022.
The streamer was practicing at the MC Championship (MCC) Minecraft server with creators Illumina and TinaKitten on voice chat when they started discussing the matter. Illumina is known for its first post Minecraft speedruns, and Dream gave his opinion on the current state of Minecraft sprinting after Illumina asked Dream if he was considering racing again.
Dream went on to compare speedrunning to his popular Minecraft Manhunt series in terms of how appealing it is to general viewers. Minecraft Manhunt is Dream’s biggest hit, with the highest-performing video with over 110 million views, and the series is widely regarded as some of the best content within the game. Minecraft community.
He explained that those within the community who tune in Minecraft content like his Manhunt series or old speedrunning streams do this because they are easy to follow and enjoyable. Dream then explained that the new technicalities and concessions of current speedrunning rules take away from the simple goal of winning the game.
“When someone, like, goes into their options and then changes, like, their FOV to get closer to the shit, even I don’t know what the hell is going on,” Dream said of today’s complexities. Minecraft speed race
The streamer went on to say that if even he, someone who regularly codes and develops content within the backend of MinecraftIf you’re confused by what’s going on with current speedrunning, then the average viewer is probably confused as well.
Dream continued to elaborate further and found some irony in the whole situation. The broadcaster believes that the assignment of tools such as calculators, the ability to pause, and other similar aids that are now allowed for Minecraft Sprinting, visually, doesn’t make sprinting seem fair. He prefers the old speed racing method that didn’t allow for such tools both for its entertainment value and for his own personal style of play.
“This is going to be a hot take on me,” the streamer continued while laughing. “But it feels like you’re watching someone cheat every time you look at the average top sprinter now.”
Illumina jumped in to say that he agreed with Dream, but felt that if he voiced those opinions about how speedrunning works now, the speedrunning community, which Illumina says doesn’t handle opinions well, would persecute him.
With regards to Dream’s treatment and the possibility of a backlash from the community, Illumina’s concern that the sprinting community does not take feedback well seems to be well founded. Both Dream and Illumina repeatedly expressed that these were just their opinions, but many within the community have already taken to social media to attack the duo ever since.
Regardless of any backlash from the sprinting community, it doesn’t look like Dream will change his mind on the matter any time soon.
“Hot take,” Dream concluded. “But my opinion.”