"I came to center my eyesight about a third of the screen above the ship, treating each bullet as a component of an ever-shifting geometric maze"
Secondly, the goal posts are forever shifting in speedruns. A new glitch is discovered, or a faster route through a game's challenges is uncovered. When this happens, all previous runs suddenly cease to be "competitive." Although this makes it perhaps more infuriating for players, it adds a richness for viewers, who might always be able to see something new when they come back to watching speedrun competition after a period away.In danmaku, by contrast, the goal posts do not change. The only way that someone will ever beat my scores is by playing the game—the exact same game—better than me. The only way I'll get another record is by finding a game that I play better than anybody else.
"The only way that someone will ever beat my scores is by playing the game—the exact same game—better than me."