I love and hate Super Meat Boy. I love it because it is the greatest platformer of all time (subject to opinion; I also haven't played every platformer of all time.. I've really relatively few platformers I guess). And I hate it for the following story (and love it for it too):
So I'm working on the Golden God achievement in Super Meat Boy, which is 100%. So at the moment I'm going back and completing all the light world levels under the recommended time to unlock their dark world equivalents. Progress is slow but steady and fun. I was, stupidly, up at 3:30AM and decided to kill a few levels and go to sleep at 4:00. All of sudden I come across a warp zone in one of the levels in the Rapture chapter. It's the "I Wanna Be the Guy" warp zone which I've heard and watched before. It's also the way to unlock 'The Kid' which also unlocks the corresponding achievement.
This is a tough one. Real tough. People post youtube clips of them completing the three levels with excited titles and descriptions, or just a video of their unlocked achievement with triumphent music playing. Now here's the thing.. Most levels take about 15 seconds on average when done right. Of course, theirs also deaths, so they can end up taking quite a bit longer.
I decided to try the first level of the 'IWBTG' stages, just to test it out because it's supposed to be so hard. It's actually a pretty awesome level and I was having fun when I finally beat it.. At 4:30AM. I'm on semester break, but I still don't like getting to sleep so late because I usually get up very late the next day as a result. But.. If I was to quit now, I'd have to do the first level again. I'd heard the second and third levels were easier (....lol) so I decided I'd finish them off and get to sleep before sunrise.
Long story short, I'm sitting here typing this out at 7:26AM, having unlocked 'The Kid' about 10 minutes ago. The second level took me about 30-40 minutes, and I'd say was about as hard as the first (but not as fun). The third level however is hell incarnate. A masochists dream. I have no idea how many attempts I had at that level.. The worst part about it, other than the fact that you need to quickly double jump constantly (which has caused my hand to cramp up and ache) is the fact that there is no safe spot in the level; you need to constantly move/jump.
It came to the point where I was just like "**** it"... And right after I nailed it. A perfect run. I dropped the controller and put my arms out like I'd like I'd just scored the winner in a champions league final.
There is a part of me that never wants to look at Super Meat Boy again.. But it's too good not to. And I still need the 'I'm a Golden God!' achievement.. I'm not sure if I should continue now or sleep the rest of the day..
Here's another poor souls footage of the first level after 2 hours worth of attempts (explicit language).