While many streamers across Twitch and YouTube are still playing through big new releases like Diablo 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a number have now moved on to slightly more obscure pastures.
After all, while reaching level 100 with your build of choice or defeating Ganondorf without using any weapons are difficult tasks, the kinds of people who’ve beaten Elden Ring using Bop-Its, dance pads, and mind control are always searching for new ways to challenge and frustrate themselves.
The latest game taking the streaming world by storm and driving the rage levels of its residents through the roof is Only Up, a recently released climbing game, which one streamer has now decided to make more difficult by trying to beat it using their voice.
Do you think you could beat Only Up by barking commands at your screen?
Twitch personality Larxa is no stranger to playing games using her dulcet tones, having previously talked their way through Elden Ring and the Resident Evil 4 remake, but given the amount of frustration Only Up has been causing among both larger creators and speedrunners, it might be their toughest challenge yet.
“I don’t even know if it’s possible,” the streamer admitted at the beginning of a near eight-hour long stream of the challenge, before revealing that they’d be using a trainer mod to make their own checkpoints as they climbed, ensuring that they wouldn’t spend the entire stream floundering at the bottom of the game’s climbable structure.
Keeping a continuous timer running as they gradually moved their way upwards by saying words and phrases like ‘go’, ‘stop’ and ‘tiny left,’ Larxa naturally endured a bunch of heart-breaking falls like the one featured in the Tweet above.
By the time the stream concluded, the run’s time had reached a grand total of 6 hours and 48 minutes, with the streamer having made some great progress, but declaring: “I have to stop here, I don’t know if my heart can take any more.”
“I feel like this [run] is accurate to how the [in-game] character would [actually] feel, jumping through this [stuff],” they added, proving that sometimes immersion can be achieved in the most unorthodox of ways.