Team Fortress 2's annual community jumping competition is underway

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By way of speedrunning (opens in new tab), roleplaying servers (opens in new tab) and performance subcultures (opens in new tab), I love communities that tailor games to suit their own esoteric interests. To this end, Team Fortress 2's annual trick jumping competition The Beginnings is underway.

As reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Beginnings 5 hosts contests in trick jumping, speedrunning and a live race. "Do you have what it takes?" asks this Reddit post (opens in new tab). "Beginnings 5 is an organized event for competition within TF2 jumping. This year we will be holding three separate competitions, a speedrun competition, a trick jumping competition, and a live race. 

"There are in-game medals to be won. To be eligible for a participant medal you must send in a run that's faster than the showcase time of the map you submit a run on, send in a trickjump that isn't obviously bad, or participate in the live race."

The Reddit post points those interested this way (opens in new tab), and notes that the race will be held on  June 23 and will be streamed on Twitch here (opens in new tab). 16 racers for each class will take part, this post explains (opens in new tab), with racers going head-to-head till two jumpers meet in the grand final. To enter, players are required to submit eight demos—four in POV, and four in SourceTV. 

The following map showcase is impressive all told, but I was particularly taken by the moves from five minutes onward.

More information on The Beginnings 5 lives here (opens in new tab). Here's Evan's words on how Team Fortress 2 changed FPSes forever (opens in new tab).