While I am 100% a fan of sharing our favorite runs from this year, I would like to push back on identifying which come off as “cringy” on this thread. It can be rough to watch a performance when someone has poor diction or when the announcer is trying a little too hard to get his memes in, but I think it’s understand why you feel that way instead of leaving it at just a blanket of “cringe.” Speedrunning offers a competitive platform for individuals not represented in traditional sports, including people with disabilities, and I think Games Done Quick has done a (debatably) half-decent job in presenting non-traditional gamers to the point of picking less-represented runners over faster times.
Cringe culture serves to push marginalized and/or non-normative people out of the limelight by labeling their behavior as socially repulsive. The language has most often targeted people with disabilities and queer folk. It doesn’t provide any level of critical feedback, and might as well be added to my dead language glossary. Being more specific about what you didn’t enjoy can be more constructive and might even let people know if they could actually enjoy the run.
Am I going too far here? I think I have a strong response since I used to be really into /r/cringe culture until I realized I was just being an asshole. I found that my personal feeling of cringe would be better described as a level of uncomfortableness with someone I was unfamiliar with, and was tied into my own anxieties.