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How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun
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How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun

When you consider that most obscure games will have just one or two speedruns on the leaderboards if any, I'd say this one constitutes as a blow up, or at very least a "glow up". So, what’s a speedrun that’s obscure? A game that no reasonable person would think to speedrun? Well, probably iCarly for the Nintendo Wii. Let's take a quick look at where the boost in popularity came from and how this applies to building up a following for any speedrun. This game used to be a title with a mostly empty leaderboard, lost to time and history -- a shovelware product that faded into the background of everyone’s collective memories. But thanks to the actions of one person, that has changed. Meet Saltydkdan, a YouTuber (retired from this project) who previously dedicated themself to fully com...
How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)
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How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)

If you’ve completed Hollow Knight’s story, whether recently or long ago, it might have left you a bit… hollow. It is not new having “bad endings” in video games for our main characters, and sometimes those are there for the best. However, despite how tragic Hallownest’s story is, some of us just waited for the credits to stop rolling and show us a better resolution to the conflict presented. If this is your case, fear not, because instead of a post-credit scene, there is a secret, more complex ending, which has a better outcome for our protagonist. It requires some extra work, and that is what we will be explaining in today’s article while keeping out any major spoilers as best as possible. Getting Started What you will first need to have is an item from the Ancient Basic. Though you ...
League of Legend’s Moonstaff Build – Explained
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League of Legend’s Moonstaff Build – Explained

If you enjoy MOBAs or any competitive game, then you must be well aware of the term "meta." It defines a set of strategies that combines flawlessly with the game's always-changing champions, items, and skills. Because those factors (champions, items, and skills) are being tweaked regularly, the "meta" also adapts. The League of Legends' season 11 is live. With it, new metas emerge to help competition thrive. We have all seen the terror that Olaf and Goredrinker cause in solo queues, first-hand. In the past few months, more players are optimizing mythic items' unique passives with certain champions to make them even more potent than season 10. New builds and playstyles are being discussed every day on Reddit and alike communities. The arrival of changes also guarantees one idea: off-m...
How to Live stream Your Speedruns on Twitch
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How to Live stream Your Speedruns on Twitch

Streaming has been a big part of speedrunning. Whether to prove the validity of a run, or just provide and receive speedrunning help from others. If you are looking to get into speedrunning but don't have a stream, you've come to the right place. Making Your Own Speedrunning Stream There are a couple things which may discourage people from streaming all together, but some of them may not be entirely valid. These reasons can include things like: "Who would even watch me?" "Streaming to nobody doesn't help me at all." "Why bother?" Points number one and two are pretty much the same thing, and for that I have to say that you're looking at it in the wrong light. Worst case scenario, you have a categorized catalog filled with all of your runs so you can look over them and im...
How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs – Creating a New Speedrun
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How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs – Creating a New Speedrun

I have a weird taste in games. I also enjoy speedrunning. Thus, I have lots of personal experience speedrunning multiple games that nobody else has ever run. I am going to give you my advice for creating your own speedruns for a game without any runs on the leaderboard. If the game you want to speedrun does not currently have any speedruns, the majority of the process is going to be up to you! However, I'm going to help guide you along. If you would like to learn how to start speedrunning in general, you may want to instead read How to Start Speedrunning: A Beginner's Guide. First off, I want to provide you with the short of it, because the best way to do something is to "Just do!" If you spend too much time thinking about how to do something, you might feel overburdened and give up....
How to Create a New Speedrun Category – Speedrun Guide
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How to Create a New Speedrun Category – Speedrun Guide

Checking out the leaderboards of the game you're speedrunning, or about to speedrun, you may find that you need to create a new category. There are many variables to speedrunning a new category and getting it accepted on the leaderboards, so there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, as someone who has created a new category on the leaderboards for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, I can provide you with the best advice I can give. If you are instead looking for how to start a speedrun of a game that does not have any categories at all, you're probably more interested in checking out this article: How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs - Creating a New Speedrun. First off, let me tell you... getting a new category on the leaderboards was not easy. Things ...
Which Game You Should Speedrun as Your First Speedrun
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Which Game You Should Speedrun as Your First Speedrun

So you want to start speedrunning, but you don't know which game to start with. Nearly everyone who speedruns had to, at some point, ask themselves this one question: "Which game should I speedrun first?". To help you along, consider this a helpful and insightful guide for choosing the game which is right for you to start your speedrunning journey. Your first speedrun should be a game that you enjoy playing, have access to, and feel comfortable playing. Beginner speedruns to consider are Super Meat Boy, Super Mario Bros., and Strider for the NES. Let's break that down! How To Pick Your First Speedrun Choose a game you enjoy Pick a style you enjoy (side-scroll, 2D, 3D, shooters) Decide PC or a console you feel comfortable with Consider if your accessibility to the game ...
The Best Speedrun Timer – Which Timer to Use For Speedrunning?
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The Best Speedrun Timer – Which Timer to Use For Speedrunning?

I recall when I was getting ready for the very first speedrun I was super excited, but I quickly found myself not sure of which timer I should use for speedrunning. I found myself asking which timer is the absolute best for speedrunning? The simple answer is that there actually is an overall best speedrun timer. The most common timer used for speedrunning is LiveSplit. LiveSplit is a user-friendly timer program that includes features such as time comparisons, automated split colors, and various theme options. The timer accurately displays data to the hundredth of a second and includes a speedrun leaderboard integration. With that said, "best" is based on your situation and preferences. You will be best off with a timer unique to your setup and interests. In this article, we'll cover ...