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How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware
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How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware

At some point, in 2015, after years of watching speedruns, I found a game that I truly wanted to speedrun. I went through a lot of headaches and confusion when getting started up, so I figure I'll save you some trouble. I'll first start off covering the details on a surface level, and then if you need any extra details of how to speedrun, you can keep reading. I hope this guide works as both a quick speedrun checklist, and a thorough enough guide that you'll be able to refer back to it when you're looking into more advanced approaches. I personally believe the best way to start speedrunning is to not overthink it. As a quick guide for beginners to jump in and get started, here's the general overview of the steps you will need to take. How to Start Speedrunning 1. Choose a game 2. Watch ...
What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained
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What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained

Speedrunning has been around for decades now, but gamers have given it a recent surge in popularity. Lots of people who aren't familiar with video games are asking, "What is speedrunning? What's a speedrun? Why is it so, so popular?" At face value, speedrunning can be summed up quite easily. This is what speedrunning is: Speedrunning is the act of beating a video game, or segment of a game, as quickly as possible while adhering to a set of rules which have been established by the game's individual community. Speedruns makes use of leaderboards to track who holds the fastest times for different categories such as Any%, 100%, and other various rulesets. But it's more than that. It's hard work, practice, grit, consistency, strategy, technique, technical knowledge, risk, luck, com...
How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun: The iCarly Blow Up – A Case Study
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How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun: The iCarly Blow Up – A Case Study

Okay, maybe "blow up" is a bit strong. But 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. So, what’s a speedgame 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 themsel...
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. What you will first need to have is an item from the Ancient Basic. Though you may already kno...
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

As someone who has personal experience speedrunning two games which nobody else has ever ran, I am going to give you my advice for creating your own speedruns from a game without any runs. 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, assuming you're here because you would like some insight. If you would like to learn how to start speedrunning, in general, this will be a better place to start: How to Start Speedrunning: A Beginner's Guide. (Coming soon) Or if you are looking to create a new speedrun category for a game which already exists, this is going to be your launch zone: How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s Guide First off, I want ...
How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s Guide
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How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s 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 which 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. 1. Choose a game you love The most common answer is "Just speedrun the game you enjoy playing the most!", but this isn't always the best option. I certainly agree, the most important factor when choosing your first speedrun game will be choosing a game you love and can enjoy playing over and over. My favorite game has always been The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (DX to be specific). However, I quickly learned that this is not my style of ...
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 ...