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How to Practice Speedruns Efficiently – Beginner to Advanced
Guides, Speedruns

How to Practice Speedruns Efficiently – Beginner to Advanced

Hidden beneath every great speedrunning achievement, there lays a foundation of practice. Dozens, hundreds, sometimes even thousands of hours of practice. In order to grow as a speedrunner and evolve your gameplay, you'll need to practice. Practice, along with an analytical perspective and a curious mind, is one of the most important skills needed to reach that next level. Throughout this article, we will explore various tools and skills. You can implement these tips into your gameplay to become a more efficient learner and speedrunner. To practice speedrunning efficiently, use save states in emulators or Flash Carts. Get involved with the community to learn and share strategies or tips with one another. Watch the world record run and reference a TAS of the game. And, finally, be sure t...
How to Analyze Replays in League of Legends
Esports & Competitive, Guides

How to Analyze Replays in League of Legends

Watching your replays is one of the best ways to improve as a player. It allows you to easily identify your mistakes and can help strengthen your macro awareness. However, knowing how to effectively watch your replays and learn from them is a challenge in itself. Without the right approach, you can end up spending hours sifting through replay after replay, only to be no better off as a player from when you first started. In fact, the wrong approach can even make you a worse player. That’s why today, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to effectively spectate yourself and make the most out of your replays. These tips and techniques are sure to help, no matter your elo. To analyze replays in League of Legends, first, focus on your own mistakes rather than observing your teammat...
How to Stop Laptop From Overheating While Gaming
Gaming, Gaming Gear

How to Stop Laptop From Overheating While Gaming

Portable, slim, and packed with FPS-bestowing power, gaming laptops let you battle it out in your favorite virtual realms. And you can do it without being constrained to your desk. You can take your gaming setup anywhere and everywhere without feeling like you’re lugging around a power brick. But unfortunately, the laptop’s slim and compact design is a double-edged sword. It makes the device prone to overheating, especially when you’re putting the GPU and CPU under heavy load. Stuttering, thermal throttling, hardware damage – overheating can cause a whole host of problems. These problems will no doubt ruin your gameplay experience and affect the longevity of your laptop. A hot-to-the-touch chassis can even leave you with some serious thermal burns. To prevent your laptop from overhe...
How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends
Esports & Competitive, Gaming, Guides

How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends

Previously known as IP (Influence Points), Blue Essence (BE) is the main, in-game currency in League of Legends. Every single champion in League can be bought from the shop with BE. However, champion prices vary. Newly-released champions cost 7800 Blue Essence, while old champions cost as little as 450 BE. Aside from champions, Blue Essence can also be spent on rune pages, mastery tokens, and chromas during the Blue Essence Emporium. Today, we’ll cover all the different ways you can earn Blue Essence in League of Legends. We’ll then discuss the best strategies for earning BE fast.  Blue Essence can be earned by leveling up, completing missions, accumulating honor, and disenchanting unwanted champion shards. You can find out how much BE you currently own in the client. Look for the...
Best Microphones in 2022 – Budget and High-Quality Options
Gaming, Gaming Gear

Best Microphones in 2022 – Budget and High-Quality Options

Our world is constantly changing and evolving, and for once, we can see what we’re headed to. We’re moving to the digital world. Every form of communication is online. From chatting with friends, talking to teachers, to working from home. Online communication is a key part of our lives. Whether you want a microphone for livestreaming on Twitch, recording videos for Youtube, recording music, or just for conversation, you're going to need a nice microphone. Many people are curious if there is a best microphone to use in 2022. The answer is that the best all-around microphone to use in 2022 is the Blue Yeti. With 4.5 stars with over 25,000 ratings, the Blue Yeti is the best microphone to use for streaming, recording, and video conferences. It is high quality, durable, and will cover all of...
My Speedrun Got Rejected, Don’t Let it Happen to You
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My Speedrun Got Rejected, Don’t Let it Happen to You

Your hands are shaking, and your palms are sweating as you glance over at the splits. Seven seconds ahead. This is the run. Just a few more easy hits on the True Final Boss and it's going to be a new PB (personal best). You take the final swing with your ax and kill the boss, slamming your hand onto the space bar to end the split. You nervously look over to check the final time. After weeks of grinding it's finally over. A ten-second PB, enough to climb the leader boards, enough for a new world record. You're so happy, you can't wait to upload this run for your friends and community members to see. You hit the submit run button on SpeedRun.com and eagerly wait for it to be approved. A few days later you wake up and jump online to check the status of your run. You open the website and see...
7 TAS Videos You Need to Watch
Speedruns, TAS

7 TAS Videos You Need to Watch

What TAS Means (Tool-Assisted Speedrun) To launch things off, let's do a quick overview of what makes a TAS different from a normal speedrun. A TAS run uses special tools to manipulate the game in a way that is impossible for real-time speedrunners (RTA). A TAS has access to save states and frame-by-frame advancing or rewinding. This means that the TASer (the person who creates the TAS) can choose exactly which inputs to perform on every single frame of the game and use save states to go back and correct any mistakes. In a sense, this means a TAS run could be theoretically perfect. Every known strategy and trick is implemented to perfection. In short: A TAS is a Tool-Assisted Speedrun. TAS use save states, fast-forward, rewind, and any other tools available to showcase a perfect ...
The Trackmania Playoffs – Why You Want To Check It Out!
Esports & Competitive, Speedruns, Tournaments & Races

The Trackmania Playoffs – Why You Want To Check It Out!

The regular season of the Trackmania Grand League may have just ended, but now is the best time to start watching the event. The playoffs are right around the corner, and this guide will get you up to speed on Trackmania Esports even if you haven't watched the season or played the game. This league is one of the peaks of competitive speedrunning, and you don't want to miss out on the excitement of the final stretch. What is Trackmania? Trackmania is the world's most competitive racing game. The goal of the game is simple, drive as fast as you can to the finish line on any given track. After setting a time, it's placed into the leaderboards, automatically ranking everyone against each other. Players compete for their own personal bests, challenge the in-game medal system, or...
What is an Any% Speedrun?
Guides, Speedruns

What is an Any% Speedrun?

If you're a fan of video games, and have been around the internet a few times, you've more than likely heard of speedrunning. Speedrunning is the act of completing full games, individual levels, or particular tasks within video games in the shortest amount of time possible. It's quite common for people to look up speedruns of their favorite games, or of games they have just finished playing, to see them get absolutely torn apart by the world's top players. Others may be looking up speedruns because they want to get into speedrunning themselves. If you've done this, there's a good chance you've seen the term "Any%" in a video title, but what does it mean? In this article, we'll explain exactly what Any% means. In short: Any% in speedruns means to reach the end credits of a video game as f...
Audio Problems in OBS – Open Broadcaster Software (Solutions)
Speedruns

Audio Problems in OBS – Open Broadcaster Software (Solutions)

I've come across many audio issues over my years of helping Twitch streamers and Youtubers with setup and troubleshooting. It seems that audio is the cause of most technical issues when it comes to gaming, speedrunning, or general livestreaming. When searching around for answers, you're likely to find solutions to other problems, but then you'll have to exit out and rephrase your search. To avoid that, I wanted to create a comprehensive OBS audio issue guide for easy reference -- so here it is! This guide should help with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, or any other streaming and recording software. The steps will just be slightly different, but the same logic will still apply. When Only Viewers Can Hear Game Audio (Solution) In OBS or Streamlabs OBS, you ...