SpeedRunner

This is my story of how I decided to become a SpeedRunner. First off, what is a speedrunner? A speedrunner is someone who tries to beat videogames as fast as possible, most of the time using glitches and time saving tricks. In late July, 2013, I found out about this famous speedrunner by the name of Cosmo Wright. He held the world record for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and TLoZ: The Wind Waker. He also was the founder of the website, SpeedRunsLive.com. One day, after one of his live streams of him running Ocarina of Time, I went onto SpeedRunsLive to check out who else was speedrunning Zelda games. I happened to notice someone by the name of Pheenoh speedrunning The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Twilight Princess is my favorite game ever so I decided to watch him for awhile. I watched for weeks as he beat the game in just 3 hours compared to me beating it in 20+ hours. I wanted to learn to speedrun Twilight Princess, but I kept deciding against it. Mostly because all these people have the time to practice the game over and over and the money to buy equipment for livestreaming. Whereas I dont have nearly enough time for a 6 hour run everyday.

One day In August though, I read something at the bottom of the SRL FaQ page. It said, “There are players of all skill levels on SRL. It is better to actually try than to sit back and make excuses. Give it a try!” I decided there that I wanted to try speedrunning games even if I’m completely terrible and can’t do it that often. So I first created my route. A route is basically a guide to exactly what you plan on doing in your speedrun. Then, I created my splits. Splits are just timestamps of when you did a certain thing or got a certain item. They are optional but I like using them to see if I’ve improved. Then, I started practicing for hours a day since it was still summer. On August 27th, 2013, I did my first full speedrun of TLoZ: Twilight Princess. My time was 6:49:21. When I finished, I felt awesome. I loved every second of that run. But, unfortunately, that was the last one I could do before getting started with school. So now what? Well, on the weekends and after school on weekdays, I have been practicing and coming up with ways to significantly improve my time. On October 4th, a charity marathon called Zeldathon will be happening. That same day I plan to do my next run with a goal of 6:20:00 in mind. After that, my next run will probably not be until winter break. Even though I have all these setbacks making it harder for me to speedrun, I still plan to speedrun for a long while, getting much better as I go. Maybe someday I will have the time and money to get really good. Speedrunning isn’t about getting world records, or getting famous. It’s about having fun playing your favorite game, and making friends in the community at the same time. I feel this applies to many things. Do or try something because you find it fun, not because someone else wants you to or because you want to be the best at it.

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Joshua Higley

Joshua Higley

I am 14 years old, and in homeschool because of my severe social anxiety. I currently am teaching myself how to do web development. When I’m not at school or learning to code, I watch anime, Speed run live streams, and Youtube videos, while also browsing Reddit, Twitter and SRL. I also speed run The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I livestream at Twitch.tv/JSHigley13.

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  • Sara Taylor

    This is awesome, Joshua!
    I’m so excited that you’re writing for Potluck 🙂

  • Sara Taylor

    Can you link to your YouTube channel? I would like to see you speed run.