I am many things. Information Technology worker for a bank. Former Speedrunner of video games (A Google-provided list of my runs is here). Reviewer. One-time Game Designer

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May 25

Album Review- Yes: Time and a Word

Album: Time and a Word Year: 1970 The Lineup: Jon Anderson- Vocals Peter Banks- Guitar Bill Bruford- Drums Tony Kaye- Keyboards Chris Squire- Bass Have I Heard It Before: Except for the title track, no, though with a caveat: A few songs from this album appear on “The Word Is Live”, meaning I’ve technically heard …

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May 11

Ace of Space

So about a month ago, Radioactive Rat, a streamer who, among other things, runs the SNES game Space Ace on a pretty snazzy cart, was doing a 12-hour stream. Thinking myself clever, I told her that, according to Motörhead, “For a 12-hour stream, the only game you need is the Ace of Space.” I then …

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May 06

Ninja Gaiden II Speedrun Tournament Thoughts

Putting this here instead of a PasteBin because, what the heck, I’m paying for a website, I might as well use it. Some thoughts on the Swiss rounds of the recent Ninja Gaiden II speedrunning tourney: (A brief note that when I say “the tournament”, I mean “The Swiss portion of the tournament”. I’m aware …

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Jan 30

Speedrun HOT TAKES! Post-AGDQ2016 Edition

Disclaimers: This will jump from subject to subject. Also, a confession: The organization leading up to AGDQ 2016 rubbed me the wrong way to the point I watched a total of probably one minute of the actual marathon “live”. From what others have said, the event itself went very well despite the terrible organization leading …

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Jan 14

Album Review- Yes

Album: Yes Year: 1969 The Lineup: “John” Anderson- Vocals Peter Banks- Guitar Bill Bruford- Drums Tony Kaye- Keyboards Chris Squire- Bass Have I Heard It Before: No Ask a more “casual” Yes fan where to start with their catalog chronologically, and most will point you to 1971’s The Yes Album, their third. Reviewers tend to …

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Dec 29

Yes! Yes!

One of the items I received for Christmas was the Yes Studio Albums 1969-1987 Box Set. While I would say my musical taste was more-or-less fully-formed by the time I really “discovered” Yes in college, I do like a lot of the Yes that I’ve heard, and they were an important, if indirect, influence on …

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Aug 16

On Super Meat Boy as a Get Yourself Speedrunning Game

This past Saturday was the second SGDQ Get Yourself Speedrunning race. The game was Super Meat Boy, and this was only the second GYS race I’ve entered overall (The first was the post-AGDQ Link to the Past Master Sword race, which was also the largest Speed Runs Live race ever). I finished pretty solidly in …

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Jul 04

Why Do Speedrunners Say RNG Instead Of Luck? A Theory

On the speedrun subreddit, someone began constructing an “SGDQ Bingo” website, and asked for suggestions. There were two in particular I found amusing: A speedrunner says “RNG” instead of “luck”. That speedrunner then has to explain what “RNG” is, because they couldn’t just say “luck”. I’ll admit to being as guilty of this as any …

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Jun 14

The Future of Speedrunning and Streaming

Following up a bit on my previous post. One thing that’s important to clarify that informs a lot of where people fall in the debate on “What comes next” is “What constitutes ‘Square One’?” I define it as “Those streamers have absolutely no skills that are useful in a non-streaming(1) context”. As such, I obviously …

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Jun 09

On Life After Streaming Big

First, a disclaimer: I am someone who has tried and failed to Stream Big. This probably colors my thoughts on this issue. In any event, last night on Twitter, speedrunner Vorpal made a series of Twitter posts expressing concern for people trying to make a living off of streaming. It ended with