The Start of the Race

Initially, I had planned on learning something involving logic, or some other academic topic.  Then I realized that I could choose something more relaxing: speedrunning a game, specifically Super Mario World.  I used to play this game a lot in the past (it’s a wonderful distraction when writing a masters thesis) and got decently good at it.  However, it has been several years since I last picked it up, and I have forgotten a lot of what I used to know.

So, I’m going to learn to play better than I ever have before.  The plan is to compete in the “No Starworld” category, as I find that way of playing more interesting than “11 Exit” or “0 Exit” (as well as the fact that I don’t feel like measuring my time in the milliseconds).  My first goal will be to drop my time under an hour.  If I manage to do that, I can keep working to lower it further.

This is the sad state that I’m starting in:

It’s a long road from here, but the time ended up being better than expected.  Starting time: 1:01:35.


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