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Hello TSC

May 4, 2015 - 7:09 PM
Did you miss me? :) I'm here takin over ur front page news cause I see a bunch of handwringing about dying, glory days, etc., and I've got a unique vantage point on that.

I founded TSC on the excitement of bringing people together to accomplish new and interesting things. TSC itself has no intrinsic value and never did. It's always been about people and what you accomplish.

In that spirit, I think it's good and right for people to move through cycles, even the community itself. There are wonderful things to learn and experience through a format like TSC, and there comes a time when you've experienced so many of them that it's more interesting to look outward to the next thing.

I don't visit here much anymore. I've been doing a lot of other things. Right now, I help people learn to make software, and more deeply, I help people learn what it means to think about their careers and their lives in a way that leads them to success.

So while I'm not here much anymore, perhaps you can see that I'm still acting in the same spirit that helped create TSC in the first place. This was my first shot at putting those principles into practice - community building, a crucible for achievement, fairness in competition, literal coding - and now I still spend most of my time thinking about those same things. I'm way better at them now. For me it's still glory days, perhaps more than ever.

Some unsolicited advice: go through the process of exploring and discovering what form of improving the world is deeply meaningful to you. This is hard work so don't underestimate it. If you find that what you really deeply want is for this whole sonic speedrunning thing to succeed, ask yourself and others how you can help make that happen. (As you can see, I chose that for awhile.) If you've got other ambitions, spend some time thinking about what those look like and how to pursue them.

And accept change. If you try to reject it, you'll only see the change that inevitably thrusts itself upon you, and that's usually not a nice kind. If you accept it, wonderful things can spring from it.

Do all this stuff, and you can make the glory days wherever you are.

- 2c from the critter formerly known as Rolken
8 comments , News Posted by (Rolken)

Administrator Title Change

April 29, 2015 - 11:15 PM
After much thought, I've decided to pass the torch of Head Admin on to the next person. I've been sliding out of touch with the speedrunning community as of late and haven't had the motivation to work with the site. I also don't have the knowledge of all 52 games and two DLC expansions on the site that I need to in order to separate valid BS calls from invalid ones nor do I have the power to fix some issues on the site. I don't get to see any of the social scene on TSC anymore, as it's moved off-site into smaller pockets in which I don't get involved unless called for. When I do get called for, it's typically not for good things; for example, I've recently watched old friends go at each other's throats over events tied to the site. All of this has been a bit much to deal with (and frankly makes me come off more than a bit whiny when all I experience is the negatives), so I think it's time that I give my title to people more willing to invest time into the site with a positive attitude.

As GerbilSoft currently has the most power on the site, he will carry the Head Admin title from here forward.

Thank you to everybody who's been pleasant and helpful during my time heading the site.
117 comments , News Posted by (Thorn)

New Sonic Adventure 2 charts

April 10, 2015 - 2:50 AM
We all know that speedruns that don't involve checkpoint abuse are, in general, way more impressive than those that do. For this reason, we are considering adding Mission 4 time charts to the rankings. We would allow submitting checkless Mission 1 times to said charts, as long as the player provides a video of the run. What do you think?

Anyway, let me seize this opportunity to try this new YouTube feature recently implemented...
24 comments , News Posted by (Zeupar)

Race Nights get revived... again

March 9, 2015 - 9:18 PM
Race Nights are returning this Saturday 14th March with not one, but three races! Here is a paste bin explaining how the new Race Nights will work and including the games list.

The first games raced will be Sonic Advance at 12 pm, Sonic Heroes at 4 pm and Sonic Generations at 7 pm (times shown here are EDT. Add 4 hours for GMT times). Please note that you will need to be in #sonic (server: irc.speedrunslive.com) at least one hour before the race starts, in order to help decide the goals for these games on race day.

For more information, either head over to #sonic on the SpeedRunsLive server or ask in this topic. If you don't know how to setup an IRC client or simply are a lazy bum, there is an easy alternative. Once you connect there, type /join #sonic and hit enter.

0 comments , News Posted by (Flying Fox)

Dreamcast Emulators Banned From Competition

March 5, 2015 - 10:37 PM
Due to findings presented here, we have no choice but to ban Dreamcast emulation from competition. With that in mind, know that it is simply not possible to sift through the rankings and identify all emulated statistics. If you know you used an emulator, please talk to us about having your statistics removed. We really do need to use the honor system here, and we appreciate everybody's cooperation.
1 comment , News Posted by (Thorn)
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