Competitive Typing: A new sport is born
We wanted to start this blog by answering two of the most important questions – why is typing a sport, and what makes TypeRacer so much fun? It turns out both questions are related – TypeRacer is so much fun precisely because typing is really a sport! Just like any athletic pursuit, typing is a skill that honors speed and accuracy, and just like physical fitness, it gets better with practice! And any human ability that fits this description absolutely demands competition! With TypeRacer you do just that – improve your typing while competing with others.
March 7 is no longer just the day Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone or Rob Roy‘s birthday – it shall go down in history as the day typing became a sport! On March 7, 2008, TypeRacer opened its doors to a group of users on Orkut. Within days, many of those early users had already finished hundreds of races each, in a contest to dominate their friends on their profile TypeRacer scoreboards. In the following weeks TypeRacer also launched an application on MySpace and Hi5, while in recent weeks people from all over the world have been discovering TypeRacer from articles throughout the blogosphere and social filtering sites like StumbleUpon. We began receiving lots of email from our users, and it became clear that we had to start this blog to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest features, which we’ve been releasing on almost a daily basis.
So while we get back to building those new features, we’d like to leave you with some links to those blog articles about TypeRacer. And, of course, we welcome your input! Do you agree that typing is similar to an athletic skill and should it be considered a sport? Do you think the creation of the world’s first multiplayer typing arena will revive interest in the classic genre of typing games, topped off by Typing of the Dead?
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