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Accuracy Matters

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A frequent question raised on the TypeRacer Forum is how to best improve your typing speed.  The typing masters all agree that improving your accuracy is the best way to improve your WPM.  I’m happy to say that we’ve developed a training tool that might help – today we’re launching a new parallel TypeRacer Universe called Instant Death Mode.  As you might remember from this post, different parallel universes let you try things that you wouldn’t normally find on the main site, all without impacting the scores on your primary account.  We already have universes for typing in other languages but now there is a universe that will have you racing under a different set of rules!

Try the new Instant Death Mode by going to http://typeracer.com/universe/accuracy

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As you might have guessed, this parallel TypeRacer Universe is all about accuracy, to the extent that it doesn’t allow you to make any mistakes.  You will notice that a single typo will kick you out of the race.  Give it a try for a few hours and then watch your typing speed improve when you go back to standard racing.  I must warn you though, the Instant Death Mode will challenge even the most seasoned veterans – expect to be demoted to Beginner until you gain some practice (don’t worry, the skill level and scores on your primary account will not be affected by this).

You will find other improvements in this release as well.  As a first step toward letting you personalize your TypeRacer experience, I’m happy to say that you can finally you edit your account info.  You can change everything including your first name, last name, email address, and password by clicking on the edit icon () next to the Sign Out link.  Your username, however, is your permanent identity on the site, and, as such, cannot be changed.

As always, this release includes numerous bug fixes, quirk fixes (the Opera browser is now officially supported!) and new texts.  Check it out then leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to see in the next release!

Update:  If you’re looking for something fun to do, create a private racetrack in Instant Death Mode, invite your friends, and then watch them (and yourself!) dropping like flies from each race 😀  That’s how some of us have spent a good chunk of today!

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