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TypeRacer adds a thousand quotes from classic literature and films – reaches 2,000+ quotes total!

Posted on January 16, 2017. Filed under: Stats, TypeRacer News |

Hi everyone,

Reading this old Reddit thread, and seeing the following comment, got me thinking.

[–]maelfyn -2 points 8 years ago

Game needs more quote variety. I think I was typing about ten different quotes. Averaged about 98 wpm

After reading this, I realized that an announcement about our progress on adding new, richer texts is long overdue. So, without further ado. . .

Typeracer Texts/Quotes – 2017 New Years Status Update

We’re starting to build up a regular cadence for adding new quotes. As of January 14 2017, we are at 2,058 quotes in the main universe, play.typeracer.com ! Of those, a total of ~1,500 new quotes have been added since Sep. 2016. Typeracer’s quote environment is the broadest, and freshest, it’s ever been.

If you’ve been racing much recently, you’ll have noticed the new quotes. Our newest batch has includes a selection of user submissions; as a reminder, you can always submit your favorite quotes using the “Contribute” link at the bottom of TypeRacer . (We will review it only if the submission is complete.) Thanks to everyone who has been submitting! Everyone has a part in defining what Typeracer becomes by submitting their favorite quotes, so if you have any ideas, be sure to submit them.

In addition, we’ve included loads of new quotes from classic films and books.  For example, we added the following quotes/sources in December:

Title Author # of texts
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 15
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 15
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky 15
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 15
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 15
Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell 15
Ulysses James Joyce 15
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 15
V for Vendetta James McTeigue 15
Moby Dick Herman Melville 15
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 15
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinback 15
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 15
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 15
The Aeneid Virgil 15
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 15
The Godfather: Part III Francis Ford Coppola 15
Hamlet Shakespear 10
The Odyssey Homer 10
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 10
The Iliad Homer 10
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 10
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky 10
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 10
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 10
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 10
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 10
The Trial Franz Kafka 10
The Arabian Nights Anonymous 10
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift 10
The Stranger Albert Camus 10
The Fault in Our Stars John Green 10
Citizen Kane Orson Welles 10
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Stanley Kubrick 10
The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola 10
The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola 10
The Wall Pink Floyd 5
Sawdust and Tinsel Ingmar Bergman 5
Economix Michael Goodwin 5
The Art of War Sun Tzu 5
The Backpacker’s Handbook Chris Townsend 5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling 5
Twilight Stephenie Meyer 5
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer 5
Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 5
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola 5
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera 2
Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery 2
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1

We also added both quotes from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s books (we kept it to 2 quotes per candidate!). I hope you enjoy all of these new quotes as much as I have. For me it’s been a learning experience being exposed to many of these classic works for the first time during a race. Does exposure to texts through a typing game translate into any kind of comprehension, spark any interest, or create any other value? I’ll leave that to the community to decide, but I’m optimistic, and look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

On the competitive side of things, the freshness of quotes has made the high scores on individual texts more accessible than they’ve been in years. Typeracer’s fastest typists haven’t been able to race on many of the new quotes, and some quotes have barely been raced at all. It’s fun to be among the first people to type a new quote, and as an added bonus, anyone who completes these quotes is bound to get on the high scores list for that quote.

Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

There are a lot of folks we need to thank for their contributions in helping us passing the 2,000 mark – you know who you are and thank you for everything. In particular, I’d like to thank Sean Wrona (arenasnow) who has given us much inspiration in terms of our vision for our texts.

Quick Tip – “Texts completed”

As a quick tip, you can track your progress in the quotes (i.e., how many of Typeracer’s total quotes you’ve completed at least 1 race on) with the “texts” metric on http://www.typeracerdata.com/leaders. It’s a fun way to track your progress, and you’ll know that as long as you’re racing, you’re making progress.

Interested in helping out? 

Anyone interested in helping us add more texts to Typeracer (selecting sources, entering texts into the system, reviewing texts, etc.), please email me david@typeracer.com or message me on your favorite typing game site.  We’d love to work with you.

Hope you enjoy the new texts, and know that we have a lot more coming in 2017. Let us know what kinds of quotes you want. Leave a comment on the blog, or stop by to discuss with us in the unofficial Typeracer Discord channel.

https://discordapp.com/invite/0ywHG3vVlLFli5tD/ (NSFW – not formally affiliated with Typeracer)

Thanks!

David (valikor)

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TypeRacer Championship 2017 launched!

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Contests, Guest Column, Stats, TypeRacer News, Universes |

Happy New Year

Hi All – Happy belated New Year! On behalf of Typeracer I’d like to introduce our first (but hopefully not last) guest author on this blog. Noah (licahfox) is an old-timer on the site, and truly a top-rate typist. Back in Aug. 2008, the first month that Typeracer supported user accounts, and thus the beginning of all our data, Noah was the #1 typist, with an average of 160 wpm during that month. He also had the highest single score (213 wpm), a huge 50-60wpm higher than his next competitor.

I recall being one of the best racers myself (my 128 wpm average put me in 6th place in this timeframe, and I was the second most winning typist (982 wins) — second only to Bob Bongloaded (bob_bongloaded), who had an impressive 2,000+ wins! Noah was always able to beat me, but at least with his being a professional organist, I was okay with that!

In any case, later in the post we’re going to introduce a new exciting feature. The dedication of Typeracer’s fan base over the years has been inspiring to me, and the fact that we have a chance to collaborate with an old Typeracer fan who’s been playing since the beginning is completely ‘yuge, and we’re happy to be working with Noah to introduce this new feature.  Let’s consider it Noah’s “Christmas present” to the Typeracer community – a engineering marvel for armchair software engineer Noah “Licahfox”, pulled off in all the spare time that he most certainly does not have.

It any case, since this “Christmas Present”, a new Typeracer contest format, is based on the Typeracerdata.com platform, we thought we’d announce Noah’s main TRData website here on our blog at the same time.

What is Typeracer Data?

Typeracerdata.com: It’s an awesome website for Typeracer fans and racers trying to track their progress. It’s also motivating, with statistics like “text bests” (the average of a user’s best race on each text). For me personally, this lets me view every race as an opportunity to beat my record on the individual text–regardless of how hard or easy it is–and effortlessly track my progress. This might help keep Typeracer fresh for some people. The rankings on the site are unofficial, since the database is incomplete by nature, but at least for the fastest typists, the data is largely complete and should be pretty accurate. And, the more the site is used, the more complete the data becomes!

The competition on Typeracer is heating up

One last thing I want to call-out before I turn you over to Noah is that I’m truly impressed with how the competitive environment on Typeracer has blossomed over the past 8 years. Noah had the fastest average in Aug. 2008 but is now #59! We now have racers such as “Typeracer Domination” Award-Winner Izzy (blade5468), Typeracer Hall-of-Fame 2016 nominee Fyda, Romanian typing legend Andrei “Why didn’t anyone nominate me?” Cristescu (kakarotto), upcoming Sean-Wrona-challenger Shazzy (treiderik)  are setting a very high bar, and it’s been a lot of fun racing with you guys in 2016 🙂

Here’s to 2017, and I shall pass you over to Noah. Anyone else interested in guest authoring can email me at david@typeracer.com, or message me on Typeracer. Thanks!

 David Pritts (valikor)

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Typeracer Championship 2017

By Guest author: Noah (licahfox)

 

Hi Typeracers,

We’ve launched a new competition called TypeRacer Championship 2017! Each month, the Championship Universe will contain a small number of texts, on which top typists will compete to see who can achieve the highest overall score;  We award prizes to those who rise to the top, both for the monthly competitions and also for the overall winners of 2017.

For the current session of January 2017, which runs through the end of the month, TypeRacer will offer prizes as follows:

  • First place: $50
  • Second through fifth place: One free premium account for a chosen username

Many racers have already enrolled in the first Championship round, which began earlier this month. Whether you want to compete for a prize, or simply see how far you can climb up the rankings, we encourage you to participate this month in TypeRacer Championship 2017!

TypeRacer Championship 2017 Official Site

Hope you enjoy it!

Noah (licahfox)

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