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David Heath

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  1. One screen puzzles are the new Sunday crossword. This one took me about five hours; four last night, then another one this morning before the last bit clicked into place. It's a completely different kind of challenge as most of them don't require dextrous Mario skills at all. You just need to know a bit about how the items affect each other, how the enemies work, and work backwards from the goal as best as you can. And remember: nothing in the level is there unless it needs to be. It's actually incredibly relaxing just sitting down with some wine and working through the logic of each section slowly. 2C6 TYX XJF
  2. Superb, again. Had a genuine time of it working this one out the first time through.
  3. This is fantastic. Had a great back and forth for the world record with someone this evening on it as well. Here's what the current record looks like; I'm sure it'll be stolen back again soon!
  4. How do clear rates work? If I die on a course will I have lowered the clear rate forever? Or once I have finished the course will it discount the death and raise the clear rate again? Will it keep lowering the more I die? I can’t tell if the percentage is the percentage of attempts which are successful or the percentage of eventual players who are successful.
  5. I have played many thousands of hours of Mario in my life but this new edition has reunited my feud with the most demonic and ruthless enemy any human has ever faced.
  6. Its much worse he’s real.
  7. This whole thing has had such a great impact (and the soundtrack is nominated for an EMMY) so we're now releasing an official CD version on 2nd August.
  8. Sounds the same. The BB hitbox in 3D World is a nightmare. I also spent about 30 minutes attempting to slide down the top BB launcher to land on the lower one faster, or skipping the top BB entirely and trying to build enough momentum to make it over the spikes from the lower one, but without the twirl from NSMB it's not possible. Great level for working out fun optimisations, @Jamie John!
  9. I’ve now spent far too long getting to within 0.13 seconds of your world record on this Interesting to know if you’re using the same strategy as me.
  10. Not sure if this is helpful to anyone, but how I play this game sounds different to how everyone else does, so I thought it was worth sharing. Also bear in mind I have spent almost zero hours making course so far, so these ratios will change at some point in the future. I spend about 20% of the time on Endless mode. I have an actual endless run going on Easy and Normal (I'm about 80 courses deep on those with more lives than I'll ever lose), and then I flick between Expert and Super Expert for more interesting challenges. I've found that Super Expert can often be brilliant for finding great courses, and I'll skip those if they'll ruin my Endless run and return to them later to finish. I spend about 10% of the time on Story mode, because I want to progress the story, and it's a great way to learn new mechanics and course ideas and the creativity there is spectacular. I also spend about 10% of the time playing courses from here, and from other friends, and those are the World Records I chase most often. But the rest of the time I load up a bunch of people I watch on YouTube who I love watching. People like CarlSagan42 and Grand PooBear (and I am more than well aware that if you're not conditioned to these people in advance you'll hate their very cores as soon as you load a video). These guys are some of the best players in the world and they have people around them curating their level selections for them. Don't bother live streaming them. The YouTube content is where you'll get the best of what they've been doing on their Twitch profiles. What I'll do is load up one of their videos, which are often categorised so you can decide if you want troll courses, courses which are basic but have great ideas, glitch courses, or super hard courses, for example, and then, when the creator ID appears on screen I pause the video, play the course myself, and once I've finished I'll watch them play it. It works for me because the courses are always of a much higher quality than whatever random shit you'll find on the Internet, you'll learn a shit load because they'll force you to learn weird tech or new tricks, you'll improve your skills over time, and then after you're done you get to watch someone much better than you spend time learning the course the same way you did, fucking up in the same places, doing things slightly differently (better!?), and having a similar experience. For example, here is the section from Carl's video that I watched last night before I posted that Tweet. The ID comes up, I pause the video, I spend fucking ages beating the course, then I watch Carl beat it himself. After I was done I realised from Carl's stream that I did the bit with the side Thwomp and the conveyor belt wrong because I was supposed to go in front of the Thwomp, which would have made my life a lot easier, but that's all part of the fun, and I love the "reward" that comes with beating a hard course of watching someone else suffer the same fates. Dunno, maybe I'm just weird as hell and no one else does this. Perhaps it also helps that I'm the kind of person that will sit down for three hours with a single course making microscopic improvements until I can beat something, but my favourite thing is loading up a new stream knowing that I'll have five or six great new courses to get into that'll take up the next few hours, and I'll probably improve as a player by the end. No idea if that's helpful to anyone.
  11. Had a great evening playing all the levels from here. Then decided to slay myself with this.
  12. Some fantastic new levels added to the thread over the weekend. Great work everyone!
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