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At least it will sound like I'm furiously busy as I fritter away the rest of the afternoon racing. TypeRacing!
posted by BoatMeme (90 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite

 
I made a typo and then didn't correct it for a couple of seconds, and I STILL won? Plus I type with four fingers. AMATEURS.
posted by chrominance at 12:53 PM on April 24, 2008


I took my first race with 102wpm. Yay me.

However, the leaderboard suggests there might be a bug/cheat...
1 Ulhas Math 1052 wpm Apr 24, 2008 12:35:57 PM
2 Ulhas Math 618 wpm Apr 24, 2008 12:32:15 PM
3 Race Me 263 wpm Apr 24, 2008 12:16:35 PM
posted by davejay at 12:55 PM on April 24, 2008


That's far more fun than it has any right to be.
posted by peacheater at 12:55 PM on April 24, 2008


No cheat. The 618 wpm is me, and I type with my tongue and elbows. You guys can't beat that? What a bunch of hacks.
posted by nosila at 12:57 PM on April 24, 2008


84 wpm, and now I'm addicted.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:59 PM on April 24, 2008


EXCELLENT. What a fabulous time waster.
posted by samthemander at 1:02 PM on April 24, 2008


No cheat -- I type so fast that I actually started typing this comment tomorrow.

Regards,
Ulhas Math
posted by inigo2 at 1:04 PM on April 24, 2008


It's interesting that I can pound out the Star Wars lines at 78 wpm, but I stumble all over the Nadsat from Clockwork Orange and can barely manage 60 wpm.
posted by BoatMeme at 1:05 PM on April 24, 2008


A mere 72 wpm, and THIS IS THE GAME I HAVE WAITED MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR.
posted by Shepherd at 1:06 PM on April 24, 2008


I AM GOOD AT SOMETHING!!!
posted by odasaku at 1:10 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Holy cow, that's fun!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:10 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of that old Dreamcast game "The Typing of the Dead" [in which you kill zombies by typing at them]. I believe you can get it for the PC now.
posted by Commander Rachek at 1:11 PM on April 24, 2008


I just want to say that I fucked skorgu UP at the pulp fiction race. boozeparade ftw!
posted by shmegegge at 1:11 PM on April 24, 2008


YOU ARE ALL GOING DOWN
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:13 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bah! I got fucking pwned by a single typo that I didn't notice and kept going for half a fucking line. It's bad when I can type faster than my javascript can update.
posted by Skorgu at 1:14 PM on April 24, 2008


Boozeparade, you call that typing? My cat can bash out Blade Runner quotes faster than you can.
posted by Skorgu at 1:15 PM on April 24, 2008


GOING DOWN SKORGU
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:16 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


I learned to type, back in the day, on a typewriter rather than newfangled computer screens with kerned fonts. Which means, I have the habit of hitting the spacebar twice after each period burned into my brain--which here means the equivalent of randomly spasming and yanking on the emergency brake.

As I mentioned to a friend, "Not as good as blowing off chunks of gory gibby rotting zombieflesh by typing at your foes, but then again, what is?" Still neat.
posted by Drastic at 1:16 PM on April 24, 2008


I'm pretty sure I just beat ThePinkSuperhero and Plutor.
posted by knave at 1:16 PM on April 24, 2008


NOBODY BEATS ME
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:17 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Or a different Logan, perhaps.
posted by knave at 1:17 PM on April 24, 2008


ENTER YOUR NAMES COWARDS
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:17 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Zomg TPS, the bell tolls for my dyslexia!
posted by Skorgu at 1:17 PM on April 24, 2008


After 14 games, a top speed of 96 wpm and an average of 74 wpm, which tells me that my typing's getting slower.

Fun.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 1:18 PM on April 24, 2008


Must close window before this game consumes my whole day.

I'll be back!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:20 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Which means, I have the habit of hitting the spacebar twice after each period burned into my brain--which here means the equivalent of randomly spasming and yanking on the emergency brake.

Me too. It's got to be a handicap, because I know I type faster than 85wpm.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:23 PM on April 24, 2008


I'm only averaging 45-50...

I don't recognize anybody from here there...
posted by schyler523 at 1:24 PM on April 24, 2008


knave just kicked my arse. In my defence, typing words with the American spelling is hard!

/from the UK
posted by Lotto at 1:25 PM on April 24, 2008


fun!
posted by cashman at 1:26 PM on April 24, 2008


Hrmm. Can you cheat by cutting and pasting?
posted by BoatMeme at 1:26 PM on April 24, 2008


F@#$%, I just got smoked by someone named hawkeye - 1-1
posted by cashman at 1:28 PM on April 24, 2008


We need to have some big battle royal. Some kind of universal timepiece and an acknowledged time to hit start. Granted I'll lose, but that would be kind of insanely fun.
posted by cashman at 1:29 PM on April 24, 2008


In other news, guess what the site has? That's right, a pink car!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:31 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


I've had too much caffeine to keep playing this. It's pretty rad, though.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:35 PM on April 24, 2008


Christ the punctuation just does me in.
posted by Skorgu at 1:36 PM on April 24, 2008


In other news, guess what the site has? That's right, a pink car!

I was that pink car once, and I instantly thought of your question. Good times.
posted by knave at 1:37 PM on April 24, 2008


Hmm, I consistently get around 80 words per minute. I too have trouble with double spacing after full stops.
posted by knapah at 1:39 PM on April 24, 2008


Sweeet.
posted by odinsdream at 1:40 PM on April 24, 2008


Bah. I know I *can* type faster, but I find myself reading the words and trying to remember what movie they're from instead of paying attention! Fun, and addictive. Now I want to find that zombie game.
posted by misha at 1:42 PM on April 24, 2008


My consistent 85 wpm has never seemed more pathetic.
posted by saladin at 1:43 PM on April 24, 2008


Annnnnnnnnnd I'm sweating.
posted by saladin at 1:44 PM on April 24, 2008


I'm typing on a Quebec French keyboard and the &?%$ different placement of punctuation marks is punking me a bit. Plus the fact that there are CARS RACING ON THE SCREEN is impeding my ability to play at work.
posted by Shepherd at 1:44 PM on April 24, 2008


I type too fast for this thing. It takes forever to realize I'm done.
posted by timory at 1:50 PM on April 24, 2008


My consistent 85 wpm has never seemed more pathetic.

I hear you.
posted by Shepherd at 1:52 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


18. EIGHTEEN fucking words per minute. Why must this game mock the frustrating problem I'm having with my keyboard/computer. Boo for random characters popping up when I type quickly.

That aside, this seems totally awesome. Dammit, now I want to play typing of the dead again.
posted by Stunt at 1:54 PM on April 24, 2008


I just beat muddgirl! Ha!
posted by grouse at 1:55 PM on April 24, 2008


Hooray for "And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
posted by WalterMitty at 2:00 PM on April 24, 2008


I'm unbeaten but have only been getting 70-80wpm. I guess all the kids trained by instant messaging are getting thrown by the complete words and punctuation.
posted by Gary at 2:01 PM on April 24, 2008


Incidentally - I use TextExpander, and it works normally - i.e. "teh" is corrected to "the". And the Racer thing accepts it. So it's not entirely foolproof.

Just sayin'. The answer is blowin' in the wind.
posted by WalterMitty at 2:01 PM on April 24, 2008


I'm extremely happy with my 68 wpm.
posted by Stewriffic at 2:01 PM on April 24, 2008


I am terrible at this game. And I spend 40+ in front of a computer. What does this mean?
posted by bastionofsanity at 2:12 PM on April 24, 2008


MAVIS BEAVON PWNS!11
posted by proj08 at 2:19 PM on April 24, 2008


Hot damn, I thought that "Confortably Numb" race would never end.
posted by brain_drain at 2:22 PM on April 24, 2008


Why was this game not around when I was still working at HQ?

There, it would have been a great way to burn off some steam for a few minutes while sounding busy. Now, it's just the sad clacking of someone pretending they have free time when they know good and well the only schedule they're killing is their own. :(

(great game - so glad you linked it! now to go get ahead so I can spend time on this thing...)
posted by batmonkey at 2:23 PM on April 24, 2008


Today I have learned that I am absolutely terrible at typing when the words I'm trying to type bold themselves one at a time and then disappear. My kingdom for a paragraph in full view before me.
posted by lauranesson at 2:26 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Getting mess ups because I'll keep typing and the friggin entry field keeps hanging up and screwing me over is totally the greatest thing ever.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 2:26 PM on April 24, 2008


73 wpm. I suck.

But I got a quote from Blade Runner.
posted by Brian Puccio at 2:41 PM on April 24, 2008


heh. pretty neat.
posted by Perplexity at 2:43 PM on April 24, 2008


Great. Now I'll never get any work done!
posted by blithely at 2:47 PM on April 24, 2008


Not so good with my laptop keyboard. Will try again tomorrow from work. Good fun though.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:50 PM on April 24, 2008


"Let's sort the buyers from the spiers, the"

I just like loading it up, and reading the target sentence. Nothing more. Great post.
posted by tawny at 2:55 PM on April 24, 2008


Couldn't resist the next example:
"I know that you weren't bored that day"
posted by tawny at 2:56 PM on April 24, 2008


Brownpau is that you?
posted by pantsrobot at 2:58 PM on April 24, 2008


Hmm. I did 11 races, averaging 88WPM, with a high not much over 90. But then a text I knew well came up (Mr. Tambourine Man), and I hit 101WPM. Glorious victory.
posted by Perplexity at 3:00 PM on April 24, 2008


Yeah, I think that was me you creamed in the Tambourine man one. I was "GREEN DOO" or something like that.
posted by cashman at 3:01 PM on April 24, 2008


Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Oh the memories! She clearly didn't teach me much, I still suck at this game.
posted by iso_bars at 3:01 PM on April 24, 2008


That's quite addictive. Though I vary wildly between about 75 wpm and about 120wpm, depending on the difficulty of the quotes. I too sometimes get too caught up in reading the quotes and my typing suffers for it.
posted by Lafe at 3:04 PM on April 24, 2008


Having said that, I just cruised to victory on 58wpm beating second place 45. Mainly thanks to an excellent Lock Stock quote that I knew pretty well anyway.

What’re you doing when you’re not buying stereos Nick? Finance revolutions?
posted by iso_bars at 3:06 PM on April 24, 2008


I type pretty fast at 70wpm. I don't even see how it's possible to type faster
posted by empath at 3:24 PM on April 24, 2008


I averaged around 97 after about a dozen races. It's too bad you can't make custom rooms so we could do a MeFi showdown.
posted by abcde at 3:27 PM on April 24, 2008


Best game ever.
posted by cholly at 3:28 PM on April 24, 2008


Shortest verse in this thread: Heyho wept.
posted by heyho at 3:30 PM on April 24, 2008


Damn, lack of ability in touch typing...
posted by cholly at 3:32 PM on April 24, 2008


Hovering around 70 wpm, but maybe this game can help me out where years of AIM, typing class, and Typer Shark have failed.

iso_bars! Mavis Beacon! Oh my god! Nostalgia!
posted by mayfly wake at 4:25 PM on April 24, 2008


So far, I've learned I can't spell consciousness for the life of me.
posted by flatluigi at 4:29 PM on April 24, 2008


I am kickass at Typer Shark, and I sucked at this one. Too many mojitos, and I'm not getting paid to be accurate, so there. I used to type 70 wpm on an IBM Selectric and thank holy effing mother of god jesus and everything else that's good in the world that I don't have to do this for a living anymore!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 4:29 PM on April 24, 2008


That's great. I'm feeling particular groggy this morning and I'm away from my normal keyboard, typing at my office laptop. So I really suck. But what a great way to wake up. Thanks for that.
posted by zardoz at 4:51 PM on April 24, 2008


That was real clever, BoatMeme, linking directly to the "start a game" page and all. We were all like, "Hmmm, what is this strange site? A leaderboard, it looks like. Some cars and a stoplight, and a countdown and OH SHIT OH SHIT NO TIME NO TIME TYPE TYPE TYPE TYPE CLACKETY CLACKCLACKCLACK
posted by Rhaomi at 4:53 PM on April 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


No, no! I must work on my article! Or my lecture! Or write discussion questions for Picnic at Hanging Rock!

*is drawn into game, struggling fiercely all the way...*
posted by thomas j wise at 5:07 PM on April 24, 2008


Also, I really don't like how they handle typos in the game. They don't seem to alert you to mistakes until you try to go on to the next word, making you waste type backspacing longer words to correct errors made at the beginning of them. Also, there's some weird hiccup when making a mistake between two words separated by a comma or period. I'm not sure what the problem is, exactly, but I keep having to backspace and retype multiple times to get it to move on.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:19 PM on April 24, 2008


I topped out at 110 wpm on quotes from Pulp Fiction & Snatch. The Clockwork Orange quote consistently screwed me; the list of uncommon words was too much ("hoodlum"? Really?). It's a shame the top 10 is mostly hacked; I'd like to see how I really shape up.

Where's the 10 key version?
posted by lilac girl at 9:05 PM on April 24, 2008


Sorry, I broke it. Too fast.
posted by NortonDC at 9:46 PM on April 24, 2008


Managed high 60s a few times, but averaging mid 50s. The ones with lots of apostrophes really mess me up.
posted by juv3nal at 10:17 PM on April 24, 2008


107 top, 68 low, average of about 95 or so. And that's using about 5 fingers actively.
posted by flippant at 5:43 AM on April 25, 2008


my god it is so addictive.
posted by zach4000 at 10:27 AM on April 25, 2008


Blargh. I was employed for awhile largely for my typing skills, but I rarely top 100wpm on this thing.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:58 PM on April 25, 2008


Who types whole words anymore? autocomplete is your friend. I think I program too much.
posted by captaincrouton at 6:58 PM on April 25, 2008


FUCK YEAH BITCHES, 136 WPM, #1 RECENT HIGH SCORE, HOBBLE ON BACK TO THE ASSISTED LIVING CENTER YOU HYPOTHERMIC BANANA-SLUG SLOTH-FINGERED FLINTSTONE-CAR SUGAR-COMA HIPPIES!!!

wait, where is everybody

aw man

*crickets*
posted by granted at 11:35 PM on April 26, 2008


Screenshot
posted by granted at 12:04 AM on April 27, 2008


This is the most exciting Saturday night I've had in awhile!







I hate myself.
posted by granted at 12:06 AM on April 27, 2008


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