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 21 Questions With... Linkruler
Posted by hb on October 9th, 2018 @10:50PM


Welcome to 21 Questions With #5.


In each entry, the spotlighted individual is asked a variety of quickfire questions about themselves. What's the story behind their username? What's their favourite video game? What do they really think about the community? These are just some of the potential questions, and hopefully you will get a satisfying insight into that member.


If you wish to be featured in a future instalment, there is a form at the bottom of this article. Any person in the Spelunky community can take part.



21 Questions With... Linkruler


What is your first name? Josh.


Where do you live? Colorado, USA.


What is your occupation? Student, part-time package handler.


Describe yourself in one sentence. I'm someone who has lots of dreams and goals, and I make every day a challenge to gain a little more self-improvement.


How did you come up with your username? As a kid, I was really enthralled by the Legend of Zelda series. I wanted to use the name 'Linkrules', but it was already taken. For some reason, I switched the ‘s’ to an ‘r’ to make it work (it kinda rolls off the tongue, so I find it a fun username).



Give an interesting fact about yourself. I got my first job at 16 and saved every penny from my first five months to build a nice computer rig (I first speedran Spelunky using a Hypercam on a failing 2008 Toshiba laptop).


Who was the first Spelunky streamer you remember watching? Pibonacci.


What is your favourite category? It kind of depends on the day. Any% is really fun to run with the teleporter when you know what you're doing (although it's very hard to finish). Low% is really satisfying to finish a run on, although it's very hard to get a good time with. All Shortcuts + Olmec is really fun tournament fuel, and the RTA component spices things up. If I had to choose one out of the three, it would probably be AS+O.



What is your proudest run or contribution? I don't necessarily feel like I have any crazy runs (personal bias), but I made it a goal to be supportive of the other runners when they got their goals or milestones. If my support helped give more runners confidence or motivation to keep playing for better times, then I couldn't ask for more.


What is your favourite part about the community? Everyone in the community is so supportive of each other. I remember when I first started streaming my speedrun attempts, I saw the names of big speedrunners in my chat giving me the encouragement to keep trying harder. That was the kind of community I wanted to be involved with. So much to the point that I still try and jump back into the Lunky community, even when I get really busy with school or work life.


Favourite video game? Recently, I really got into the Persona series (Persona 5 specifically) thanks to its mind-blowing visuals and gameplay. Definitely one of my favorites in the JRPG genre. For platformers, Hollow Knight has risen up as one of my favorites, mixing fun Metroidvania exploration with an interesting combat system.



Favourite Persona character? Man, choosing just one favorite character in Persona is probably one of the hardest choices for me to answer. I'd have to go with Yosuke Hanamura from Persona 4, though.


Yosuke is a transfer student, similarly to the main character you play. As you develop a friendship with him, you find that he has a lot of confidence issues and he hasn't been able to make a lot of friends due to a few factors out of his control. He constantly has to deal with people taking advantage of him, and when you develop a true friendship with him, you can see how much his character improves in both skill and confidence.


I relate to a lot about Yosuke, so watching his growth as a character was extra satisfying.



Favourite food? Homemade beef stew.


Favourite animal? Dogs > cats (fight me, Brut).


Favourite hobby? Programming/game design.


Favourite thing you’ve programmed? I still think it's fairly unimpressive, but my favorite programming accomplishment has to go to the game I developed for a high school competition in my senior year. Watching lines of code that I typed turn into something playable by others was an amazing feeling, and even more so when I could say I made it all by myself. The game isn’t anything spectacular, but I learned so much from programming it that I'm proud to let it be a part of my history. I also made it as a finalist at the state level, if any of you were curious.


[You can download the game here, although it might be glitchy in places!]


If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would love to have the superpower of fixing logic errors in programming before I compile what I've written. Life would be so much easier.



Describe your personality in three words. Kind, adaptive, experimental.


What is your perfect day out? Getting out of the house and spending the entire day with a group of friends. Going to a restaurant or walking around town adds optional enjoyment to it.


What is your most prized possession? The trust I've built with my closest friends.


Do you have a message you would like to give to the community? You guys rock! Seeing the community grow so much over the years has been awesome, and getting to take part in its growth helped make my sophomore and junior years of high school a lot more bearable. I hope everything keeps growing like this once Spelunky 2 hits!


Thank you for your time, Linkruler!


Interested in being featured? Fill out this form. If you have any questions, feel free to direct message me (hb#3495) on Discord.


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