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 21 Questions With... TheNitromeFan
Posted by hb on November 23rd, 2018 @06:28PM


Welcome to 21 Questions With #9.


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.


21 Questions With... TheNitromeFan


Where do you live? Seoul, South Korea.


What is your occupation? Full-time undergraduate student, majoring in mathematics and computer science.


How did you come up with your username? When I was young (back in 2006), I discovered an online flash game website/company called Nitrome. I deeply enjoyed the games they put out, as they were always consistently high-quality and kid-friendly. When I had to create a username for my YouTube handle, I picked "The Nitrome Fan" to indicate my love for the games. To this day I still use it.


What is your Discord avatar? The Nitrome Cuboy, official mascot of Nitrome.


Who was the first Spelunky streamer you remember watching? Bananasaurus Rex. I knew of him through another speed game of his, Portal 2, which he absolutely dominated as well. I was subscribed to his YouTube channel, and that's how I found out about Spelunky.


What is your favourite category? All Characters%.



Why is All Characters your favourite category? Several reasons. For one, I think it’s at an appropriate length (~1 hour), which makes it appealing to play without being tedious, while also having plenty of gameplay to be engaging. It’s also a category that’s easy to learn but hard to master, so there’s something to enjoy at all levels of experience. The necessary knowledge of the coffin spawns and how you need to plan your run depending on what coffins are left makes the category exciting to play.


Finally, there are surprisingly few elements of RNG that cost major amounts of time (compared to, say, All Journal Entries), so in theory any run could be a good run with perfect play, which is appealing to someone like me who is a bit of a perfectionist. I think the category is criminally underrated, and would certainly like to see more runners take a stab at it.


What is your proudest run? I'm fairly proud of my RTA runs, especially All Characters and All Shortcuts + Olmec.


What is it about RTA runs that you enjoy? For me, a large reason that Spelunky is so enjoyable to speedrun is that, being a randomizer, it forces you to make strategies and improvise under a time constraint. I think the RTA categories really shine in highlighting this aspect of Spelunky. Every RTA category has improvisation to varying degrees, and knowing that good strategic planning can make or break a run makes the categories fun to watch and very rewarding to play.


There’s also the fact that you see a timer ticking by as you play the game. There’s something to be said about categories like All Characters and All Achievements where you see the LiveSplit timer while you exit and restart the game multiple times.


What is your favourite part about the community? I like how it's always supportive and encouraging. I've been in many online communities, and this one is one of my favorites simply because of all the positivity.


Favourite video game? Ice Breaker (Nitrome game). [hb: TheNitromeFan previously did a My Favourite Games and picked Ice Breaker, Portal, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Link here.]



What was the first video game you remember playing? Having grown up during the era of online flash games (2006~2009), I have many fond memories of old Nitrome games. My very first game that could be considered a “video game” was a Nitrome game called “Scribble”. It’s a puzzle-platformer game where you draw lines to manipulate the environment to help ink-blots walk to their goal. Looking at it now, it has a very similar feel to Spelunky. Now I gotta play that game again for old times’ sake…


Favourite food? Spaghetti.


Cake or pie? The cake is a lie, so... pie?


Favourite hobby? Reading and learning about new and unfamiliar topics.


Describe your personality in three words. Analytical, optimistic, determined.


What is your main vice? My inability to read social cues.


What is your perfect day out? Going for a peaceful walk, then having a nice lunch out on a sunny day.


What is the last movie you cried at? Inside Out.



If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to read minds. It would simplify a lot of facets of life.


What would you use the ability to read minds for? Mainly, I would use it to be able to understand a person’s feelings. I have a mental disorder that, among other things, makes it difficult for me to gauge other people’s emotions when engaging in conversation, which has often led to conflict. The ability would help immensely in this regard.

Do you have a message you would like to give to the community? Thanks for all of the support you've given me for the past years, and although I'm more of the silent lurker type I do appreciate all of the contributions by the members and those trying to tie the community together. I love you all .


Thank you for your time, TheNitromeFan!


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