Speedrun (v): To play through a video game as quickly as possible, taking advantage of any shortcuts and manipulating game mechanics in unusual or unexpected ways.
Speedrunning is all about utter simplicity and finding ways to hack the game mechanics. By hacking, I don’t mean actually changing the code of the game using something like a Game Genie. But the great speedrunners are able to shave fractions of a second off of their time by understanding how sprites activate and finding ways to meddle with the built in random number generators.
I watched a speedrun of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link recently, and it occurred to me that I had played it all wrong as a kid. I had built a set of rules in my mind that I thought I needed to play under, making the game more difficult than necessary.
Watching player run from most enemy encounters in Zelda II, rather than fighting through them, made me think: why did I engage so many of these enemies?
This image was burned into my retinas as a kid.
We do this with life, too.
I think it comes from early play as children, learning to make and enforce rules in games, usually because the object is to make the game “fair”.
I think we do that because of an innate desire for justice combined with wanting to play games as long as possible. Lopsided competitions aren’t very fun, so we eliminate tactics that seem “cheap” as kids.
And we continue doing that in life.
I often fight enemies I don’t need to. One example: taxes. Living in California means I have both a high cost of living as well as high taxes. I can, however, reduce my taxable income by maxing out my 401(k), which is maybe not as exciting as picking stocks, but results in the government taking less of my money every paycheck. Putting as much money as possible into my 401(k) is one hack that results in an instant boost to net worth (at the cost of less free cash). Contribution matching is also an easy hack.
But it took me longer to actually do this than it should have. I was making my life harder than necessary.
In the crypto world, once I realized Steem Power could be delegated, I saw it as a sort of cheat code that I could use to steadily increase my returns. While the price of Steem has fallen with the overall cryptocurrency market, I’ve been able to increase my holdings of Steem. I’ve also sold some Steem and put it towards other projects I’m interested in, making Steem a capital generator. This is how I expect many on Steem to act, and it is the return on Steem powered up that will draw in more speculators.
When looking at life as if I’m hacking/speedrunning a game, I realize that I often say “no” for silly reasons. And yet, those reasons are often based on arbitrary rules I made up that have no basis in virtue: it seems like a “cheap” way to win, and therefore it must be wrong somehow.
But that’s not necessarily the case. While it is important to have an alarm bell in your head when you hear “easy money”, you should also discern when that money is actually easy to make, and when it may result in ill gotten gains.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology are creating new ways to make money online, and some of those ways aren’t terribly difficult…especially if you already have an online presence (YouTube, WordPress, etc). Steem is the cheat code I’ve been most successful with; Brave Publishing is another one.
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Overly exuberant investors and speculators desperately want you to use their platforms right now. It’s time to use this cheat code to speed run your way to some easy money.