|Type of site||Multiplayer online game|
TypeRacer was launched by programmer Alex Epshteyn, working on his own, using the OpenSocial API and the Google Web Toolkit. Epshteyn was inspired by teaching himself to touch type with a shareware Windows program that lacked a multiplayer mode. He describes himself as not a hardcore gamer, and had never played other multiplayer typing games such as The Typing of the Dead. He has, however, since been contacted by a former Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing engineer, who expressed approval of TypeRacer. Epshteyn holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from UMass Amherst and was an intern at Google in 2005.
Site users compete by racing miniature cars that advance as the users type short passages that are 20 to 100 words long. Accuracy is required; any typing errors in words have to be fixed before continuing with the race. The typing passages come from popular songs, films and books, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Clockwork Orange, and Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!), and can be contributed by users. Some users that achieve typing speeds over 200 wpm have been suspected of being robots, or otherwise cheating, which TypeRacer has taken repeated measures to restrict. The protection is requiring users to do two races in a row every time they score above 120 words per minute, even for validated users of the site, and it's common for the second race to indicate false positives, removing valid scores from the TypeRacer chart.
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