Narcissa Wright (born Cosmo Wright,[1] July 21, 1989) is an American speedrunner and co-founder[2][3] of the website SpeedRunsLive, which allows speedrunners to race with one another in real time.[4][5] She has previously held the records for the fastest completion of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the GameCube,[6][7] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the iQue Player,[8] Paper Mario on the Wii using Virtual Console, and Castlevania 64 on the Nintendo 64.

Narcissa Wright
Born
Cosmo Wright

(1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 30)
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
OccupationLivestreamer, speedrunner
Years active2006–2018

Wright has attended many notable charity speedrunning events, including Awesome Games Done Quick and DreamHack 2014.[9][10][11]

Early life

Wright was born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.[2] She later moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend Columbia College Chicago, where she studied graphic design. After graduating, she worked in freelance art and web design.[12]

Career

In 2006, Wright gained an interest in glitches and exploits used to complete games at faster times than their designers had intended. She started reading discussions about speedrunning games, at the Speed Demos Archive's forums. She soon began to speedrun games herself and spent hours practicing games, most notably The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Wright practiced both of the games for hours while streaming on her Twitch account, building up a large audience. In July 2014, Wright achieved the world record for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, completing the game in 18 minutes and 10 seconds. This run is one of the most famous speedruns of Ocarina of Time, partly due to Wright's video providing commentary and explanation on the methods used in the run which gained over a million views on Youtube.[13] The record stood for half a year when it was beaten by three seconds by Joel W. "Jodenstone" Ekman.[14] As Wright's popularity started to grow, she began to stream more games such as Paper Mario and Castlevania 64.[2]

In 2009, she and Daniel "Jiano" Hart together created the website SpeedRunsLive. The two aimed to create a "richly developed speedrunning racing platform" through an Internet Relay Chat community run by a Racebot. The website soon grew to host many speedrunners who live streamed through Twitch. Wright and many other members of SpeedRunsLive have attended various charitable events in the past hosted by Speed Demos Archive, most notably Awesome Games Done Quick. She has supported almost all of these events by running games during marathons.

Wright is also an accomplished Super Smash Bros. Melee player, having played Melee at EVO 2013 and 2014.[15]

In 2015, Wright was invited by Nintendo to attend the Nintendo World Championships along with fifteen other players.[16] She managed to reach the final round of the competition, where she competed with John Numbers to get as far as possible in a series of four Super Mario Maker levels. She placed second in the Championships after facing difficulty with a section of the final level, and received a New Nintendo 3DS XL signed by Shigeru Miyamoto for her efforts.[17]

Since 2015, her Twitch channel began to move away from a majority of speedrun content, with newer streams consisting mostly of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario Maker.

Wright came out as a transgender woman in November 2015 and began to transition, changing her name to Narcissa.[18] On April 7, 2016, she temporarily deleted her Twitch account, citing abuse and online criticism,[19] though it was reactivated on April 10.[20] Her Twitch account was suspended indefinitely in 2018 due to violations of the site's policies regarding nudity and sexual content.[21]

References

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6sW1n3mKB4#t=1m58s
  2. ^ a b c Li, Roland (January 9, 2014). "Making money as a Zelda speedrunner". Polygon. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "About SpeedRunsLive". SpeedRunsLive. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Ryan, Rigney (October 16, 2013). "For the World's Fastest Gamers, Failure Is Just One Bad Jump Away". Wired. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Patrick Howell O'Neill (December 23, 2013). "For Cosmo Wright, no game is too hard to beat in record speed". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Otero, Jose (October 4, 2013). "IGN editors talk about Link's amazing seafaring adventure". Nintendo Voice Chat. IGN. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Patricia (August 28, 2013). "Watch The Fastest Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Run In The World". Kotaku. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "New 'Ocarina of Time' speedrun record brings Cosmo Wright to tears". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Högström, Erik. "Gamefeed - Här är Cosmo Wright – världsmästaren i Zelda på Nintedo 64". Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Awesome Games Done Quick raises over a million dollars". Destructoid. January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (January 12, 2014). "Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 Raises Over One Million Dollars for Charity". NintendoLife. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  12. ^ Cosmo Wright. "Cosmo Wright". Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  13. ^ McWhertor, Michael (August 1, 2014). "Zelda speedrunner explains how it's possible to beat Ocarina of Time in 18 minutes". Polygon. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (January 3, 2015). "New Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Speed Run Record Set". Game Informer. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  15. ^ Melee introduction. YouTube. July 10, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  16. ^ Nintendo World Championships - Announcing More Details!. Nintendo. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  17. ^ Nintendo World Championships 2015. Nintendo. June 14, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  18. ^ Grayson, Nathan (January 11, 2016). "One of the World's Best Speedrunners Can't Speedrun Anymore". Kotaku.
  19. ^ Tamburro, Paul (April 8, 2016). "Deletes Account After Being Harassed Online". Crave Online.
  20. ^ Wright, Narcissa (April 10, 2016). "it seems my Twitch channel spontaneously reappeared". Archived from the original on April 19, 2016.
  21. ^ Klepek, Patrick (May 15, 2018). "One of Zelda's Greatest Speedrunners Was Just Banned From Twitch". Vice. Retrieved May 21, 2019.