Apology Island: I’m Sorry for Cheating on Poptropica Speedruns

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Written by: Varsha Varkhedi

By crazytornado57
Poptropican Native

It’s been a really tough time for me, and I think I owe it to my fans to come clean about the rumors they’ve been hearing about me. My name is CrazyTornado57. Many of you may know me as the current world record holder in the now iconic Youtube video “NOT CLICKBAIT: Woah!!!!!! Look at this Super-Fast Poptropica Shark Fin Island Speedrunner!!!!!!!!” The title of Fastest Floating- Headed Poptropican is something that I hold very close to my heart. This achievement took so much of my blood, sweat, and childhood memories, and I feel as though I have been very open in sharing my experience training with all my fans.

There have been quite a few accusations against me circling around, and I just want to get ahead of the rumors and address everything. I will admit that during the most intense period of my life, I did receive external help to cope with the intense pressures of the speedrunning sport. I will be the first to admit, after some accusations, that I often had to look up Poptropica walkthroughs that had been uploaded to Youtube in 2011 in order to solve the island. And by often, I mean pretty much for every island. In my defense, these islands were super tough to figure out on my own, not to mention having to cross the entire island over and over in order to find the one piece of the puzzle takes way too long. If I wanted to cut down my time, especially with the sheer amount of loading screens the game has, I had to find creative ways to beat out the stiff competition of the high school and middle school leagues.

Of course, I know now that this type of behavior is completely inappropriate. I know this news may be hard for my fans to hear, but it’s important to me that I continue to be transparent. It saddens me to say this, but my best times on speedrun.com will be taken down, which will unfortnately leave a completely blank board. Now, there may be many attacks on my character during this difficult time, especially from those in the community who’ve seen me as a pillar of Poptropica, heartbroken at my so-called “lies.” But I need all my fans, whom I’ve affectionately dubbed “Crazy- Tornad-hoes57,” to stand by me and continue to support me, financially or otherwise. Mostly financially.

The opportunity to represent my country in such an important game is something so few get to do. I want you to know that I never meant to take advantage of you all. And for those of you who know me from my Twitch stream, you know that I love you guys, and I make sure to tell you that everytime you give me money. So, as long as you continue to do so, I promise to never betray that trust again. As I move past this difficult time, I will be suspending my new Twitch streams. I will still keep the old ones and gain revenue from the ads. No matter what people say, this is my choice. I am definitely not being kicked off the platform. I will take this time to hone my craft of click-and-dragging, item pack retrieval, and outfit changes. I promise I will be coming back stronger than ever. Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming speedrun comps for Steam- Punk Island!

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