Beat Saber Tips

Bear Saber is a VR rhythm game with lightsabers. I’ve played it some casually and wrote up a few tips that might help others who want to play.

General tips:

Slow down in practice mode!

Lower the speed on a level in practice mode until you can get Full Combo. Raise the speed in 5% increments. This approach is beneficial whether you’re a total newbie or trying to clear an expert level at 200% speed.

One concrete way slowing down helps is by making it easier to see what the cause of you missing some particular sequence is.

Speed up in practice mode!

Though it may sound counterintuitive, sometimes speeding up the level some can help your gameplay. Dealing with the level at a faster speed can be beneficial in various ways. You might learn to deal with the level at a faster speed which will then make slower speeds seem easier. You might do more efficient/economical swings out of necessity and have that carry over to you doing slower runs of the level. It’s definitely something worth trying.

Adjust the room settings

Beat Saber lets you configure the room settings in Settings -> Room Adjust. This lets you do stuff like set the VR “floor” higher, which may make low-flying blocks easier to hit, especially if you have problems bending down quickly.

Try different controller grips.

Play around with different grip styles and see if one seems better. Note that if you’re trying a different grip, even if it’s overall better, you’ll suck at it the first time you use it. You have to give it a real trial in order to judge it.
Some Vive grips:
Some RIFT grips:

If you’re struggling with a particular part:

Focus on one color at a time.

Try focusing on one color of blocks and putting the other on mental “autopilot” if you can. It makes sense to focus on the blocks you’re having troubling with. For example, if you keep missing the red blocks (or more red than blue) on some sequence, try to hit the blue blocks without paying much attention to them. Instead, focus your visual/mental attention on the red blocks as completely as you can, and try to get those perfect.

Use practice mode to go over a particular section.

Use the practice mode and go over that particular block sequence until you master it. If you mess up the sequence pretty regularly, I recommend doing the sequence perfectly at least five times before trying the full level again.

You can combine slowing down and going over a particular section in practice mode. E.g. you could try down the final section of a level only at 75% speed.

Applying some of the advice above with an example technique issue.

Suppose you have a 4 block sequence. First a red down, then a blue down, then a red up, then a blue up. The red and blue blocks are spaced just ever so slightly apart in rapid succession.

In that situation, if you are messing up the sequence, the issue might be that you are swinging your red and blue sabers at the same time instead of waiting a tiny bit between the red and blue blocks.

You might not even realize this is an issue unless you slow down the level enough to figure out what the problem is.

If that particular block sequence is not right at the beginning, it would be inefficient to keep starting the level again just to play through that part. It is much better to start at that specific sequence in practice mode.

You can try a different, tighter grip. It may give you the extra control necessary to time your saber movements more precisely.

You can try just focusing on the red blocks in the sequence and hitting those every time 5 times in a row, and then doing the same with the blue blocks, and then seeing if you can do both. This process can be easier if you turn on No Fail mode.

For this specific problem, you can also try holding the sabers at different lengths from your body (e.g. red saber further away, since red comes first) and see if that physical change helps.

The Failure of the “New Economics” Chapter 2 Mindmaps

Some MindMaps made in MindNode of my interpretation of the content of chapter 2 of Henry Hazlitt’s “The Failure of the ‘New Economics'”.

My organization is based around what I thought made sense — I don’t follow Hazlitt’s organization of the chapter strictly. Any errors in interpretation are of course my own.

Hazlitt does some big picture criticisms of Keynes PDF

Keynes on Involuntary Unemployment PDF

Keynes vs. “the classical theory” PDF

Keynes wants to disprove that the most frequent cause of unemployment is excessive wage rates PDF