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Speedrunners accomplish absolutely amazing things in games and bend the experiences to their will. Completing 60-hour games in just 20 minutes is possible through expert button-presses and an unbelievably deep understanding of a game’s mechanics and timing, and it’s always extremely interesting to see. That said, even the mighty speedrunner can’t match the speed and skill of a well-programmed machine.
One of these programs is the TASBot, short for Tool-Assisted Speedrun bot. This bot input commands at a speed that just isn’t humanly possible, in-turn allowing speedrunners to cook up all sorts of amazing, unbelievable, and downright wild situations.
When it comes to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, speedrunners use the TASBot trick to allow for something called Arbitrary Code Execution. A specific set of button presses in quick succession lets speedrunners access beta items and other elements that normal players would never be able to obtain. It also paves the way for brand-new content, and that’s exactly what was on display at Summer Games Done Quick 2022.
Yes, in the video above, the speedrunners really went above and beyond in creating Zelda: Breath of the Wild-like visuals within Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Believe it or not, this content is all in-engine, playing on an actual N64. Equally impressive, the showcase included comments from SGDQ live-streamer comments beamed directly into the game as well!
The video above shows you the gameplay section, along with a very lengthy explanation of how it all works. It’s well above my understanding, but still extremely impressive nonetheless.