Speedruns. Glorious speedruns. It's not something many indulge in, indeed, the dedication, patience and willpower required to smash a speedrun record is almost unfathomable. Yet, there are individuals, like Cosmo Wright who, on January 12, screamed though Ocarina Of Time in 22 minutes and 38 seconds.
CVG has a great piece up detailing Wright's accomplishment, achieved during a charity event by Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ). If reading isn't your thing, you can view the run itself, where Wright does an ongoing commentary on the various steps he takes, including bugs in the game that can be exploited to teleport or skip past certain sections.
Take the "Trials Skip", which is described early on in the video:
Eventually, this guy named Acryte found this thing called "The Trials Skip", where you push this statue against the wall and you can get through the wall and get up Ganon's tower without beating the six mini-dungeons.
I know there are several classifications for speedruns — ones where hacks like the above are not permitted, say — but I think it's fascinating that dedicated 'runners try all sorts of crazy things to uncover these tricks... though the team responsible for testing the game might not be as impressed.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun in 22:38 [YouTube, via CVG]