Over the weekend, a new champion was crowned in the world of speedrunning, the art of playing a game from start to finish as fast as possible.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a staple for speedrunners after users by the names of SockFolder and R0bD0g discovered a workaround that allows players to go from the very first dungeon in the game to the final battle. Using this method only hours after its discovery, ZeldaFreakGlitcha set the record at 25:32 back in 2012.
Since that time, many players have improved upon the technique and established new records. Today’s reigning champion is Twitch streamer Jodestone, who blitzed the game in 18:07, beating out fellow streamer Cosmo who set a record of 18:10 last August. You can watch Jodestone’s world record run below:
In other Zelda-related happenings, a televised New Year’s Eve celebration in Poland saw the popular band Big Cyc take the stage to perform their song Makumba, a popular tune about a Polish man who travels to Africa and falls in love.
It’s highly unlikely that Big Cyc had the rights to, or even knew what they were using, when they had a massive Majora’s Mask projected behind them for the entirety of the song. With a generally happy-go-lucky feel to the show, the iconic mask certainly brings a level of comical unease for those who know its origins. Zelda fans have had a heyday commenting on the video depicting the event, speculating that the band looked no further than Google to find a “tribal” image to accompany their song.
The performance can be found below, with Majora’s Mask clearly visible between 1:30 and 4:30: