Hi OoT speedrunners! After several weeks of elaborate discussions and a large community vote, it has been decided that from now on the intro cutscene can be skipped. The revised game rules are as follows:
New intro skip rules
"Skipping the intro cutscene is allowed (but not mandatory). To do this, watch the intro once, then save the game in Link's house. You may wish to put this prepared file into slot 2 or 3. Then any time you wish to do a speedrun, you can copy the prepared file into slot 1, and do the run there. Note that skipping the intro will make you lose about 4 frames due to starting further from the door in Link's house. Also note that getting the rupee from the pot in Link's house is BANNED when first loading an intro skip file."
Regarding video proof, there are no changes, but we'd like to clarify that all submissions must include a video that includes file select at the beginning regardless of whether the intro is watched or skipped.
New timing rules
"Time begins on the first frame of player movement in Link's house. Before movement, you are allowed to change the camera with C-Up if you wish, however no other inputs may be made during this period. The player is also required to begin movement within 10s of gaining control. Time ends on the first frame of any cutscene that normally takes place after dealing the final blow to Ganon, as long as the game can reach The End Screen from that state (e.g. no void loops)."
Retiming of existing runs
The mod team (with the help of a few recruited community members) is currently in the process of retiming all PBs (not obsolete runs) on the main leaderboard. The extensions board will follow. During this time, new runs will move slower through the verification queue so please be patient. You can submit new runs using the new timing method, but please do not edit your existing runs; wait for the mods to get to them instead.
If you have any further questions or would like to see the vote results, join the OoT speedrunning discord (https://discord.gg/7FYGh3d). The vote results are summarized in the #announcements channel.