For those of you who are unaware, professional speedrunner Trent Hall discovered a now banned strategy in Goldeneye 007. This strategy (called Trent's Circuit Board Strategy) consisted of plugging a dismantled second controller into the second controller port. Then, when there is a countdown timer, pushing down on the exposed circuit board to freeze the game while the countdown continued. Because the Elite Goldeneye Rankings are ranked in IGT (in-game time) as opposed to RTA (real time attack), this strategy would save tens of seconds on many levels. where to press down on the controller

My question is... well, what causes the N64 to behave in this way? This seams like an extremely unlikely result.

A video by former Goldeneye Champion Ryan "RWhiteGoose" White on the strategy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6txZdNcc0

Read more about Trent: http://www.shootersforever.com/forums_message_boards//viewtopic.php?t=6332&view=previous&sid=6a6704f2fa89f78f2d42239d5cd4205f

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    That question might be more appropriate on Arquade as it's neiter about any computer nor game system (non mentioned so far), but pure game play. Don't you think?
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 29 '19 at 9:52
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    its purely about the effects of physically manipulating retro harware. I beg to disagree Oct 29 '19 at 10:58
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    You ain't show no proof of anything but a quite botchered video with some strange claims that aren't even qualified. This is not a question about retro computing, not even about gaming. If at all, it's repeating blown up statements from that video without anything else. After having seen the video, I see no relation whatsoever to RC.SE. There is not even a verifiable claim that the item in question happens as well. Voting now for close now ... hard decision ahead, as it's as unrelated as unclear .
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 29 '19 at 12:12
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    Making cryptic remarks for insiders may be fine if you ask in some related game board. RC.SE is for a general public, therefor it's always a good idea to concentrate on facts and word a question in a way everyone can understand it - after all, don't you want them to help you? So make RC.SE a place with good questions, not insider trash talk. On a side note, to my knowledge Golden Eye is as well available for WII and DS, isn't it?
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 29 '19 at 15:34
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    @wizzwizz4 Erm, you might want to check the edits - he did only include that it is about the N64 version after my remark. The point is that, no matter what his level of knowledge (or assumption) is, a question should always include sufficient information to identify what it is about. The system in question being one of the most basic to add. Relaying on external knowledge for such is not a good idea. This is infact a good example for this, as his assumption ended being plain wrong.
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 30 '19 at 19:03