Metal Gear Speedrunner Reveals He Faked ‘Live’ World Record, Claims It’s A ‘Puzzle’

Metal Gear Speedrunner Reveals He Forged ‘Live’ World Record, Claims It’s A ‘Puzzle’

In a week full of fantastic live speed runs on Summer games done soon 2022a one hour playthrough of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance still heads. Even more remarkable was the encore, unlocked by community donations: a frenetic race through the games Blade Wolf DLC campaign that eventually set a brand new world record. Or at least it would have been if it had been real. Instead, a few days later, the speedrunner confessed to faking it using a pre-recorded video collecting his best times from previous runs.

Speedrun culture is incredibly online, with players exchanging strategies on forums, livestreaming their practice and world record attempts from around the world, and later uploading the best times to archiving sites like Speedrun.com. One of the things that make annual events like SGDQ is that some of the most talented players behind all kinds of different games come together in person and showcase their craft live for fans and regular viewers alike. In this context, breaking records is rare, and therefore extra special. Replacing pre-recorded footage with live attempts, on the other hand, is sacrilege. But that’s exactly what a speedrunner passing Mekarazium admits last week.

“The Blade Wolf DLC running incentive that people paid for is a prerecorded segmented run, “the speedrunner told a SGDQ representative on Discord during the weekend. “I didn’t mention it anywhere, not even during the submission process or the email I sent to the committee. It was supposed to be a real-time run, but I changed my mind at the last minute after changing the saves.”

Mekarazium, who was streaming remotely for the June 30 event, pointed out a few differences between his NG+ Hard playthrough, which was live, and the bonus run, which edited multiple perfect partial runs of the DLC. For one, the Blade Wolf campaign playthrough had no sounds from his keyboard and mouse. The checkpoints weren’t quite aligned either, and if PCGamesN reportedSome viewers also noted that the in-game camera was still moving at one point, even after Mekarazium took his right hand off his mouse.

“I really did something bad and I shouldn’t have done this at the event,” he told GDQ.

But why he did it remains much harder to figure out. His SGDQ run ended with a disjointed speech condemning leaderboards for monopolizing too much of the status and attention of speedrunning communities. He also seemed to argue that more players should focus on exploring and developing unique approaches to speedrunning rather than just chasing new world records.

“I feel empty and insane, denied a final revelation and sent off stage,” Mekarazium said towards the end of his SGDQ performance, quoting “This Godless Endeavour” from 90s heavy metal band Nevermore.

As a result of the stunt, GDQ has removed Mekarazium’s run from its YouTube channel and told Kotaku he has been banned from performing at the event in the future.

“This is absolutely unacceptable and seeks to undermine the integrity of the speedrunning community we love and support,” a GDQ spokesperson wrote in an email. “The exact result they wanted was unclear from the document, but it’s clear they didn’t think we would be willing to speak out about their behavior. However, we believe it is in the best interest of the community to know why this run was removed by GDQ.”

In his original message to GDQ, and in a follow-up response to: KotakuMekarazium said he made the decision to switch to a pre-recorded segmented run, in part because his base game NG+ speedrun had gone so well and he wanted to finish it off with an even more impressive showstopper. “The next run had to be of even higher quality, which was going to be a grand finale,” he said of Discord.

Around the . to unlock Blade Wolf DLC run required SGDQ viewers to collectively donate $25,000 ($34,705) to Doctors Without Borders during the base game’s speedrun, and they did, with hundreds of contributions. What they got in return was impressive in theory – the run came in at 6:55.7, a whopping 25 seconds below the previous world record set by Mekarazium – but it wasn’t the live performance they paid for, unbeknownst to everyone in the audience at the time. They cheered. Mekarazium feigned surprise and said “holy shit” when his time was announced.

“Frankly, that was a foolish thing to do,” Mekarazium now says on the issue of misleading the people who donated. But he doesn’t seem to feel the same about the rest of the stunt, instead claiming its deeper meaning is a sort of “puzzle to solve.”

“This is a mockery,” Mekarazium said Kotaku† †[A] mocks everyone who watches speedrunning events and hasn’t asked yourself any questions.” He criticized content creators for taking advantage of the work of speedrunners in exchange for free publicity, and GDC for putting its “brand needs” above the community’s “passion”, saying the event will “deal a huge blow to their image.” ‘ before removing ‘ one of the highly regarded runs that was well received by all.”

“People will focus on the fact ‘omg he cheated’, not the massive amount of preparations that have gone into making sure that [the] run will go well, and the segmented run will go unnoticed.”

The explanation of Mekarazium from then on only became more cryptic. “If you want to see some things change, there is always” [a] price,” he said. “I pay with my reputation as a marathoner, speedrunner, commentator and very passionate person to make others think about the things you are willing to do in the name of that passion. So that others can change their minds about speedrunning as a whole.” He declined to elaborate.

The speedrunner admitted that he was also sleep deprived at the time of his performance, due to schedule delays. Whatever his true motivations, he seemed to know that his antics would eventually come to light and get him banned back when the credits rolled last week. “We won’t meet again, I think, some people just want to see this world burn,” Mekarazium said at the end of his SGDQ performance. “Good night, there will be more wicked nights.”


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