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One of the coolest Speedruns at SGDQ 2022 was a lie

One of the coolest Speedruns at SGDQ 2022 was a lie
Written by boustamohamed31

Raiden shatters the lies in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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In a week full of fantastic speedways live on The 2022 Summer Games ended quicklyone hour game of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance still turning heads. Even more notable was the encore unlocked through community donations: a furious race through the game Blade Wolf A DLC campaign that ended up setting a brand new world record. Or at least it would be if it were real. Instead, a few days later, the sprinter behind him admitted to faking it, using a pre-recorded video compiling his best times from previous runs.

Speedrunning culture is incredibly online, with players exchanging strategies in forums, live-streaming their training and world record attempts from around the world, and later uploading their best times to record-keeping sites like Speedrun.com. One of the things that annual events like SGDQ do is that some of the most talented players behind all sorts of different games come together in person and showcase their skills live for fans and casual viewers alike. In this context, breaking records is rare and all the more special because of that. Replacing pre-recorded footage with live attempts, on the other hand, is sacrilege. But that’s exactly what a speed runner passing through Mekarazium admitted to doing last week.

“The Blade Wolf DLC the running stimulus that people pay for is a pre-recorded segmented run,” the speedrunner said an SGDQ rep on Discord during the weekend. “I did not mention it anywhere, neither during the submission nor in the email I sent to the committee. It was supposed to be a real-time run, but I changed my mind at the last second after the saves switched.”

Mekarazium, who was streaming the June 30th event remotely, pointed out some of the differences between his NG+ Hard performance, which was live, and the bonus performance, which edited together multiple perfect partial DLC performances. On the one hand, Blade Wolf Running the campaign didn’t have any sounds from his keyboard and mouse. The checkpoints also did not quite line up PCGamesN reportedsome viewers also noticed after the fact that the in-game camera was still moving at one point, even after Mekarazium had removed his right hand from the mouse.

„Направих наистина лошо нещо и не трябваше да правя това на събитието“, каза той пред GDQ.

Но защо го е направил, остава много по-трудно да се разбере. His SGDQ run ended with a rambling speech condemning the charts for monopolizing too much of the status and attention of the speedrunning communities. He also seemed to want to point out that more players should focus on researching and creating unique approaches to speed running instead of just chasing new world records.

“I feel empty and freaked out, deprived of one last insight and kicked off the stage,” Mekarazium said at the end of his SGDQ performance, quoting “This Godless Endeavor” by 1990s heavy metal band Nevermore.

As a result of the stunt, GDQ removed Mekarazium’s run from its YouTube channel and said Kotaku he is banned from participating in the event in the future.

“This is absolutely unacceptable and attempts to undermine the integrity of the speedrunning community that we love and support,” a GDQ spokesperson wrote in an email. “The exact outcome they wanted was not clear from the document, but it is clear that they believed we would not be prepared to speak openly about their conduct.” However, we believe it is in the best interest of the community to know why this implementation was removed from GDQ.”

In his original message to GDQ and in a subsequent reply to Kotaku, Mekarazium said he made the decision to switch to a pre-recorded segmented run in part because his NG+ speedrun of the main game went so well, and he wanted to finish it off with an even more impressive showstopper. “The next cycle was going to be even higher in quality, which was going to be a grand finale,” he told Discord.

Mekarazium signs SGDQ 2022 with a strange speech.

To unlock Blade Wolf In the DLC’s run, SGDQ viewers were required to collectively donate $25,000 to Doctors Without Borders during the base game’s speedrun, and they did, with hundreds contributing. What they got in return was impressive in theory – the run was 6:55.7, a full 25 seconds under previous world record put on by Mekarazium, but it wasn’t the live performance they had paid for, unbeknownst to anyone in the audience at the time. They cheered up. Mecharasium feigned surprise, saying “damn” when his time was announced.

“Honestly, it was a nasty thing,” Mekaratzium says now of defrauding the people who donated. But he doesn’t seem to feel the same way about the rest of the stunt, instead arguing that its deeper meaning is some kind of “puzzle to solve.”

“It’s a mockery,” Mekaratzium said Kotaku. “[A] a mockery of every single person who watches a sprint race and hasn’t asked themselves some questions.” He criticized content creators for profiting off the work of speedrunners in exchange for free advertising, and the GDC for putting “brand needs” ahead of “passion” of the community, saying the event would “deal a huge blow to their image” for removing one of the highly-rated series that was well-received by all.”

“People will focus on the fact, ‘Oh my god, he cheated,’ rather than the enormous amount of preparation that went into making sure [the] the run will go well and the segmented run will go unnoticed.”

Mekarazium’s explanation got even more cryptic from there. “If you want to see some things change, there always is [a] price to pay,” he said. to change their minds about speed running in general.” He declined to give further details.

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

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