Speedrunner admits his SGDQ 2022 world-record was fake

The world-record run of the Blade Wolf DLC for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance that occurred at Summer Games Done Quick 2022 was, by the runner’s personal admission, a fake.

Russian speedrunner Mekarazium was given the chance to run Metal Gear Rising Revengeance on the latest SGDQ 2022 speedrunning marathon. Most of the speedrunning takes place in particular person on the venue in Minneapolis. However, Mekarazium’s run was one of many occasion’s uncommon on-line runs.

While his run of the bottom sport of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance was official, there was a bonus incentive for the runner to finish the sport’s Blade Wolf DLC as effectively which was met by donators. By the runner’s personal admission, the Blade Wolf phase of the run was a number of pre-recorded segments which have been spliced collectively to make the run look optimum (by way of PCGamesN).

After customers on the speedrunning subreddit famous the absence of keyboard noises and an odd audio minimize close to the tip of the run, Mekarazium got here clear to the Games Done Quick enforcement workforce in a discord message.

“The Blade Wolf DLC run incentive people paid for is a pre-recorded segmented run. I haven’t mentioned it anywhere, neither during the submission process or the email that I sent to the committee. It was supposed to be a real-time run, but I’ve changed my mind at the last second after switching the saves.”

After finishing the run, Mekarazium asks for his time after which seems to feign shock and briefly mentions that it’s world report time earlier than asking folks to not seek advice from it because the world report because it’s deceptive earlier than stating that another person may have an unrecorded quickest time.

Mekarazium continued his admission to GDQ employees with: “I’ve done an actual bad thing and I shouldn’t have done this on an event. I don’t want this to be one of the reasons online runs will be forever cut for everyone else. I acted selfishly and I haven’t put more time thinking about others. The only reason I’ve decided to put a segmented run, is because the NG+ Hard run went way better than we’ve practiced throughout the month prior, and I’ve needed something to top this off.”

Metal Gear Rising key art
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Credit: PlatinumGames

In the wake of this admission, Mekarazium’s run has been taken off the Games Done Quick YouTube channel, although it’s nonetheless viewable on the Twitch VOD of the occasion.

In a Reddit thread concerning the faked run, Mekarazium submitted a remark which appears to defend his faked run, primarily saying it’s not dishonest because it was by no means meant to be submitted to leaderboards.

“Instead of going [the] ‘he cheated’ route, which has no meaning as the run was never intended to be on the leaderboards and at least one person knew that I was doing one, I advise you to think a little bit out of the box and try to connect the dots to see if the speech will have more meaning to it.”

Summer Games Done Quick 2022 raised roughly £2.49 million for Doctors Without Borders.

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