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Games Done Quick suspends a Metal Gear speedster for setting a world record

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The joy of the Summer Games quickly raised $ 3.01 million for Doctors Without Borders was marred by some controversy. During the Mekarazium charity marathon, a Metal Gear Rising: revenge runner, he has simulated his run since blade of revenge Wolf DLC, play a merged video instead of running the game live. The fake race was discovered when Mekarazium himself confessed to cheating, which led to the organizers of Games Done Quick removing the race VOD and banning Mekarazium from future events. Mekarazium managed to pull the joke out because, despite being the first GDQ live since AGDQ 2020, it participated remotely, broadcasting from his home.

On Thursday 30 June, Mekarazium aired Metal Gear Rising: revenge in a new game plus a high difficulty, finishing with a time of 57:45 which was, as he noted in his confession, “much better than what we have practiced”. After this race, he finished the wolf sword DLC, recording a time of 6:55 which according to the rankings broke the current world record (which the same Mekarazium holds) by 25 seconds. The Mekarazium ended the race with a bumpy pace that seemed to focus on the sprinting community that wanted to better support the people who contribute to world records, such as mistake seekers and best routes, rather than the world record holders themselves. He concluded his speech by quoting the heavy metal song “That Unholy Effort” for Nevermore:

I feel empty and confused
He was denied a final epiphany and taken offstage.

He then said, “I don’t think we’ll see each other again,” apparently alluding to the fact that he would be found out.

It’s unclear why Mekarazium chose to reveal his joke, but members of speedrunning’s r / speedrun subreddit speculated that it may have been because he may have been flagged for the joke. A closer view of the wolf sword run reveals that there were no keyboard sounds in the audio when there were during his vendetta run. There is also a moment when he waves his right hand in view of his camera as the character you control on the screen moves the game camera. Mekarazium explains the discrepancy by stating that he “moved the mouse with his left hand.

Mekarazium apologized in his confession, saying he wanted the “world record” wolf sword in short, to “finish” his vendetta run. He also said that he hopes his actions won’t affect future distance races in live marathons. While speedrun marathons aren’t held exclusively in the United States (in fact, the European Speedrunner Assembly will host their own marathon later this month), the GDQ is the largest and most popular. Allowing distance racing in live marathons appears to be one of the most accessible ways to allow foreign runners and others who, for various reasons, cannot travel to participate.

GDQ released a statement on the ban, stating, “This is absolutely unacceptable and attempts to undermine the integrity of the sprint community we love and support.”

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