At SGDQ 2022, Blade Wolf from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance DLC set a new world record, although speedrunner Mekarazium confesses that it was a fake.
A World Record run that occurred during the Summer Games Done Quick 2022 competition last week has been annulled, according to the Games Done Quick (GDQ) crew. The hack-and-slash actioner Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance was part of the run, which has been canceled when the SGDQ runner admitted to combining video from earlier offline attempts.
While the majority of the speedruns during the event took place on-site, a select few were done online due to practical considerations. As part of a viewer donation bonus incentive, a Russian speedrunner took on the “Blade Wolf” DLC for Revengeance and proceeded to set a world record for clear times. The player has since admitted that he or she feigned the achievement by merely streaming an edited, pre-recorded video.
The paid-for Blade Wolf DLC run reward was actually a pre-recorded, segmented run, the runner admitted to the GDQ enforcement team following the incident.
“I haven’t mentioned it anywhere, neither during the submission process or the email 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.”Mekarazium
The player is no longer permitted to take part in GDQ competitions going forward after the GDQ staff withdrew the run from its YouTube library. Despite the player’s open admission, GDQ seems to think that he knew the subterfuge would not be revealed to the public by the GDQ team.
Mekarazium, who falsified the Revengeance run, has been barred from participating in future GDQ events, according to a message sent by GDQ to PCGamesN. GDQ’s assertion:
Mekarazium claims that their run of Blade Wolf, which claimed a new “record” time of six minutes, 55 seconds, was actually a pre-taped, segmented run, wherein sections of the game are finished separately and then edited together to create the appearance of a single, continuous playtime.
Since it usually takes a lot more skill and luck to successfully complete a game as a whole than it does to beat each level individually, some games featured on the official Speedrun leaderboards have a separate category for segmented runs. Speedrunners will use segmented runs to show off what is theoretically feasible in a game.
Mekarazium’s run, however, was offered to viewers as a reward for exceeding one of SGDQ’s donation thresholds and was shown as a complete, real-time playthrough. Mekarazium’s run was streamed live from their computer instead of occurring in person at the Minneapolis SGDQ venue. Mekarazium acknowledges that this allowed them to replace a segmented, pre-made run with a complete, real-time run.