The joy of Summer Games Done Quick, raising $3.01 million for Doctors Without Borders, has been marred with a bit of controversy. During the charity marathon, Mekarazium, a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance runner, pretended his run of the revenge knife Wolf DLC, playing a split video instead of playing the game live. The fake run was discovered when Mekarazium itself confessed to cheating, prompting Games Done Quick organizers to remove the VOD from the run and ban Mekarazium from future events. Mekarazium was able to pull off the deception, although while this was the first live GDQ since AGDQ 2020, he participated remotely and broadcast from his home.
On Thursday June 30, Mekarazium ran Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on new game plus difficulty, ending with a time of 57:45 which, as stated in his admission, was “much better than what we practiced.” After that run, he completed the Blade Wolf DLC, with a time of 6:55 which, according to the leaderboards, improved the current world record (held by Mekarazium itself) by 25 seconds. Mekarazium ended the run with a rambling speech that seemed to focus on wanting the speedrunning community to better support the people who contribute to world records — like people who find glitches and the best routes — rather than the world record holders themselves. He concluded his speech by quoting lyrics from Nevermore’s heavy metal song “This Godless Endeavor”:
I feel empty and disturbed
Denied a final revelation and ushered in from the podium
He then said, “We won’t meet again, I guess”, seemingly referring to the fact that he would be discovered.
It is unknown why Mekarazium chose to expose his deception, but members of the speedrunning subreddit r/speedrun claimed that this could be because he may have been on the brink of being ridiculed for the deception. A close view of the Blade Wolf run reveals that there were no keyboard sounds in the audio during its revenge run. There is also a moment when he moves his right hand in view of his camera while the character he controls 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, declaring that he wanted the “world record” Blade Wolf run for his revenge run. He also stated that he hoped his actions would not affect future distance runs during live marathons. While speedrunning marathons aren’t exclusively in the US (in fact, the European Speedrunner Assembly will host its own marathon later this month), GDQ is the largest and most popular. Allowing distance running in live marathons seems to be one of the most accessible ways for foreign runners and others who are unable to travel for various reasons to participate.
GDQ issued a statement regarding the ban, saying, “This is absolutely unacceptable and seeks to undermine the integrity of the speedrun community we love and support.”