Metal Gear Rising Speedrun Removed After Runner Played Pre-Recorded Video for SGDQ


Videos of a world-record speedrun of the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance DLC has been taken down by GDQ after it was revealed the speedrunner misrepresented their run.

Summer Games Done Quick is an annual video game speedrunning event where participants speedrun through games while raising money for charity. One game showcased was the DLC for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Speedrunner Mekarazium set a new world record for the Blade Wolf DLC during the event. However, a video replay of the run was later removed from the official GDQ YouTube channel and it was confirmed that it was due to forgery.

“Yesterday, we were made aware that Mekarzarium played a segmented video for his DLC run at Summer Games Done Quick 2022. Mekazarium has since admitted to this, both to some members of the community as well as directly to GDQ staff.”

Typically SGDQ is an in-person event hosted in Minneapolis. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, the event switched to a remote format. This year there was a hybrid format where the event returned in-person, but still played remote runs from players who were not able to fly out.

Mekazarium was one such runner who participated remotely. But while runners are expected to perform live, Mekazarium instead ran a pre-recorded gameplay video of Metal Gear Rising and pretended to play the game during his stream as if it were in real-time.

According to GDQ, Mekazarium contacted the staff “with a document detailing that he had planned this over a month, demonstrating this was planned and intentional. This was made possible because of the remote nature of this particular run in the marathon.”

GDQ announced that Mekazarium will not be permitted to run for the event in the future.

While this is an unfortunate event that undermines the talent that is typically showcased during SGDQ, the organization once again hosted a fairly successful event, raising $3 million for Doctors Without Borders.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.