Sex, Lies, And Video Inconsistencies
“Controller inputs can be heard on many streams of attempts, but are absent in WR runs, despite the fact that the background can be heard through the mic. One exception is found during the run in the last dungeon, where inputs suddenly appear after not being present all run. Coupled with that, the inputs showed no consistency. The inputs and movements were 1-3 frames apart, 7-8 frames apart, and sometimes 13-17 frames apart. Sometimes the tap preceded the movement, and sometimes movement preceded the tap.”
“I maintain the position that I ran each of them legitimately," said Ryan, albeit while also acknowledging some technical issues, "and am more than willing to run each of them again to prove this by re-running with multiple camera setups showing either me, monitor, inputs, etc."“We all hope we can move on positively from this,” concluded the moderators.The other conclusion: All his runs were considered tainted and thus invalid, and any future runs would require additional scrutiny. He was, however, allowed to stay in the community.“You'd imagine it would be stressful,” Ryan told VICE at the time, back when he was claiming everything was all a big misunderstanding, “but when you have nothing to hide you find a way to take a very diplomatic approach to it all. As I've spoken with others in the speedrunning community, they seem to be siding with me (if you want to call it that) because no runner who falsified that many records would be as willing as I have been to cooperate.”
“There is getting lucky, there is getting lucky, and there is getting lucky back to back to back.”
Just When I Thought I Was Out
The Inevitable Plot Twist
That community was already niche—it’s not the kind that would typically get a splashy headline on Kotaku or reddit when a record was broken. But still, being noteworthy in a niche is its own satisfaction, and Ryan claimed he’d grown frustrated nobody noticed him.“All I was thinking in the moment was that this would hopefully end questioning of my legitimacy as a speedrunner,” he said. “I was still relatively new to it all and had great times done without splicing—top three in every category I ran. The problem was I felt everyone saw me as just a hobbyist, so having two viewers watch with me doing great was frustrating.”With all the deceptions and lies, it’s hard to know what to make of the contradictions that are still there when Ryan is supposedly telling the truth. Earlier versions of this story contained a lot of details about his personal life, as told to me by him. But the longer I spent with the story, the more my editor and I sat with it—how much could we really believe, exactly?That was the same dilemma in the community. He wanted people to respect him seriously as a legitimate speedrunner, so he posted illegitimate runs in the hopes his speedrunning peers would notice him. They did, of course, but what they noticed was someone who seemed to be lying. So Ryan dug the hole deeper, trying (with lies) to convince people of his integrity.“I was honestly hoping that it would be over the night the moderators initially came forward,” he said. “Although I still didn't feel the need to confess, I was hoping it would be over and that there would be enough doubt from outside eyes that they would just see it as someone looking to clear their name.”One of my last communications with Ryan a few weeks back.“I'm sure this all happened for a reason,” he said, “and being able to focus more on work and family life is great.”Within a few hours of his departure, however, his former community had already moved on. They turned to congratulating a player on having a really successful run, and chided another for procrastinating. No investigations, no whisper campaigns about players and moderators. It’s still a small community, and most runs aren’t that big a deal. Besides, they trust each other.Follow Patrick on Twitter. If you've seen any interesting stories in the speedrunning world, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's also available privately on Signal.Have thoughts? Swing by the Waypoint forums to share them!
"The problem was I felt everyone saw me as just a hobbyist, so having two viewers watch with me doing great was frustrating.”