Last year, I wrote one of my favourite articles of all time: a news piece on speedrunner tomatoanus, who’d set a particularly unusual record. He’d managed to set a “sex%” world record in the Fallout series – an unofficial speedrunning category involving having sex in each of the main games as fast as possible. (He’s also done an equally impressive Fallout series world record speedrun).
In any case, that unusual username has become a bit of an issue when trying to register for charity speedrunning event Games Done Quick, with the organisers (understandably) taking issue with the “anus” in his username. I guess it wasn’t wholesome enough for the family-friendly event. Or rather, too holesome.
According to tomatoanus’ statement, GDC had refused to list his name in three of the six previous events in which he had submitted runs. After contacting the organisers, a compromise was reached: tomatoanus could change his name to tomatoangus, and his submissions would be publicly listed.
“[GDC] told me that my submissions were not automatically denied, and that they would be considered just as any other submission, but they would not be publicly viewable on their website as long as I submitted with my username being ‘tomatoanus'”, tomatoanus explained. “This is obviously because they’re a professional organisation representing a charity, which I understand and accept.
“[I] eventually decided I would prefer to have my submissions be publicly viewable so people could see that I was submitting on their website rather than only know based on me tweeting what my submissions were.
“Through the whole thing, GDQ was very transparent and quick to respond with any questions I had, and I applaud them for that.”
Although his GDC runs can now appear publicly, tomatoanus is unwilling to change his Twitch username, and so has unlinked his Twitch account from his GDC account. And so, the infamous name lives on – and I will once again have to explain myself to my parents after the inevitable next article.