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In the wee hours of the morning of May 30, Minecraft YouTuber dream posted a 2,000 words statement to pastebin. “I write this in my bathroom at four in the morning on the phone, so forgive the mistakes or the confusing bits,” he said.
Dream has been embroiled in a bizarre, long-running scandal surrounding the traps for a while Minecraft speedrun for over six months. At the heart of the statement was confirmation of what many suspected and had put a lot of effort into proving: they dreamed of using modifications to achieve great results in Minecraft speedruns. In particular, the dream deceived while completing what the community calls “Any% of random seed without problems“run. That is, it defeated the final head on a randomly generated seed without using failures.
“I ended up finding out that I had actually been using a forbidden modification for about 6 of my live broadcasts on Twitch,” Dream said in his message.
The dream is a massive YouTube and Minecraft star. His channel has almost 23 million subscribers. His audience loves him and his popularity is built around him Minecraft and his most viewed videos are speedruns. His most popular video is a speedrun finale that accumulates more than 80 million views.
In a speedrun, someone tries to beat a video game com as fast as possible. Each game has its own set of rules that make it an official race and community policy. The rules differ greatly from game to game and even as in the case Minecraft—Between different versions of the game. However, as a baseline, all quick-run attempts should be submitted with unaltered images of the entire race.
In October 2020, Dream introduced a speedrun for version 1.16 of Minecraft. At the time, it was the fifth fastest race recorded in its category. A group of volunteer moderators on the website speedrun.com monitor and verify attempts. Moderators oversee Minecraft he rejected the race of dreams after studying the images of the various live transmissions of the dream. According to the modifications, the rate of fall of some of the few items needed to finish Minecraft they were unprecedented.
Finish Minecraft 1.16, a player must teleport to the final boss. To build the portal, the player must obtain rare objects to build Eyes of Ender. The materials needed to build the eyes are exceptionally rare and are most consistently obtained by bartering with NPCs. According to the moderator’s report, the drop rates when getting one of the items by barter are about 5 percent.
The speedrun mods studied the flows of dreams in depth, bringing together one 29-page report which launched a website devoted to controversy. The report deals with drop rates and includes complex mathematical equations, binomial distribution, and probability hacking. “If nothing else, the drop rates of Dream currents are so exceptional that they should be analyzed for good, regardless of whether anyone believes it happened legitimately,” the modifiers said in the report.
The mods reviewed six of the live streams of dreams and compared the drop rates of rare items with those of other speeds. Luck is an important part of speedruns, especially Minecraft. Skill is important, but some players are just lucky and get the drops they need. According to the moderators ’report, the odds of dreams of having so much luck so consistently were 1 in 177 billion.
dream felt that the modifications were directing him because of his popularity and rant about the process on Twitter. The modifiers asked to see his modification folder, which contained evidence of his innocence. dream he said has deleted the folder in a pike attack.
Dream said he hired an anonymous astrophysicist through a consulting website to build a rebuttal. The final report arrives at 19 pages and contains even more discussions about statistics about Ender Pearls, Blaze Rods, and others Minecraft associated minutiae. Speedrun moderators posted a refutation to refutation, declaring that the mathematics of the astrophysicist sucks.
It was in December 2020. Now, months later, Dream has admitted that it used a custom-designed mod to increase the drop rates of the six videos the moderators had analyzed. “That could have been a problem,” Dream said, but described it as saying he didn’t know it and didn’t seem to think it was as serious an offense as the moderator did.
“When I realized this, I felt an extreme sense of guilt and withdrew my response video because I didn’t believe in anything I said in the video,” he said in his response. “That was a couple of months ago, right now, I think. When the drama started, I was more concerned with defending myself and being right, then finding out what was going on and I shot myself in the foot doing it. ”
According to the dream, the exceeded drop rates were the result of an old mod I had ordered. “In our challenge videos, before 1.16 we always increased enderman playback rates and pearl drop rates for convenience and we’ve already mentioned it openly,” he said. “It makes the videos better because we don’t spend hours looking for pearls or spending so much time cultivating fire sticks. When it came out at 1.16, it was more complicated to increase the pig trade than to make enderman pearl drops. A server add-on has been created for our videos that slightly increases rates. That’s when the first versions of the recording mod were made, although at the time it was more of a chat mod. “
It was this server modification that gave him an edge in his speedruns. the dream and the Minecraft The speedrun moderator did not respond to Waypoint’s request for comment.