Billy Mitchell, 'Donkey Kong' Record-Setter, Stripped of Scores

King of Kong

That brilliant documentary followed average guy Steve Wiebe on his quest to set the all-time Donkey Kong high score. There are strict rules surrounding Donkey Kong records, which state that high scores only count if they are achieved on the original Donkey Kong arcade game hardware.

Twin Galaxies, the preeminent source (and adjudicator) for video game records worldwide, has made a decision to strip Mitchell of his infamous Donkey Kong records after months of investigation revealed he cheated to produce his high scores.

It was announced today by Twin Galaxies, who logs and helps Guinness verify gaming world records, that Billy Mitchell has been stripped of his records, for cheating.

Twin Galaxies has stated that this investigation officially began when one of their members recognized some anomalies in Mitchell's high score performance. To be clear, that in and of itself is not proof that he manipulated MAME to obtain his high scores, submitting scores obtained through emulation software and presenting them as being obtained on arcade hardware doesn't look good for Mitchell.

Mitchell was a figure of outsized importance in the community of video game record seekers, widely hailed for playing the first ideal game of Pac-Man in 1999 (a record Twin Galaxies no longer recognizes).

Steve Wiebe, a long-time rival of Mitchell's who also appeared in the documentary, will now have the record for first million-scoring player on "Donkey Kong".

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- The 1,062,800 (the Boomers score) "Donkey Kong" performance does not have enough of a body of direct evidence for Twin Galaxies to feel comfortable to make a definitive determination on at this time. The following investigation has led to Mitchell's banishment from Twin Galaxies as a competitor. It would also mean testing visual effects software and anything else we can think of to be definitively certain. This kind of extensive testing is beyond the scope of the dispute case needs.

Twin Galaxies did give Mitchell opportunities to answer questions during the dispute, but he did not choose to do so. In Twin Galaxies, however, they allow MAME to be used on a program called WolfMAME.

The ban has no effect on the current world record in Donkey Kong, which now sits at the 1.247 million points set by Robbie Lakeman in February.

"Anyone looking into their own past with honesty and a desire to improve will likely find things potentially messy and uncomfortable", the management writes. However, Twin Galaxies understands that this is required for it to continue its commitment to accuracy.

If you've never seen King of Kong before.well, do so right now.

We must repeat, the truth is the priority.

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