Billy Mitchell stripped of Donkey Kong world record

Enlarge  Artist's conception of Mitchell reacting to the news

Observers noted that subtle differences in the way the game screens on his videos animated - things like transitions between levels - did not occur with the original Donkey Kong machines but rather were consistent with the way an emulator would run the game.

Legendary video arcade games player Billy Mitchell will be wiped from the gaming industry's official list of record high scores.

An investigation carried out by Twin Galaxies - which has documented gaming records since 1981 - found that Mitchell set his high "Donkey Kong" marks while playing on a prohibited emulation system instead of an approved arcade machine. The group, which tracks video game world records, notified the Guinness World Records of its decision.

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum. That's right, he cheated.

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The investigation began after a member of Twin Galaxies, Jeremey Young, questioned whether Mitchell's "Donkey Kong" scores were legit. We have several different and unique sources of these performances and access to private historical Twin Galaxies referee e-mail distribution records showing where these sources acquired their copies and what the objective was.

Steve Wiebe, much like Billy Mitchell, has not made an official statement in regard to the official findings that Mitchell cheated yet.

But that score was taken away from him by Twin Galaxies on Thursday, as was a 1,050,200-point performance he registered at a "Mortgage Brokers" tournament. Save states, alternate input methods, and other means could be leveraged to bring that high score within reach, though the investigation did not conclude whether save states were used to manipulate the game.

While Twin Galaxies does accept scores created on MAME, they are tracked in a different category from those created on authentic arcade hardware due to timing and control differences. "Twin Galaxies has experienced a nice big dose of that again with this dispute".

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Twin Galaxies' recent efforts to build a dispute system for the objective of allowing scores to be questioned in a centralized and documented manner have enabled all of the available evidence regarding Billy Mitchell's score performances to finally, after many years, be concentrated, examined and discussed by non-anonymous members of the gaming community and Twin Galaxies administration.

"Anyone looking into their own past with honesty and a desire to improve will likely find things potentially messy and uncomfortable", the management writes.

Just as in other disputes, we definitely know that many in the gaming community operate with a general urgency and would have preferred to see this matter resolved more swiftly.

But his most notable onscreen appearance came in future "Horrible Bosses" and "Baywatch" (2017) director Seth Gordon's 2007 film, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters".

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