King of Kong's Billy Mitchell is a cheat, stripped of records

Donkey Kong Record Holder Billy Mitchell is Stripped of High Score and Banned

Officials at the retro-gaming records website Twin Galaxies concluded a two-month investigation on Thursday into allegations that Mitchell's scores in Donkey Kong were not achieved on arcade hardware, but rather through the MAME software emulation program.

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum. According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the official 1st million point record holder. All other scores and records Mitchell has held have also been removed and he has been banned form future competitions.

Billy Mitchell is known as the first man to play a million-point game in Donkey Kong, and also one of the few people in the world to ever play a flawless game of PAC-MAN.

The advantage of Mitchell's emulator is unknown, but it could have included things like save states (so he could try again from a certain point if he died) or allowed him to alter certain aspects of the game to more easily progress further and further. In this claim, Jeremey Young asserted that the transition images shown in Mitchell's various score videos, including the King of Kong documentary, couldn't have been produced by an original, unmodified Donkey Kong machine. And most importantly, Steve Wiebe is now officially the first player in history to score a million points on Donkey Kong.

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"Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread", the company said in an official statement, "Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously made a decision to remove all of Billy Mitchell's' scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards".

Spliced or not, though, the determination that Mitchell submitted MAME footage as "direct feed" video from original hardware-and lied about it consistently over the years-was central to Twin Galaxies' decision. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified Donkey Kong PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion".

"Hopefully it is becoming more and more obvious that we care very much about our scoreboard integrity and will continue to improve it step-by-step, no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be", said Twin Galaxies. A man named Jeremy Young noticed the discrepancies in his footage, and brought it to the attention of Twin Galaxies back in February.

"We must repeat, the truth is the priority".

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