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

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A SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival selection, "The King of Kong" was about an upstart named Steve Wiebe who scheduled multiple public challenges against no-show Mitchell. The group, which tracks video game world records, notified the Guinness World Records of its decision.

After a few months of investigations and gathering evidence, Twin Galaxies has finally reached a verdict in the allegations against Billy Mitchell. His official high scores from Donkey Kong have been stripped as of Thursday, and he has been banned from submitting any future scores for consideration. This effectively ends his career in competitive gaming.

Famous video game player Billy Mitchell is perhaps best known for having been the first Donkey Kong player in the world to score a million points and achieved world record high scores of several arcade games since the 1980s.

Typically, judges have to be present in-person to see watch competitors play through their record runs, but for some reason, Mitchell was allowed to send in footage of his Donkey Kong playthrough as proof of his achievement. Avoid the barrels and leave us a comment below!

"From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original [Donkey Kong (DK)] arcade [printed circuit board (PCB)] as per the competitive rules", Twin Galazies said in its statement. He instead used MAME, an emulation software, which is forbidden. This kind of testing is beyond the scope of the dispute case needs.

Twin Galaxies has also investigated this matter as comprehensively as reasonably possible to make sure that its findings are as informed as possible.

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.

"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. More recently, however, his scores have come under increased scrutiny.

The organization is widely respected as the authority on gaming records worldwide, and the administrative board has voted to strip Donkey Kong player Billy Mitchell of his world record scores. You've probably seen him in a picture standing next to a Donkey Kong arcade machine with his glistening mullet.

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.

We must repeat, the truth is the priority.

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