The world’s largest tracker of video game world records, Twin Galaxies, has announced that they will no longer accept scores from Billy Mitchell. Best known for his leading role in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, where Steve Wiebe challenges Mitchell’s then-record high score in the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, Billy Mitchell’s high scores were recently called into question. This story started a couple of months back when it began to be suspected that Mitchell had used an emulator rather than standard arcade machines.
Now, after months of research by Twin Galaxies administrators, they have decided that they will no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first one million point
Donkey Kong record holder. This means that Steve Wiebe is now recognized as the official first one million point record holder. According to Twin Galaxies’s analysis, Mitchell’s famous Donkey Kong score of 1,047,200 was not achieved on an arcade machine, which is a requirement for Twin Galaxies and Guinness, but instead appears to have been performed on emulation software.
“Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell’s’ scores as well as banning him from participating in our competitive leaderboards.”
“The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade “Donkey Kong” competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only. The use of MAME or any other emulation software for submission to these leaderboards is strictly forbidden.”
— Twin Galaxies
Twin Galaxies weren’t the only ones involved in the investigation, as at least two different third parties conducted their own research and came to identical conclusions. “Additionally,” according to the statement, “during the evidence gathering period of this dispute, numerous experts, hobbyists, and casual observers participated and contributed to this investigation.”
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