Saturday, 15 December, 2018

The King of Kong banned by Twin Galaxies, scores removed

Enlarge  Artist's conception of Mitchell reacting to the news Enlarge Artist's conception of Mitchell reacting to the news
Adrian Cunningham | 13 April, 2018, 03:04

Mitchell came to prominence in the 1980s for his arcade-gaming skills. Successive years had seen this pattern of beating scores and being surpassed continue, ultimately resulting in being featured in the Guinness Book of World Records numerous times such as for the first flawless score on PAC-MAN.

The site has concluded that an "original DK arcade PCB did not output the display" when Mitchell recorded his high scores, invalidating them immediately.

Unfortunately. both Mitchell and Wiebe's score has since been beaten by Robbie Lakeman, with a score of 1,141,800 which he achieved in 2014. That misrepresentation is enough to pull his scores, but it also opens a massive window for cheating because emulation software has built-in tools to make games easier.

They said that following a long investigation, they discovered that Billy Mitchell's world famous Donkey Kong score of 1,047,200 was not actually achieved on an arcade machine, but with an emulator.

Despite the documentary being filmed in the early 2000s, it seems Twin Galaxies have recently been researching these results for the past couple of months following one player filing a dispute.

Most damning for Mitchell is that even the investigator that he brought in to examine the facts on his behalf agreed with Young's determination. 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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Billy Mitchell had been afforded the opportunity to dispute the investigation and supply additional evidence to support his original scores as being authentic but he ultimately declined to do so. Now he is the embodiment of what looks like a corrupt scene full of cronyism. 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.

Now, with Mitchell banned, Twin Galaxies wants to use this moment to begin rebuilding its reputation. Unknown is whether the same record will continue to stand via the Guinness Book of World Records, or whether it will similarly be changed to reflect the Twin Galaxies decision.

For those who were sucked in by King of Kong's underdog tale and the various injustices portrayed, satisfaction has finally arrived - 11 years later.

His record of being the first person to achieve a score of one million in the game now passes to King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters co-star, Steve Wiebe.

Note that this process also removes all of his scores, not just those related to Donkey Kong and the recent accusations.