Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong High Scores Deleted

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is seen as the somewhat shady character in the 2007 King of Kong documentary.

Twin Galaxies, the preeminent source (and adjudicator) for video game records worldwide, has made a decision to strip Mitchell of his infamous Donkey Kong records after months of investigation revealed he cheated to produce his high scores.

In other news, the current world record holder for the highest score in Donkey Kong is held by Robbie Lakeman. Opposing him on the top of the Donkey Kong leaderboards was Billy Mitchell; an old-school arcade gamer who basically built his entire life around his high scores.

Whatever the case, Billy Mitchell has always been regarded a king of gaming records, termed "Gamer of the Century" by game developers who were shocked as his gaming performances that included a flawless score in Pac-Man.

This morning, Mitchell was stripped of both of those accolades, and all of his high scores have been removed from the records of competitive high-score sanctioning authority Twin Galaxies. Mitchell was previously the reigning champion of Donkey Kong and the first million-point record holder, and King of Kong chronicled nice-guy newcomer Steve Wiebe's attempt to topple the king.

Mitchell's downfall follows the similar fate of Todd Rogers, who was also banned from the scoreboard after being found to have lied about achieving an unachievable score on the Atari 2600 game Dragster. Wiebe went on to achieve a score of 1,049,100 points in his garage at home. Third-party investigators hired by Mitchell even came to the same conclusion: even if he didn't necessarily cheat, per se, Mitchell's emulator-powered runs can't be allowed in the record books.

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In addition to removing Mitchell's Donkey Kong scores, Twin Galaxies stated that "Administrative staff has unanimously chose to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards". Any scores obtained on emulation software are not eligible for Twin Galaxies' leaderboards.

- The taped "Donkey Kong" score performances of 1,047,200 (the King of Kong "tape"), 1,050,200 (the Mortgage Brokers score) that were historically used by Twin Galaxies to substantiate those scores and place them in the database were not produced by the direct feed output of an original unmodified Donkey Kong Arcade PCB. The emulation software is strictly forbidden for record submissions for the classic arcade-style games.

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.

Billy Mitchell was revered as one of the most legendary gamers of all time. As we all have learned, this can not occur overnight and must be a step-by-step process.

The tape seems too good to be true from the start, as seen in King of Kong.

We must repeat, the truth is the priority.

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