Donkey Kong 'King' Billy Mitchell loses crown after Twin Galaxies ban

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell

You may have previously known "expert" gamer Billy Mitchell for previously being one of the best arcade gamers for the likes of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and more.

Rather than attempt to prove which emulator was used, Twin Galaxies chose to simply discover for certain that the board transition images were not possible with unmodified hardware. MAME recordings can also be stitched together from multiple plays and saved inputs, ensuring beneficial random luck and allowing mistakes to be erased through subsequent recordings. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified DK arcade PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion". The removal of his scores will stand, and more notably he is now officially banned from submitting scores to Twin Galaxies - and by extension the Guinness World Records organization.

The investigation started in February when a fellow Twin Galaxies member filed a dispute claim.

"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", reads a statement.

"The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only", writes Twin Galaxies. As for Twin Galaxies, it confirmed that it provided Mitchell with a chance to defend his scores. Twin Galaxies has released a statement saying that Mitchell has been stripped of his records and banned from competition, after it was proven that his videotaped recordings of his record-holding games included board transitions that could only have been achieved using emulation software. The management says these moves to purge high-profile scores from its database highlight a new focus on "scoreboard integrity", which it seeks to improve "no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be".

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. The site is also stripping any other scores from other games that the King of Kong has posted.

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.

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