Billy 'King of Kong' Mitchell's 'Donkey Kong' scores were a lie

Billy Mitchell in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong

Billy Mitchell in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong Credit Film Stills

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. In that film, Wiebe scored over 1 million points, but he faced resistance from a Twin Galaxies organization that was close and protective of Mitchell. As of Thursday, he has been officially stripped of his Donkey Kong and other videogame high scores, as well as being banned from submitting any future scores to Twin Galaxies. The company commented on the matter as such, stating that the duspute was "meticulously tested and investigated" and the "veracity" of video performances exmained as well.

Steve Wiebe, much like Billy Mitchell, has not made an official statement in regard to the official findings that Mitchell cheated yet.

The news vindicates gaming community members who called into question Mitchell's scores and Twin Galaxies' credibility in continuing to back them. The group, which tracks video game world records, notified the Guinness World Records of its decision.

Mitchell appeared in the 2007 documentary, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters". We have several different and unique sources of these performances and access to private historical Twin Galaxies referee e-mail distribution records showing where these sources acquired their copies and what the goal was.

After conducting a thorough examination, TG investigators determined that the footage Mitchell supplied to the registrar was not recorded using original arcade hardware.

"Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread", the company said in an official statement, "Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously chose to remove all of Billy Mitchell's' scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards".

The top spot now belongs to Steve Wiebe.

I've reached out to Billy Mitchell, who has previously suggested that this dispute is the result of a vast conspiracy against him, but he has not responded to my requests. What I'm disputing is the fact that I want him to have the original tape.

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. "Twin Galaxies has experienced a nice big dose of that again with this dispute". Mitchell holds Guinness World Records for his respective "Donkey Kong" and "Pac-Man" achievements.

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