Billy Mitchell Issues Official Response to Twin Galaxies Donkey Kong Cheating Allegations

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell Issues Official Response to Twin Galaxies Donkey Kong Cheating Allegations

Mitchell, speaking with his affiliated publication Old School Gamer Magazine, has promised to reveal new information that will apparently prove that he did not cheat in his efforts to bag the high-score in the retro classic.

But the vintage gamer was stripped of those achievements this week by Guinness World Records after organization Twin Galaxies, which referees arcade games, revealed that it had discovered he had achieved his high scores using a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), in other words, software that can create a copy of a game.

The disgraced King of Kong allegedly did wrong, and now he's working to restore his tarnished reputation.

The Donkey Kong champ - whose rivalry with Redmond, Wash. schoolteacher Steve Wiebe was documented in the 2007 release King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters - is embroiled in scandal.

While Twin Galaxies has not yet commented on Mitchell's statement, management and staff of the registry have many times stated that the integrity of the leaderboards is their biggest concern.

I've been asked to address things that are recently in the media. When you hit a baddie with a hammer in the game, you are awarded a slightly randomised amount of points, but statistical analysis of the points awarded in Mitchell's record-breaking run suggests that something was off. "Everything will be available", Mitchell states in the video. "We will show that everything was done professionally, according to the rules, according to the scoreboard".

Everything will be transparent, everything will be available, I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. You absolutely have my commitment to that. One can't help but wonder if anyone would care about this story had Mitchell not played this charismatic "villainous" persona, and how much of the ongoing drive to usurp his scores was founded in wanting to see the "baddie" fall from grace.

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