Billy Mitchell stripped of all records on Twin Galaxies

Billy Mitchell stripped of all records on Twin Galaxies

Billy Mitchell is seen as the somewhat shady character in the 2007 King of Kong documentary. The complaint revolves around the fact that submitted scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong require the use of original arcade hardware and accused Billy Mitchell of using emulation software called MAME. In the 2007 documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Mitchell was seemingly the ideal antagonist for Steve Wiebe, a Donkey Kong player whose skills rivaled his own.

Mitchell came to prominence in the 1980s for his arcade-gaming skills. The footage that Mitchell submitted for his record scores was, apparently, judged to be fed from an emulator. Twin Galaxies had this to say.

"Throughout every step of this investigation, Billy Mitchell had the opportunity to answer questions and contribute to the public dispute thread", reads the statement.

Twin Galaxies, the American governing body that keeps track of arcade high scores, has finished an investigation into allegations that Michell achieved some of his famous high scores through unofficial means.

One clue that ignited Mitchell's downfall was his emulator's use of a transition screen that the original arcade game could not produce.

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In the end, Twin Galaxies decided that Mitchell's scores weren't indeed from an original Donkey Kong arcade cabinet, and while it doesn't matter if he ended up using the MAME emulator he was charged with, he was proven to have been using an "unsanctioned" machine to achieve his scores.

Twin Galaxies has meticulously tested and investigated the dispute case assertions as well as a number of relevant contingent factors, such as the veracity of the actual video performances that the dispute claim assertions rely upon.

Twin Galaxies concludes that, 'With this ruling Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the 1st million point Donkey Kong record holder.

Where things get really interesting, though, is when you consider that Twin Galaxies also now considers all of Mitchell's arcade records across all games to be invalid as well.

Finally, this is a moment of vindication for Steve Wiebe, who is the other king of Kong. Mitchell famously refused to compete against Wiebe in person, instead sending in a VHS recording of himself reaching a record-setting 1,047,200 high score, but it turns out the VHS recording of his play session held clues that Mitchell cheated. But because proving emulation would be far more involved and take even more time, TG settled on proving that the scores weren't the result of playing on an unmodified Donkey Kong PCB.

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