Billy Mitchell responds to Kongtroversy, claims he can prove scores were legitimate

  • Billy Mitchell responds to Kongtroversy, claims he can prove scores were legitimate

Billy Mitchell responds to Kongtroversy, claims he can prove scores were legitimate

The official gatekeepers of Donkey Kong history, Twin Galaxies, last week disqualified Mitchell's high scores and banned him from future competition after finding evidence that he used emulating software, opening up the possibility of cheating in any number of ways, rather than an unmodified arcade game that is required for official high score record keeping. Mitchell goes on to claim that his investigation will uphold the integrity of his claims, proving that his scores were done professionally and legitimately.

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 rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leader boards requires the use of original arcade hardware only", the organization said in a statement. And for a long time, he held an officially recognized high score of 1,062,8000 points.

Twin Galaxies has not responded to Mitchell's message, but seeing as how records are at stake we imagine this story is far from finished.

In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores. An investigation was launched into the video footage taken of each of the high-scoring games. In 1999, he was recorded as the first gamer to notch a flawless score on Pac-Man.

The documentary, released in 2007, focused on attempts by newcomer Steve Wiebe to surpass Mitchell's high score, which he had set in 1982. The documentary also focused on Mitchell's video submissions and the speculation that at least one of the tapes he sent to Twin Galaxies was fraudulent.