Billy Mitchell's 'Donkey Kong' scores scrapped after probe
Video game guru Billy Mitchell — who registered multiple scores exceeding a million points on “Donkey Kong” — had his high scores invalidated by a key gaming group after they determined he cheated.
An investigation carried out by Twin Galaxies — which has documented gaming records since 1981 — found that Mitchell set his high “Donkey Kong” marks while playing on a prohibited emulation system instead of an approved arcade machine.
“With this ruling, Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first million point ‘Donkey Kong’ record holder,” reads a post to the Twin Galaxies website.
Mitchell’s impressive gaming skills were chronicled on the 2007 documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” during which Mitchell recorded a 1,047,200-point score on “Donkey Kong.”
But that score was taken away from him by Twin Galaxies on Thursday, as was a 1,050,200-point performance he registered at a “Mortgage Brokers” tournament.
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“In addition to Twin Galaxies’ own investigation into the dispute case assertions, at least two different 3rd parties conducted their own explorations and came to identical conclusions,” Twin Galaxies said.
Twin Galaxies also banned Mitchell from taking part in future competitions as part of its ruling, and said it submitted its findings to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The investigation began after a member of Twin Galaxies, Jeremey Young, questioned whether Mitchell’s “Donkey Kong” scores were legit.
Twin Galaxies said it’s not currently unable to make a decision on a third score — a 1,062,800-point performance Mitchell recorded at a “Boomers” tournament.
Steve Wiebe, who was also featured in the “King of Kong” film, is now recognized by Twin Galaxies as the first person to score a million points on “Donkey Kong.”