Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong High Scores Deleted

Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong High Scores Deleted

Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong High Scores Deleted

The footage that Mitchell submitted for his record scores was, apparently, judged to be fed from an emulator.

Billy Mitchell was the subject of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong along with fellow Donkey Kong competitor Steve Wiebe as the two competed against each other to retain their high score record titles.

Wiebe has retired from pursuing the Donkey Kong score, and he rarely comments on the game or his feud with Mitchell publicly.

The top spot now belongs to Steve Wiebe. For scores to be verified and accepted by Twin Galaxies, all scores must be achieved on original hardware, and until very recently, it was believed that Mitchell had produced his scores legitimately.

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.

Rather than attempt to prove which emulator was used, Twin Galaxies chose to simply discover for certain that the board transition images were not possible with unmodified hardware. Twin Galaxies came to the conclusion that Mitchell used an emulator that looked and played nearly exactly like the original Donkey Kong from 1981, but gave Mitchell a unique edge over players using the original, unaltered version of the game.

The result? Twin Galaxies administrative staff "unanimously made a decision to remove all of Bill Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards", a statement reads.

Mitchell hasn't held the Donkey Kong record since 2010, which is now held by Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700. All they needed to close this case was proof that the game was not running on original hardware.

The site has concluded that an "original DK arcade PCB did not output the display" when Mitchell recorded his high scores, invalidating them immediately. Other third parties came to the same conclusion as Twin Galaxies - even the third party whom Mitchell himself brought in to examine the claims on his behalf. What this means is that the high scores were not achieved on an arcade machine, which is an official requirement. The management says these moves to purge high-profile scores from its database highlight a new focus on "scoreboard integrity", which it seeks to improve "no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be".

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