The King of Kong Was a Cheater After All

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Mitchell, who still holds the Guinness world record for the first ideal Pac-Man score, could not be reached for immediate comment. The film followed the battle between two exceptional retro gamers, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, for the all-time high score on Donkey Kong, with Mitchell prevailing in the end.

Legendary video arcade games player Billy Mitchell will be wiped from the gaming industry's official list of record high scores. This ruling means that Steve Wiebe is now, officially, the first million-point Donkey Kong record holder.

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. Now that Mitchell has been deposed from his throne, Twin Galaxies notes that Wiebe has become the new official record holder. The following investigation has led to Mitchell's banishment from Twin Galaxies as a competitor. It's like seeing the "Game Over" screen and realizing you've run out of quarters.

Carlos Piniero, who Mitchell "engaged to help examine the dispute case claims on his behalf", made a final finding that was "consistent with Twin Galaxies investigation and others", the scoreboard administrators wrote. Twin Galaxies, a company that tracks video game records and high scores and relays them to Guinness World Records, released a statement that rescinds all previous records held by Mitchell. This means that players can not use emulators or any other software to play the game.

The main reason for this is his suspected use of MAME (emulation software) to achieve his scores, as opposed to using original arcade hardware.

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"When I absolutely had the good fortune to get the score on Donkey Kong and I turned around, one of the people shaking my hand, one of the people patting me on the back was Pete Bouvier, owner of Twin Galaxies". It would also mean testing visual effects software and anything else we can think of to be definitively certain. This kind of testing is beyond the scope of the dispute case needs.

From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original DK arcade PCB as per the competitive rules. Many are wondering how one could cheat at an arcade game, something that Mitchell was able to do years ago. More recently, however, his scores have come under increased scrutiny.

We must repeat, the truth is the priority.

The ban has no effect on the current world record in Donkey Kong, which now sits at the 1.247 million points set by Robbie Lakeman in February.

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