The King of Kong Was a Cheater After All

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At the time the high score was held by Mitchell, hot-sauce mogul and terrible-tie-wearer; Wiebe beat Mitchell's high score, but Mitchell contested it because it was taped, before submitting his own tape where he was the first to score over a million on the game. As of Thursday, he has been officially stripped of his Donkey Kong and other videogame high scores, as well as being banned from submitting any future scores to Twin Galaxies. Unknown is whether the same record will continue to stand via the Guinness Book of World Records, or whether it will similarly be changed to reflect the Twin Galaxies decision.

"Jeremy's assertion concluded that not only can original Donkey Kong arcade hardware not produce the board transition images shown in the recordings, but that these transitions were actually generated through the use of MAME".

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. The emulation software is strictly forbidden for record submissions for the classic arcade-style games.

Just as in other disputes, we definitely know that many in the gaming community operate with a general urgency and would have preferred to see this matter resolved more swiftly.

Despite the documentary being filmed in the early 2000s, it seems Twin Galaxies have recently been researching these results for the past couple of months following one player filing a dispute. But, Twin Galaxies puts the score up anyway, sending Steve Wiebe home packing. Turns out, according to their findings, the score wasn't achieved through an arcade machine - required by both Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records - but an emulator.

Twin Galaxies did give Mitchell opportunities to answer questions during the dispute, but he did not choose to do so.

Twin Galaxies' recent efforts to build a dispute system for the goal of allowing scores to be questioned in a centralized and documented manner have enabled all of the available evidence regarding Billy Mitchell's score performances to finally, after many years, be concentrated, examined and discussed by non-anonymous members of the gaming community and Twin Galaxies administration.

However, Twin Galaxies, as part of a comprehensive process and in its position of authority, must ensure due diligence. That is the concern.

"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. Wiebe went on to achieve a score of 1,049,100 points in his garage at home.

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