Donkey Kong record holder Brian Mitchell stripped of high scores

Donkey Kong record holder Brian Mitchell stripped of high scores

Donkey Kong record holder Brian Mitchell stripped of high scores

The move means that the organization now recognizes Steve Wiebe as the first player to achieve a million-point game in Donkey Kong, a question central to the 2007 cult classic documentary The King of Kong.

They said that following a long investigation, they discovered that Billy Mitchell's world famous Donkey Kong score of 1,047,200 was not actually achieved on an arcade machine, but with an emulator. "This dispute is ACCEPTED".

While we know for certain that an unmodified original DK arcade PCB did not output the display seen in the videotaped score performances, we can not definitively conclude that what is on the tapes is MAME.

This is a dark day for Mitchell, who rose to prominence in the retro arcade gaming scene for a series of high scores throughout the years. The video below shows evidence of Mitchell using MAME rather than real hardware. There were long-running suspicions that Mitchell's games were not played correctly to be considered for the high score record, and this ruling sets them to rest. This means that players can not use emulators or any other software to play 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. Mitchell continues to hold the record as the first person to achieve a ideal score in Pac-Man in 1999. Along with Twin Galaxies findings, third parties were also consulted in this matter. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified DK arcade PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion". The doc continues to show Mitchell, attempt to, and unsuccessfully debunk Wiebe's score (though his score is thrown out anyway), to then eventually and miraculously sharing a video tape of him achieving a much better score which Twin Galaxies, the biggest tracker of video game scores, is more than happy to accept.

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.

Anyone looking into their own past with honesty and a desire to improve will likely find things potentially messy and uncomfortable. When playing the game on an emulator, when you slow the footage down, you can visibly see the stage assets load up differently.

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