Arts&Culture

Longtime 'Donkey Kong' record holder gets high scores stripped away

Longtime 'Donkey Kong' record holder gets high scores stripped away

Billy Mitchell is seen as the somewhat shady character in the 2007 King of Kong documentary.

Now one of the biggest controversies that had been raised was that Mitchell had been setting scores on Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. on a MAME board, which means he wasn't actually playing the original game but a one modified to modern standards, merely emulated.

In other news, the current world record holder for the highest score in Donkey Kong is held by Robbie Lakeman.

The competitive arcade gamer, hot sauce magnate, and self-styled American icon was found this week to have achieved several of his high scores on a emulators - not the original arcade machines required by Twin Galaxies' scorekeepers. The footage that Mitchell submitted for his record scores was, apparently, judged to be fed from an emulator.

Mitchell was a figure of outsized importance in the community of video game record seekers, widely hailed for playing the first flawless game of Pac-Man in 1999 (a record Twin Galaxies no longer recognizes). And most importantly, Steve Wiebe is now officially the first player in history to score a million points on Donkey Kong. Wiebe also appeared in the film as Mitchell's main challenger. Wiebe went on to achieve a score of 1,049,100 points in his garage at home.

According to the official statement from Twin Galaxies, at least two different third parties also conducted their own research and came to the exact same conclusions. He instead used MAME, an emulation software, which is forbidden. All of Mitchell's previous scores been removed from the leaderboards, and he has also been banned from participating in the competitive leaderboards in the future.

More news: Champions League: All four semi-finalists confirmed
More news: Ukraine returns to top 30 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rating
More news: Inter, Icardi non rinnova e la clausola fa tremare l'ambiente

The 1,062,800 performance doesn't have enough of a body of direct evidence for Twin Galaxies to make a definitive determination at this time.

His record profile on the Twin Galaxies website is now empty.

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.

Billy Mitchell is possibly one of the finest real-life movie villains of all time, and he's now proved everyone who hated him right, as he's been rocked by a cheating scandal. As we all have learned, this can not occur overnight and must be a step-by-step process.

In its statement, Twin Galaxies emphasizes it is evaluating score performances, not people, and that "we care very much about our scoreboard integrity and will continue to improve it step-by-step, no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be".

The tape seems too good to be true from the start, as seen in King of Kong.