King of Kong Villain Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records

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After years of enjoying his reign at the top of the Donkey Kong leaderboard, legendary arcade gamer Billy Mitchell has officially fallen from grace.

Billy Mitchell is known as the first man to play a million-point game in Donkey Kong, and also one of the few people in the world to ever play a ideal game of PAC-MAN. I've reached out to the publishers of The Guinness Book of World Records for a statement.

The site has concluded that an "original DK arcade PCB did not output the display" when Mitchell recorded his high scores, invalidating them immediately.

A film poster for The King of Kong stands at the documentary's 2007 premiere in New York City
View Slideshow A film poster for The King of Kong stands at the documentary's 2007 premiere in New York City

Website Twin Galaxies usually records high scores, but today they have made a statement that they have removed all of Billy Mitchell's high scores from their rankings.

Now, with Mitchell banned, Twin Galaxies wants to use this moment to begin rebuilding its reputation. The VHS footage of Mitchell's record was undoubtedly spliced so he could pass off his record as legitimate.

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.

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"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 [printed circuit board] as per the competitive rules", said Twin Galaxies.

Twin Galaxies clarifies its stand on the subject by stating: "The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only".

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum. The ruling comes after a decade of debate, during which Twin Galaxies "meticulously tested and investigated" Mitchell's claims and alleged record-breaking tapes.

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The current Guinness World Record for highest ever recorded score in the game is held by Robbie Lakeman, who achieved a score of 1,247,000 in February. Rogers, it's important to note, was the official witness and Twin Galaxies referee that previously confirmed many of Mitchell's scores for the scoreboard.

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. However, Twin Galaxies understands that this is required for it to continue its commitment to accuracy.

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