Fall Of King Of Kong: Donkey Kong Champion Billy Mitchell Stripped Of High Scores

Roughly 12 years ago, an interesting documentary about an obscure subject was released. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. 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. But was it all too good to be true?

It was announced today by Twin Galaxies, who logs and helps Guinness verify gaming world records, that Billy Mitchell has been stripped of his records, for cheating. A statement from Twin Galaxies follows below:

“With this ruling, Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first million point ‘Donkey Kong’ record holder. According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the official 1st million point record holder.”

After extensive research, it was determined that Mitchell used a MAME, or a Multi Arcade Machine Emulator, instead of an official arcade machine.

More from the statement:

“The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only. The use of MAME or any other emulation software for submission to these leaderboards is strictly forbidden.”

This news will likely be satisfying to most folks that watched the documentary, as Mitchell was more or less the villain of the piece. Mitchell came off as smug and generally unlikeable, whereas Wiebe was portrayed as a guy you could get behind and root for.

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Source: Variety

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