If the name Billy Mitchell means anything to you it's probably as the villain of the excellent videogame documentary The King of Kong. Where challenger, and all-round nice-guy Steve Wiebe attempted to beat Mitchell's decades standing Donkey Kong arcade high score. During the film it was revealed that the first 1 million plus Donkey Kong score, by Mitchell, was submitted on tape to score keepers Twin Galaxies.
Who quickly admitted the entry based on the fact that Billy Mitchell was seen as some sort of videogame god and ambassador of mullet-based talent. After filming Steve Wiebe was also able to hit the 1-million plus score in a Donkey Kong run, matching Mitchell's performance.
Here's the thing though, due to the success of the documentary several people began playing the original arcade Donkey Kong in hopes of beating the high score. Where now several other players hold the top spots.
Today though comes an announcement from Twin Galaxies that confirms that the infamous Billy Mitchell tape was in fact captured via emulation software MAME and not a real Donkey Kong arcade board. A big no-no.
Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell’s’ scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards.
We have notified Guinness World Records of our decision.
Twin Galaxies member Jeremey Young (@xelnia) filed a dispute claim assertion against the validity of Billy Mitchell’s historical and current original arcade Donkey Kong score performances of 1,047,200 (the King of Kong "tape"), 1,050,200 (the Mortgage Brokers score), and 1,062,800 (the Boomers score) on the technical basis of a demonstrated impossibility of original unmodified Donkey Kong arcade hardware to produce specific board transition images shown in the videotaped recordings of those adjudicated performances.
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 (emulation software.)
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.
Which means that as of now Steve Wiebe is in fact the first player to ever crack 1 million in Donkey Kong - legitimately. A happy ending for those that felt Billy Mitchell got off easy at the end of The King of Kong.