While the situation is bad for Mitchell, it benefits Steve Wiebe, another gaming legend who also starred in King of Kong.
Famous video game player Billy Mitchell is perhaps best known for having been the first Donkey Kong player in the world to score a million points and achieved world record high scores of several arcade games since the 1980s.
Mitchell hasn't held the Donkey Kong record since 2010, which is now held by Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700.
Twin Galaxies Donkey Kong Forum moderator Jeremy Young claimed this February that Mitchell had used an emulator (hardware or software that mimics another computer's behavior) called MAME to get his historic score. As it turns out, Mitchell's score of 1,047,200 is not legitimate because it wasn't actually achieved on an arcade machine. That's right, he cheated.
After a few months of investigations and gathering evidence, Twin Galaxies has finally reached a verdict in the allegations against Billy Mitchell. Twin Galaxies has also informed Guinness World Records of its decision.
This morning, Mitchell was stripped of both of those accolades, and all of his high scores have been removed from the records of competitive high-score sanctioning authority Twin Galaxies. Wiebe also appeared in the film as Mitchell's main challenger. Third-party investigators hired by Mitchell even came to the same conclusion: even if he didn't necessarily cheat, per se, Mitchell's emulator-powered runs can't be allowed in the record books. This means that players can not use emulators or any other software to play the game. Twin Galaxies' stats inform Guinness World Records superlatives, and Twin Galaxies has made Guinness World Records aware of its findings.More news: Digital Day 2018 Highlights EU Blockchain Partnership Initiative
"From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original [Donkey Kong (DK)] arcade [printed circuit board (PCB)] as per the competitive rules", Twin Galazies said in its statement.
The 1,047,200 and 1,050,200 score performance videos are, in fact, the performances that were used by previous Twin Galaxies administration as justification for those scores to be entered into the database and for Twin Galaxies to attribute those specific accomplishments to Billy Mitchell.
Billy Mitchell was revered as one of the most legendary gamers of all time. Twin Galaxies has experienced a nice big dose of that again with this dispute.
What do you think about the fall of Mitchell's Donkey Kong scores?
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".