Competitive Gamer Billy Mitchell Responds To His High Scores Getting Removed

What's going on with the disgraced Donkey Kong champion

The organization that oversees records has stripped a top gamer of his high scores in Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, reports Polygon. Twin Galaxies is the organization that officially tracks high scores and rankings, and submits relevant information to Guinness World Records.

Mitchell has promised to prove his scores are valid. And for a long time, he held an officially recognized high score of 1,062,8000 points. "Twin Galaxies was the original source of verification for these record titles and in line with their decision to remove all of Mr. Mitchell's records from their system, we have disqualified Mr. Mitchell as the holder of these two records".

Suspicions grew over time, and more recently Twin Galaxies opened an investigation into Mitchell's score submissions.

It appears that he was actually playing the games on a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), which is against Twin Galaxy Rules, and a video of the record-breaking game of Donkey Kong shows transitions between levels which are not possible on an original arcade machine. "Our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion".

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There's no denying that Mitchell is a ridiculously skilled video game player, his flawless Pac-Man score is a mind-boggling feat of memory, patience and pixel-perfect control, but, as this situation continues, the Floridian native risks this recent revelation becoming the defining mark for his entire gaming career.

Mitchell earned the nickname "King of Kong", and also featured in a 2007 documentary of the same name about the world of competitive video gaming. The filmed followed Kong player Steve Wiebe's attempt to beat Mitchell's record on Donkey Kong. Today, Mitchell has released a video responding to everything that has happened.

"In a professional manner, not in a shock jock mentality, designed to create hits" states Mitchell.

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