High score record-keeping site Twin Galaxies has removed all of Billy Mitchell's rankings from its database and banned him from competition following accusations of wrong-doing relating to the classic Nintendo title Donkey Kong.
Earlier this year, Mitchell's scores were called into doubt by Donkey Kong Forum moderator and scoreboard maintainer Jeremy "Xelnia" Young, who claimed video evidence suggests that three 1,000,000+ point scores submitted by Mitchell were achieved under emulation rather than original arcade hardware.
Mitchell quickly refuted these claims, claiming that the tape he submitted had somehow been swapped. Young responded by stating that Mitchell's claim "does not make sense".
It would seem that Twin Galaxies - which launched its own investigation following these accusations - agrees with Young. It has issued a statement on the matter, broadcasting its belief that Mitchell did not use original arcade hardware to achieve his scores:
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.
Mitchell and Wiebe's epic battle was made world famous by the movie King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (a movie the former claims not to have seen, even to this day), but Mitchell had achieved fame as a high score-chaser in the '80s, during gaming's first golden era. His other scores were achieved on games like Pac-Man, BurgerTime and Centipede. He also claims to be the first person to discover Donkey Kong's infamous "kill screen". Link
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