Twin Galaxies Investigation Leads To Billy Mitchell's Scores Being Revoked

Donkey Kong Record Holder Billy Mitchell is Stripped of High Score and Banned

The monumental decision comes just months after charges were brought against Mitchell, claiming that his high-score runs in Donkey Kong were achieved on an emulator, and not while playing on an original, unmodified, arcade cabinet motherboard.

Billy Mitchell is possibly one of the finest real-life movie villains of all time, and he's now proved everyone who hated him right, as he's been rocked by a cheating scandal.

Twin Galaxies does have a separate category for MAME scores, but they are less prestigious as emulator versions can subtly differ from their arcade counterparts, and MAME recordings can be altered. Posting scores from MAME is not disallowed, but misrepresenting them as arcade scores is. "From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original DK arcade PCB [printed circuit board] as per the competitive rules", the site administration writes. 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.

"Twin Galaxies has meticulously tested and investigated the dispute case assertions as well as a number of relevant contingent factors, such as the veracity of the actual video performances that the dispute claim assertions rely upon", reads Twin Galaxies' statement. Twin Galaxies found that Mitchell's high score was achieved through emulation and not actual arcade hardware, which is a stipulation Twin Galaxies imposes when recognizing potential world records.


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. "This has been said before, but it is important to repeat that Twin Galaxies is dedicated to absolutely rooting out invalid scores from our historic database wherever we find them".

For those who were sucked in by King of Kong's underdog tale and the various injustices portrayed, satisfaction has finally arrived - 11 years later.

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum. He was trying to defend his high score for Donkey Kong from the more likable Steve Wiebe who is a legit gamer.

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