Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Donkey Kong ace stripped of standing

Donkey Kong ace stripped of standing

After extensive research, it was determined that Mitchell used a MAME, or a Multi Arcade Machine Emulator, instead of an official arcade machine.

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum.

This decision means that Steve Wiebe is the first person to hit the 1,000,000 point record in Donkey Kong. But now, every single one of Mitchell's records has been erased from Twin Galaxies' record books.

For those of you who have watched the video game documentary, The King of Kong, you'll be familiar of the story of Billy Mitchel and fresh-faced contender Steve Wiebe who came out of nowhere to become the first to achieve a score of over a million on the arcade version of Donkey Kong.

Now, with Mitchell banned, Twin Galaxies wants to use this moment to begin rebuilding its reputation.

The former world-record holder's high score was investigated by Twin Galaxies, an organization that specializes in video game related world records. All of Mitchell's previous scores been removed from the leaderboards, and he has also been banned from participating in the competitive leaderboards in the future.

Spliced or not, though, the determination that Mitchell submitted MAME footage as "direct feed" video from original hardware-and lied about it consistently over the years-was central to Twin Galaxies' decision.

The site has concluded that an "original DK arcade PCB did not output the display" when Mitchell recorded his high scores, invalidating them immediately.

Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum after frame-by-frame analysis of the board transitions showed visual artifacts unique to a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) version of the game. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified DK arcade PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion".

More specifically, it seems that Young was able to prove to Twin Galaxies' satisfaction that specific "board transition images" in the Mitchell footage simply couldn't be generated through an official arcade cabinet.

"Hopefully it is becoming more and more obvious 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", said Twin Galaxies.

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