Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

What exactly is going on with the disgraced 'king of Donkey Kong'?

Video gamer Billy Mitchell at an event in Schaumburg Ill. in 2015 Video gamer Billy Mitchell at an event in Schaumburg Ill. in 2015
Theresa Hayes | 17 April, 2018, 03:54

Last week, pro arcade gamer Billy Mitchell was stripped of his world-record high scores on Donkey Kong and Pac-Man after Twin Galaxies launched an investigation and determined he violated guidelines in attaining his high scores. Mitchell goes on to claim that his investigation will uphold the integrity of his claims, proving that his scores were done professionally and legitimately.

You can check out his full statement in the video above.

Only time will tell what Mitchell's investigation will bring, or if Twin Galaxies and Guinness will even consider any evidence that's uncovered. The registry was founded by Walter Day in1982 and has always been recognized as a reputable source of verified high scores by the gaming community and by the Guinness Book of World Records. King of Kong referenced that that he was a referee and on the board of directors. 'All the things that were happening at the time... like why he didn't come out and play me, and why he was inciting whose records were going to be authenticated and who's were going to be dropped.

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

Everything will be transparent, everything will be available, I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. "Witnesses, documents, everything will be available to you". We've been at this since 1982, and it's not gonna stop now. "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".

While Mitchell making a new attempt at the Donkey Kong world record would have been a more entertaining, if dramatic response, this story clearly isn't over just yet.