Billy Mitchell, the guy with the long hair and American flag ties from the King of Kong documentary, has been officially stripped of his Donkey Kong world record breaking high scores and banned from competition by Twin Galaxies. Twin Galaxies is the world's largest record tracking for video games and has been around since the early 1980s. Mitchell has not commented on the situation as of yet, but he is suing YouTuber Apollo Legend for presenting enough evidence publicly for Twin Galaxies to conduct an investigation of their own.
Billy Mitchell is seen as the somewhat shady character in the 2007 King of Kong documentary. He's smug and overly confident while his competition is Steve Wiebe is the nice guy underdog. Wiebe initially beats Mitchell's previous Donkey Kong score and becomes the first person to document a million-plus score on an original arcade machine. However, moments later in the documentary, Billy Mitchell sends person to deliver a mysterious tape that proves that he actually beat Wiebe's score.
The tape seems too good to be true from the start, as seen in King of Kong. But, Twin Galaxies puts the score up anyway, sending Steve Wiebe home packing. Now, 11 years later, the tables have turned. Twin Galaxies had this to say.
"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."
Steve Wiebe, much like Billy Mitchell, has not made an official statement in regard to the official findings that Mitchell cheated yet. Many are wondering how one could cheat at an arcade game, something that Mitchell was able to do years ago.
Billy Mitchell was able to cheat at Donkey Kong, as well as many other video games, by playing the game on an Emulator, or MAME board. By using an emulator, players can pause the game, create save states and use cheats as well to easily acquire high scores. Twin Galaxies explains their rules.
"The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only. The use of MAME or any other emulation software for submission to these leaderboards is strictly forbidden."
Billy Mitchell has only provided video for the Donkey Kong play through where he allegedly beat Steve Wiebe, which is public domain. Other record holding videos were never provided and Twin Galaxies put them up out of trust.
In the video that Billy Mitchell provided, there are a number of definitive signs that he's using an emulator as opposed to the original arcade game of Donkey Kong. The way the emulator loads screens is a lot different from the way that the original arcade machine does, which has been pointed out in Apollo Legend's YouTube video. Additionally, to make up for some other glitches that the emulator does, the video provides doctored glitches of its own, to make it look like the tape is responsible. All in all, fans of the King of Kong documentary will be happy to know that Steve Wiebe is the true champion of Donkey Kong, which most people have known for over 10 years. You can read more about the Twin Galaxies decision to ban Billy Mitchell at Variety and watch the Apollo Legend video below.