‘King Of Kong’ Billy Mitchell Officially Stripped Of ‘Donkey Kong’ Titles Because He Cheated
Billy Mitchell was once the king of Kong and he is now just a mere mortal in the world of Donkey Kong. Mitchell was the villain (or hero) in The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a 2007 documentary about the world of competitive gaming. However, now Billy has been officially stripped of his Donkey Kong titles because he cheated. On the bright side, now Billy can focus more on his family’s restaurant and line of hot sauces.
In February, Billy was accused of cheating to win several titles including the 1981 arcade video game Donkey Kong. Jeremy “Xelnia” Young, the moderator of Donkey Kong Forum (DKF), alleged that he had evidence that Mitchell used an arcade cabinet emulator to attain high scores.
This week, Twin Galaxies, an organization that recognizes world records in gaming, stripped Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high scores from their leaderboards and notified the Guinness World Records that they had stripped Billy of his titles. Twin Galaxies said that Mitchell’s DK high scores were “not produced by the direct feed output of an original unmodified Donkey Kong Arcade PCB.”
“Twin Galaxies has endeavored to provide a fair opportunity and reasonable amount of time for all sides and interests to present their thoughts and evidence as it has evaluated this dispute claim,” Twin Galaxies said in a blog post. “Throughout every step of this investigation, Billy Mitchell had the opportunity to answer questions and contribute to the public dispute thread. However, he was under no obligation to participate in this dispute thread and as such he chose not to do so.”
Now the official title of first million-point Donkey Kong record holder will go to Steve Wiebe, the protagonist of The King of Kong. “With this ruling, Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first million-point Donkey Kong record holder,” said Twin Galaxies. I’m sure video game emulators would be willing to pay Billy Mitchell to be their spokesperson. It was all a lie. Billy Mitchell is a lie. This actually isn’t very surprising if you’ve seen Billy Mitchell. Sorry Brian Kuh and other retro video game enthusiasts, there won’t be any Donkey Kong killscreens from Billy Mitchell any time soon.
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