The current world record in Donkey Kong, 1.247 million points, was set by Robbie Lakeman in February.
He's the guy who fought a vicious campaign to prevent record-breaking newcomer Steve Wiebe from becoming the first player to score a million points in the classic arcade game - successfully, as it turned out, with record-keepers Twin Galaxies accepting Mitchell's run over Wiebe's. The leaderboard organization has reached out to the Guinness Book of World Records to notify them of their decision.
Since then Mitchell has remained the King of Kong, that is, until today as Twin Galaxies declared that Mitchell's score was technically impossible to achieve without a modified unit.
The competitive arcade gamer, hot sauce magnate, and self-styled American icon was found this week to have achieved several of his high scores on a emulators - not the original arcade machines required by Twin Galaxies' scorekeepers.
Rather than attempt to prove which emulator was used, Twin Galaxies made a decision to simply discover for certain that the board transition images were not possible with unmodified hardware. The VHS footage of Mitchell's record was undoubtedly spliced so he could pass off his record as legitimate. After an extensive investigation, it was discerned that Mitchell used an emulator to achieve the record.
Mitchell with Twin Galaxies Founder Walter Day
"Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously chose to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards", reads a statement. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified DK [arcade machine], and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion".
Note that this process also removes all of his scores, not just those related to Donkey Kong and the recent accusations. As for Twin Galaxies, it confirmed that it provided Mitchell with a chance to defend his scores.
Twin Galaxies was founded in 1981 by arcade owner Walter Day, but it came under new management in 2014 and is now led by "Head Custodian and Caretaker" (and Internet video personality) Jace Hall.
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