Billy Mitchell finally speaks up about his Donkey Kong and Pac-Man records' disqualification from Guinness World Records and the Twin Galaxies leaderboards.
The video statement was filmed at the Midwest Gaming Classic by Old School Gamer Magazine (of which Billy has an association). Online gamers brought evidence (based on the graphics of Mitchell's respective runs for both games) that they believed would prove Mitchell had actually been using an emulator, which would allow him to manipulate the game in his favor and land ideal results. 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. In a professional manner, not in a shock-jock mentality designed to create hits.
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"Nothing will be withheld. We've been at this since 1982, and it's not gonna stop now".
Only time will tell what Mitchell's investigation will bring, or if Twin Galaxies and Guinness will even consider any evidence that's uncovered. However, the community believes that these scores were not achieved fairly.
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Last week, Twin Galaxies, the organisation that referees classic arcade scores, announced they had determined some of Mitchell's records were not attained on actual arcade machines but by using the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), or software which replicates the games - a violation of Twin Galaxies's rules.
In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores. For now, we'll have to wait and see what evidence and witnesses Mitchell can produce. He also was featured in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
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Apart from removing all of Mitchell's records, Twin Galaxies also banned him from participating again. The Guinness World Records organization quickly followed suit, but Mitchell isn't stepping down quietly. According to a spokesperson, this was in line with the erasure of Mitchell's records as Twin Galaxies was their source of verification for these titles.