Last week, Twin Galaxies and the Guinness Book of World Records stripped Donkey Kong record holder Billy Mitchell of his high scores. King of Kong referenced that that he was a referee and on the board of directors. Mitchell, however, is holding firm that his scores were legitimate, and he intends to prove it.
There's no denying that Mitchell is a ridiculously skilled video game player, his ideal Pac-Man score is a mind-boggling feat of memory, patience and pixel-perfect control, but, as this situation continues, the Floridian native risks this recent revelation becoming the defining mark for his entire gaming career.
"We also recognize records for First ideal score on Pac-Man and Highest score on Pac-Man".
As of right now, all of Billy Mitchell's records have all been removed from the Twin Galaxies site.
In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores. Specifically, the organization was looking into claims that Mitchell used MAME (emulation software) to achieve his scores rather than original, unaltered arcade cabinet hardware. An investigation was launched into the video footage taken of each of the high-scoring games.
Essentially, the Donkey Kong record he broke wasn't on a Donkey Kong machine, and that ain't cool, but also he might not have broken it anyway, and that's even less cool.
Mitchell is one of the highest-profile gamers in the world because of his list of records.
The documentary, released in 2007, focused on attempts by newcomer Steve Wiebe to surpass Mitchell's high score, which he had set in 1982.
Over the weekend, Mitchell addressed the ruling in a video posted to YouTube.
"The fact of the matter is now there is a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far as 35 years ago, in a professional manner, not in a shock jock mentality designed to create hits".