Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Former Donkey Kong world record holder Billy Mitchell releases official statement

Former Donkey Kong world record holder Billy Mitchell releases official statement

According to the high score guidelines of Twin Galaxies, an organization that has tracked records and high scores since 1981, the high score should have been achieved on an original arcade cabinet motherboard with unaltered settings.

Following this decision, Guinness World Records has also disqualified Mitchell as the holder of two Pac-Man records: highest score and first ideal score.

Billy Mitchell finally speaks up about his Donkey Kong and Pac-Man records' disqualification from Guinness World Records and the Twin Galaxies leaderboards.

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"The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leader boards requires the use of original arcade hardware only", the organisation said in a statement.

Mitchell stayed quiet following the initial news but released a statement to Old School Gamer Magazine over the weekend at the Midwest Gaming Classic.

I've been asked to address things that are recently in the media.

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"Now, there is a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far as 35 years ago", he stated. 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.

He describes Twin Galaxies as a "2014 regime that wants to reach back 35 years", and insinuates that its investigation was ginned up to generate publicity. So it seems likely that TG will appreciate and take into consideration any proof that Mitchell may have that shows its investigation was in error. I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. He says in due time, he will show everyone evidence including documents and witnesses that he played the games fairly and earned his high scores without cheating. "We've been at this since 1982, and it's not gonna stop now". Throughout Twin Galaxies' review process, Mitchell held his tongue even though he had the opportunity to defend himself.

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