When we talk about classic arcade video games from the golden age, how can we forget Donkey Kong and Billy Mitchell, the man who has recorded high score in Donkey Kong run?
Recently, American video game player and arcade game legend, Billy Mitchell have been rocked by a scandal. Mitchell's record-setting runs in Donkey Kong are now a huge doubt for the entire gaming universe. A verified member of Twin Galaxies decided to dig into all the records set by Billy and now, claims that some of Billy’s high scores in Donkey Kong were generated in MAME – an open-source arcade emulator – and not on original arcade hardware.
The allegations and evidence against the King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell have recently been published on the Twin Galaxies forum by Jeremy Young a.k.a Xelnia. Jeremy’s case largely boils down to the technical differences in how the game is rendered on the screen on an original hardware cabinet and through the MAME emulator.
Jeremy Young a.k.a Xelnia is also the moderator of the classic Nintendo arcade game, Donkey Kong Forum (DKF) and he has removed Billy’s score of 1,062,800 from the forum’s high score list.
This is what Twin Galaxies said about the entire investigation:
"Twin Galaxies is fully-reviewing all the compelling evidence provided by Xelnia to support his current score dispute case against Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong score. We will do this thoroughly and impartially. In the meantime, Twin Galaxies will continue to observe this discussion by the experts of the community and will also examine any further evidence that may be provided during this review period."