Billy Mitchell responds to Twin Galaxies' Donkey Kong controversy

Video gamer Billy Mitchell at an event in Schaumburg Ill. in 2015

Video gamer Billy Mitchell at an event in Schaumburg Ill. in 2015

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.

For anyone who has not seen the documentary and may not be familiar with the arcade gaming scene, there is a bit of cult following, especially as it pertains to the classics. The group, Twin Galaxies of Iowa, concluded after a lengthy investigation that Billy Mitchell did not play on an original arcade machine as required but instead used a software "emulator".

It was reported that he was using emulators he was scoring those high numbers, due to which they all have been removed from the Guinness World Records and Twin Galaxies website. And for a long time, he held an officially recognized high score of 1,062,8000 points. The filmed followed Kong player Steve Wiebe's attempt to beat Mitchell's record on Donkey Kong. Mitchell was cast as a sort of villain for refusing several challenges to compete against Wiebe in public.

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Over the weekend, Mitchell addressed the ruling in a video posted to YouTube.

While Twin Galaxies has not yet commented on Mitchell's statement, management and staff of the registry have many times stated that the integrity of the leaderboards is their biggest concern.

It was ultimately determined that Mitchell did in fact use MAME to achieve his scores, hence the harsh penalty. Mitchell insists that the investigation will reveal that everything was done "professionally" and 'according to the rules'. Mitchell claims his process is "true, professional due diligence" as opposed to Twin Galaxies' "shock jock mentality designed to create hits". In short, the saga continues.

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