Donkey Kong Controversy Causes Man To Loose Title
If you saw the 2015 movie Pixels with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage you'd be familiar with this storyline. Only now real life is emulating a movie! The man who once held world records in classic arcade games such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man has been stripped of his high scores after a scandal that has upended the world of old-school video gaming.
Billy Mitchell’s reign as the “video game player of the century” is now in question. Mitchell set high score records on a number of games in the 1980s and 1990s. The one he is most known for however is achieving the first acknowledged highest overall score on Donkey Kong, with 886,900 in 1982. A lot of us who put in the time with arcade games like Asteroids and Donkey Kong know that putting up that type of score takes some serious skill, and quarters.
Last week, Twin Galaxies, the organization that referees classic arcade scores, announced it had determined that 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’ rules.
Last Friday was 'game over' for Mitchell in the Guinness Book of World Records as Guinness acted in accordance with Twin Galaxies’ ruling and scrubbed all of Mitchell’s records with the organization.
Over the weekend, Mitchell addressed the ruling in a video posted to YouTube.
In the movie the character played by Peter Dinklage beat Adam Sander's charcter in the 1980's at the game Donkey Kong to become the world champ. It was later revealed (spoiler alert to those who haven't seen the movie) that Dinklage's character was cheating the whole time. *gasp*
In all seriousness if this guy would possibly cheat at this, what else is he capable of?