Billy Mitchell, quite possibly one of the most famous video game players out there, had his lofty high score on Donkey Kong scrubbed away. For many years, Mitchell held the world high score on Donkey Kong, a whopping 1,047,200 points; in fact, Mitchell was considered to be the first person to make over one million points on the game. Even when others eventually overtook the score, the fact remained that Mitchell was the first, or so it seemed.
Mitchell first achieved the impossible score in 1999, and since then has been an interesting staple in the gaming community. He was one of the main focuses in the 2007 documentary, The King of Kong, which centered on a man trying to beat his famous score. He did appear to have a bit of an ego however, as evidenced from the time he sued the creators of the cartoon, Regular Show, for poking fun at him.
Earlier this year however, the supposed VHS footage that showed him attaining the impossible score in Donkey Kong revealed something interesting; the transition screens in the game weren't the same as those found in the original game. In response, Twin Galaxies, the organization that keeps track of high scores over classic games, launched a two-month investigation to determine whether or not Mitchell had cheated to get his score.
Yesterday, the results came in. Twin Galaxies announced that they have determined that Mitchell's score did not come from an original, unmodified Donkey Kong arcade cabinet, that he will be stripped of his title, and that he will be banned from participating from the competitive high score leader boards in the future.
As of now, Mitchell hasn't formally commented on this turn of events, but either way it is a shocking turn of events for the man who was originally thought to be the best Donkey Kong player in the world. It's doubly ironic, given that in The King of Kong he had disputed another player's high score for the game, Missile Command, causing said player to be disqualified. Not to mention, the parody character featured in Regular Show had actually cheated to get his high score.
Interestingly, while his title for Donkey Kong has now been stripped from the Guinness World Records, his other claim to fame, the first perfect game of Pac-Man, remains. Time will tell if his other achievements will be considered legitimate in the eyes of the gaming community.