Donkey Kong champ stripped of title

By Ashlee Larrison

PHOENIX – Billy Mitchell is no longer a Donkey Kong record holder, and it looks like, maybe, he never was.

Twin Galaxies, the adjudicator for worldwide video game records, stripped Mitchell of his high scores after an investigation determined the DK champion had cheated.

Suspicion rose when Mitchell refused to compete against his opponent in person, but rather through a video recording that appeared to be edited together. The tipping point came after a transition screen appeared on his arcade screen that did not appear in the original Donkey Kong game.

The investigation concluded that Mitchell used an emulator that closely resembled the original 1981 classic.

“From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original arcade as per the competitive rules. We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified DK arcade PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion,” Twin Galazies said in a statement.

Though Mitchell hasn’t held the DK Record since 2010, his record has been removed along with his ability to compete in future competitions.

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