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Arcade legend Billy Mitchell accused of using emulator in record Donkey Kong run

By Shawn Knight ยท 12 replies
Feb 3, 2018
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  1. The competitive retro gaming scene has been rocked by scandal once again. Less than a week after Todd Rogers was stripped of his world record time in the Atari 2600 game Dragster over claims that his score of 5.51 seconds was technically impossible (the record had stood for 35 years), the spotlight has turned to a far more prominent figure in the competitive gaming community.

    Billy Mitchell, an arcade legend and one of the most polarizing characters in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, is now under the microscope over claims that some of his high scores in Donkey Kong were generated in MAME – an open-source arcade emulator – and not on original arcade hardware.

    Allegations and evidence (lots of animated GIFs) against Mitchell were recently published on the Twin Galaxies forum by user Xelnia, whose real name is Jeremy Young. Xelnia’s case largely boils down to the technical differences in how the game is rendered on screen on an original hardware cabinet and through the MAME emulator.

    The use of MAME isn’t forbidden with regard to Donkey Kong world record scores; the issue seems to be that Mitchell allegedly tried passing off runs conducted in MAME as having been done on original hardware (MAME runs go through a different approval process).

    For a full technical breakdown of Xelnia’s claim (and the community’s response), please do check out his post on Twin Galaxies.

    Xelnia also happens to be the moderator of Donkey Kong Forum and has removed Mitchell’s score of 1,062,800 from the Donkey Kong Forum high score list. What many in the community are waiting to see, however, is how Twin Galaxies will approach the matter.

    The organization’s stance as of press time is as follows:

    "Twin Galaxies is in the process of fully-reviewing the compelling evidence provided by Jeremy Young to support his current score dispute case against Bily Mitchell's Donkey Kong score. We will do this thoroughly and impartially. In the meantime we will continue to observe this discussion by experts in the community and will also examine any further evidence that may be provided during this review period."

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,404   +3,795

    Woopie .....
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    Who cares?
    stewi0001, bohemond1099 and VitalyT like this.
  4. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 87   +89

    So his below 10th spot of 1mill score is probably ran in mame but the top two at 1,247,700 and 1,218,000 ran in arcade aren't put into question... why..

    Like if you're going to question anyone its the top two xD Not someone thats below 10th like seems like someone has a personal issue with Billy Mitchell lol
  5. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 221   +141

    Why do you think they were not put into question? If no cheating was involved by the top players, should they then just ignored the Billy Mitchell evidence just because his score wasn't in the top 2 anymore? He cheated, that's the bottom line. And seeing how hardcore these Donkey Kong forum guys are they probably checked all the videos.

    As far as his sub 1,000,000 score, that was done in public.
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,836   +679

  7. Paulswoop

    Paulswoop TS Rookie

    Twin Galaxies is a joke and so is Billy! Lol!
  8. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,768

    Lol vidya. Who cares about a high score?
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,967   +1,230

    LMAO....this is about as funny as when I was a kid (60's), if your neighbor put baseball cards in the spokes of his bicycle and you didn't.
    I guess if you can make a ton of money on this crap, it's one thing, but "bragging rights" for a stupid 80's video game? Get out of your parents basement.
  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 573   +247

    Meanwhile, the cure of cancer was discovered and lost, because you know, high scores matters more...
    Mugsy likes this.
  11. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Evangelist Posts: 579   +77

    Do you get the feeling there are people in this world with FAR too much time on their hands? :D
    erickmendes likes this.
  12. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 161   +73

    Does holding a world record score on a game have some sort prize or it's just the same as steam achievements?
  13. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 573   +247

    It's a golden pass that let you thru a portal to a land where you have an orgasm every time someone asks you about the game and you say you have the highest score... It's called Egoland.

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