For years, Billy Mitchell was known as the highest scoring player in Donkey Kong. The amount of hype and inspiration that came from this person has been incredible. However, it seems like this legend is actually a fake. As quite recently his records were discovered to have been achieved through illegitimate means.
As such, TwinGalaxies, the organization that’s been keeping track of Mitchell’s records has made their decision of completely erasing his record official. This is a rather dark day for gaming as this represents another gaming legend falling from the heights for cheating their way to the top.
“Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell’s scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards.” Says the Summary Decision posted by TG this morning.
Of course, other organizations that kept track of Billy Mitchell’s “Achievement” were notified of his transgression. Like the Guinness World Records, who is probably going to retire the record as well. Not only that but Steve Wiebe is now the new record holder with his 1,006,600 score.
For those who still have their doubts about the authenticity of TwinGalaxies’s claims. This was a meticulous investigation performed by TG and at least two different third parties that all arrived to the same conclusion. With the help of experts, hobbyists and casual observers.
“Hopefully it is becoming more and more obvious that we care very much about our scoreboard integrity and will continue to improve it step-by-step, no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be.” The blog post makes clear that they want a clean playground.
The truth is what matters the most. Even if a lot of people want to cry about the status of the ex-record holders, it’s always going to be said that they have cheated in some way. However, this will lead towards a cleaner future for gaming recordholders worldwide.