Апреля 24 2018

Billy Mitchell's scores permanantly removed from Twin Galaxies, banned from future submissions

Апреля 24 2018, 07:08 | Perry Erickson

Billy Mitchell had been the first to reach a 1 million point score in Donkey Kong. David Greedy Getty Images

Billy Mitchell had been the first to reach a 1 million point score in Donkey Kong.                  David Greedy  Getty Images

The footage that Mitchell submitted for his record scores was, apparently, judged to be fed from an emulator. The site is also stripping any other scores from other games that the King of Kong has posted. He was trying to defend his high score for Donkey Kong from the more likable Steve Wiebe who is a legit gamer. Turns out, according to their findings, the score wasn't achieved through an arcade machine - required by both Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records - but an emulator.

Billy Mitchell is known as the first man to play a million-point game in Donkey Kong, and also one of the few people in the world to ever play a flawless game of PAC-MAN.

Twin Galaxies does have a separate category for MAME scores, but they are less prestigious as emulator versions can subtly differ from their arcade counterparts, and MAME recordings can be altered.

The former world-record holder's high score was investigated by Twin Galaxies, an organization that specializes in video game related world records.

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Twin Galaxies stated,"Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously chose to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards". Officials just needed to determine whether the recording was from arcade hardware or not.

A prolific player of classic titles, Billy Mitchell had been setting records on the Twin Galaxies leaderboards for decades. But he broke into the mainstream as one of the primary stars of King of Kong in which he battled over the world record for Donkey Kong with upstart player Steve Wiebe. Specifically, the "board transition images" that were observed in the high-score runs were said to be impossible on unmodified, original hardware (which is a requirement for score certification in this particular case). A man named Jeremy Young noticed the discrepancies in his footage, and brought it to the attention of Twin Galaxies back in February.

"From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original Donkey Kong arcade [printed circuit board] as per the competitive rules", TG said in its summary decision.

"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", reads its statement. That is the concern.

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