The King of Kong Dethroned For Cheating
One of the most famous, now infamous, gamers of all time is former-champion Billy Mitchell. He was featured in the hit 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which chronicles two talented gamers as they fight for the record to be the first ever to reach 1 million points on Donkey Kong. While Mitchell was the victor of that race, it has now been revealed that he cheated.
Twin Galaxies, an organization that tracks video game records, launched a full investigation which discovered that Mitchell used emulation software, a computer program that replicates a physical console, as opposed to a genuine arcade machine, to achieve his high scores. Due to this deception, all of his scores will be removed and he will no longer be allowed to submit. This has even more weight considering that Mitchell seemed to really fit into his portrayal as the villain of the aforementioned documentary.
Mitchell was a gaming icon well before his score of 1,047,200, but the way he presented himself in The King of Kong was so divisive that it’s not hard to imagine many of his former fans, and especially his enemies, really enjoying this new revelation. The man who benefits the most from this surprising turn is Steve Wiebe, the hero of the doc, who is now the official world champion.
Twin Galaxies released this statement, “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.” Twin Galaxies also assists the Guinness Book of World Records with their validation process, but they have yet to comment on the matter. Check out the trailer for the documentary below…