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".
Recurring documentary subject and video-game legend Billy Mitchell was unanimously stripped of his record-breaking scores Thursday following allegations of cheating. Forum moderator Jeremy "Xelnia" Young cited frame-by-frame analysis of the board transitions in Mitchell's Donkey Kong tapes, which showed visual artifacts suggesting they were generated by early versions of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) and not original Donkey Kong arcade hardware.
Twin Galaxies, the American governing body that keeps track of arcade high scores, has finished an investigation into allegations that Michell achieved some of his famous high scores through unofficial means.
As a result, Twin Galaxies only recognizes scores set on machines with the game's original printed circuit boards (PCBs) and hardware - not those set on emulators or recreated boards.
Just go watch it and you'll see why.
Twin Galaxies has stated that this investigation officially began when one of their members recognized some anomalies in Mitchell's high score performance. But, Twin Galaxies puts the score up anyway, sending Steve Wiebe home packing. While Twin Galaxies can't prove Mitchell's scores were achieved on MAME specifically, they do know for a fact that none of his high scores were achieved through an unmodified arcade system.
- To definitively conclude that MAME was used, Twin Galaxies would need to comprehensively rule out the possibility of all other methods that could produce what is seen on the tapes. "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". Many are wondering how one could cheat at an arcade game, something that Mitchell was able to do years ago.
However, Twin Galaxies, as part of a comprehensive process and in its position of authority, must ensure due diligence.
The ban has no effect on the current world record in Donkey Kong, which now sits at the 1.247 million points set by Robbie Lakeman in February.
Thanks again to all who contributed time, effort and expertise to this case.