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Billy Mitchell Breaks His Silence To Address Accusations Of Cheating

Billy Mitchell Breaks His Silence To Address Accusations Of Cheating

Previously, American organization Twin Galaxies had conducted an investigation into Mitchell's scores after allegations emerged that the subject of the King of Kong documentary had, in fact, been utilizing emulation software known as MAME to achieve the scores earned in that very documentary.

Mitchell, featured in the documentary The King of Kong, has always been considered a master of the arcade, having once held world records in Pac-Man and, of course, Donkey Kong, for which he was thought to be the first player to gain one-million points.

In a statement, via the Washington Post, Twin Galaxies said, "The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leader boards requires the use of original arcade hardware only". He also was featured in the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters". Speaking to Old School Gamer Magazine, for which Mitchell serves as an advisor, he asserts that all will come to light.




Mitchell has promised to prove his scores are valid. Mitchell claims his process is "true, professional due diligence" as opposed to Twin Galaxies' "shock jock mentality designed to create hits".

Only time will tell what Mitchell's investigation will bring, or if Twin Galaxies and Guinness will even consider any evidence that's uncovered. But its taken a considerable amount of time, witnesses, documents, everything, everything will be made available to you, nothing will be withheld. The filmed followed Kong player Steve Wiebe's attempt to beat Mitchell's record on Donkey Kong. One can't help but wonder if anyone would care about this story had Mitchell not played this charismatic "villainous" persona, and how much of the ongoing drive to usurp his scores was founded in wanting to see the "baddie" fall from grace. "Everything will be available", Mitchell states in the video.