Disgraced ‘Donkey Kong’ Champ Stripped Of Title


If you’re a longtime gamer, you may remember the 2007 documentary ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’. The acclaimed documentary chronicled two players (Steve Weibe and Billy Mitchell) as they raced to achieve the first officially recognized million points high score in ‘Donkey Kong’. Ultimately, Mitchell emerged triumphant, reaching a score of 1,047,200 (Weibe would eventually claim a high score of 1,049,100, but Mitchell got there first). At the time, that seemed to be the end of the story, but a decade later, it turns out there was more to it. After fans noticed irregularities in the video Mitchell used for his high score submission, Twin Galaxies (the world’s largest tracker of high scores and other video game records) opened an investigation into the matter. And now, the results are in: Mitchell cheated. You may be wondering how, exactly. After all, if you’ve ever played a classic arcade game, you’d know they’re not exactly the easiest things to tamper with, and any in-game exploits would stick out like a sore thumb on the video. And that’s exactly the reason (one of them, anyway) that Twin Galaxies will only officially recognize scores that were achieved using the original hardware. […]

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