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". The registry was founded by Walter Day in1982 and has always been recognized as a reputable source of verified high scores by the gaming community and by the Guinness Book of World Records. Mitchell goes on to claim that his investigation will uphold the integrity of his claims, proving that his scores were done professionally and legitimately. The Guinness World Records organization quickly followed suit, but Mitchell isn't stepping down quietly.
"We also recognize records for First ideal score on Pac-Man and Highest score on Pac-Man". 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.
As of right now, all of Billy Mitchell's records have all been removed from the Twin Galaxies site. Mitchell, wearing the tie that will forever make him a hero in my eyes, speaks of an investigation underway to clear his name and restore his legacy as one of the highest scoring arcade gamers of all time.More news: Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win for DAMN
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Essentially, the Donkey Kong record he broke wasn't on a Donkey Kong machine, and that ain't cool, but also he might not have broken it anyway, and that's even less cool.
The disgraced King of Kong allegedly did wrong, and now he's working to restore his tarnished reputation.
While Mitchell making a new attempt at the Donkey Kong world record would have been a more entertaining, if dramatic response, this story clearly isn't over just yet. The fact of the matter is, now there's a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far [back] as 35 years ago. "Everything will be available", Mitchell states in the video.