Mitchell appeared in the 2007 documentary, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters".
"Jeremy's assertion concluded that not only can original Donkey Kong arcade hardware not produce the board transition images shown in the recordings, but that these transitions were actually generated through the use of MAME". Opposing him on the top of the Donkey Kong leaderboards was Billy Mitchell; an old-school arcade gamer who basically built his entire life around his high scores.
Note that this process also removes all of his scores, not just those related to Donkey Kong and the recent accusations. That's right, he cheated.
The dispute over Mitchell's records was raised by Twin Galaxies member Jeremy Young in February, who demonstrated that it was impossible for an original, unaltered Donkey Kong machine to produce certain board transitions that were seen in Mitchell's videotaped recordings. The group, which tracks video game world records, notified the Guinness World Records of its decision. "The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade "Donkey Kong" competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only", reads the Twin Galaxies verdict.
Of course, over a decade later both Mitchell's and Wiebe's records have been beaten many times with the current record, set by 31-year-old Robbie Lakeman, being 1,247,700. According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the official 1st million point record holder. Third-party investigators hired by Mitchell even came to the same conclusion: even if he didn't necessarily cheat, per se, Mitchell's emulator-powered runs can't be allowed in the record books. What this means is that the high scores were not achieved on an arcade machine, which is an official requirement. Twin Galaxies were founded in 1981 and are a scorekeeping organization that keeps tabs on all records held. As a result, not only were the King of Kong's high scores removed from the global leaderboards, but Mitchell has been banned from competition. The management says these moves to purge high-profile scores from its database highlight a new focus on "scoreboard integrity", which it seeks to improve "no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be".
Twin Galaxies' recent efforts to build a dispute system for the objective of allowing scores to be questioned in a centralized and documented manner have enabled all of the available evidence regarding Billy Mitchell's score performances to finally, after many years, be concentrated, examined and discussed by non-anonymous members of the gaming community and Twin Galaxies administration. Twin Galaxies has experienced a nice big dose of that again with this dispute. Their belief seems to be that they simply can't trust that his remaining scores are valid if his most famous score was rigged.