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. Unknown is whether the same record will continue to stand via the Guinness Book of World Records, or whether it will similarly be changed to reflect the Twin Galaxies decision. "According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the official 1st million point record holder".
The big decision came after months of investigation and research from Twin Galaxies, which was alerted to potential rule-breaking by Jeremy Young, the moderator of a popular Donkey Kong forum. All of Mitchell's previous scores been removed from the leaderboards, and he has also been banned from participating in the competitive leaderboards in the future. This effectively ends his career in competitive gaming.
Twin Galaxies, who monitor video game world records, made the announcement today that Mitchell has now been banned from submitting scores for life and said that it has been proven that he cheated. That documentary heavily implied that Mitchell used his influence in the world of arcade gaming - as well as old-fashioned cheating - to set his famous high scores. Observers noted that subtle differences in the way the game screens on his videos animated - things like transitions between levels - did not occur with the original Donkey Kong machines but rather were consistent with the way an emulator would run the game. Avoid the barrels and leave us a comment below! "The use of MAME or any other emulation software for submission to these leaderboards is strictly forbidden", Twin Galaxies. This kind of testing is beyond the scope of the dispute case needs. "And the fact of the matter is that that original footage was given to Twin Galaxies, Twin Galaxies has it or should have it, and if it's anywhere other than Twin Galaxies, that's a real problem".
Twin Galaxies has endeavored to provide a fair opportunity and reasonable amount of time for all sides and interests to present their thoughts and evidence as it has evaluated this dispute claim. Wiebe challenged Mitchell to a public competition, which he declined.
Our methodic approach has allowed many things to surface, not only related to this specific score, but other scores as well as some previously never-before-discussed video game related history.
We must repeat, the truth is the priority.
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.