New evidence has been uncovered suggesting that Billy Mitchell cheated to reach his record-breaking Donkey Kong scores, which Twin Galaxies removed from its record boards because they were supposedly achieved through emulation rather than the original arcade hardware, and for which which Mitchell is suing the record keeping company.
As revealed by Karl Jobst on Youtube In the video at the top of the page, never-before-seen photographic evidence shows what appears to be an aftermarket, potentially eight-way joystick, as opposed to the original cabinet’s four-way joystick. This difference makes it easier to pull off certain moves and would give anyone using it an unfair advantage over someone using the original hardware.
For those unfamiliar with this whole sordid saga, we’ve covered it in depth several times in the past, starting when rumors of foul play surrounded the video documenting the first. king of kongscores submitted by first appeared. The gameplay shown in the video was shown to come from an emulator rather than an original Donkey Kong arcade cabinet. Mitchell claimed that the videos must have been falsified as part of “a conspiracy nearly as vast (and untenable) as the Kennedy assassination,” as stated in later lawsuit documentation by him. He claimed that the tape itself was irrelevant anyway, since he performed the feat on a live stage with witnesses.
twin galaxies bombarded mitchell scores in 2018 and banned him from competing while also recognizing Steve Wiebe as the first DK player with one million points. Mitchell’s scores were later reinstated by Guinness World Records and Mitchell initiated legal proceedings against Twin Galaxies and reclaimed that his doctor of 30 years refused to see him for an annual checkup due to allegations of cheating.
You can read more about all of these events in the articles at the bottom of the page, but ultimately, Mitchell’s current lawsuit claims that he achieved his highest score on completely unmodified, original arcade hardware, a claim supported by his witnesses. , which Jobst suggests are of questionable reliability in the video above (seriously, it’s only 13 minutes, so watch it), and these newly found photos provide compelling evidence to suggest otherwise.
It is not clear at this time exactly what impact this new evidence will have on Mitchell’s case on the ongoing lawsuit, but one might imagine it’s a hugely significant setback in his efforts to clear his name. The saga continues.
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