It’s been a minute since most of us have watched King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters. In the 2007 documentary, sympathetic regular schmo Steve Wiebe’s embarks upon a quest to break history’s highest Donkey Kong score.
The de facto villain of the story is Billy Mitchell who, as far as anybody knew at the time, originally set the record in 1982. Some would argue Mitchell comes across as a self-aggrandizing ego maniac throughout King Of Kong, and his penchant for recording himself setting records at his house while seemingly refusing to compete in public is cause for suspicion.
So, yeah, turns out Mitchell’s probably a massive phony.
Variety reports that after a years-long investigation, score-tracking organization Twin Galaxies has officially voided multiple Mitchell tallies, including the 1,047,200 Donkey Kong score he submits in King Of Kong.
“With this ruling, Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first million point ‘Donkey Kong’ record holder,” states Twin Galaxies. “According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the official first million point record holder.”
Mitchell has also been banned from formal gaming competitions, meaning gamers are now permanently spared from ever having to listen to this absurd huckster talk about how important he is in person.
Twin Galaxies says Mitchell obtained his King of Kong score, and others of note, on emulation software instead of an original arcade machine, which their regulations cite as a huge no-no. The findings are backed up by a pair of independent investigations, plus “numerous experts, hobbyists, and casual observers” who spoke to Twin Galaxies about the matter. As The Guinness Book Of World Records charges Twin Galaxies with gathering data on vintage video game achievements, Mitchell’s been booted from the Guinness book as well.
All in all, it’s a good day for old school arcade enthusiasts, and a bad day for fans of disingenuous narcissism.