King of Kong Billy Mitchell has again been accused of cheating. Allegedly, new evidence also indicates that he did not use the original hardware to perform some of his record-breaking Donkey Kong runs.
According to YouTuber Karl Jobst in Speedrunning, newly found photos show that Mitchell used an eight-way joystick, rather than the original device’s four-way, on at least one of the disputed records. An eight-way joystick will allow players to perform feats that are impossible for players with original hardware. If Mitchell used this machine, he would have an advantage against other potential record holders.
In 2018, the highest-scoring arcade site Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records removed three of Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong scores after accusing the record-holder of cheating. The recordings of the three scores purportedly prove that Mitchell was using a simulator, not an authentic arcade machine. Twin Galaxies scores and rank highs from emulator play, albeit in a separate category.
Mitchell claimed the tapes were forged and the witnesses present when he investigated the records appealed. In 2020, Guinness re-set both of Mitchell’s records, although the Twin Galaxies disagreed with the ruling. The 2nd District Court in California has given Mitchell leave to sue Twin Galaxies for defamation in 2021. The lawsuit is ongoing.
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