But the vintage gamer was stripped of those achievements this week by Guinness World Records after organization Twin Galaxies, which referees arcade games, revealed that it had discovered he had achieved his high scores using a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), in other words, software that can create a copy of a game. Last week, Twin Galaxies announced that it would strike Billy Mitchell's high scores in games like Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. Specifically, the organization was looking into claims that Mitchell used MAME (emulation software) to achieve his scores rather than original, unaltered arcade cabinet hardware. The registry was founded by Walter Day in1982 and has always been recognized as a reputable source of verified high scores by the gaming community and by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mitchell has promised to prove his scores are valid.
Mitchell has now reacted to the controversy in a video, which can be viewed here.More news: White House says no decision yet on fresh Russia sanctions
"We also recognize records for First ideal score on Pac-Man and Highest score on Pac-Man".
In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores. Mitchell, wearing the tie that will forever make him a hero in my eyes, speaks of an investigation underway to clear his name and restore his legacy as one of the highest scoring arcade gamers of all time. "Our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion". The more damning implication is that Mitchell-previously credited with being the first to score a ideal game on Pac-Man and the first to crack 1 million points on Donkey Kong-faked his games. He also was featured in the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters".
Over the weekend, Mitchell addressed the ruling in a video posted to YouTube. "We will show that everything that has been done, everything was done professionally, according to the rules, according to the scoreboard, the integrity that was set up", Mitchell said.