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Billy Mitchell broke his silence.
The veteran Donkey Kong champion, who never stayed quiet for a long time, backed down on Sunday from official scoring decisions last week to strip him of his best-known video game discs. Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks such records, disqualified their high scores and excluded them from the competition after an investigation uncovered evidence that several of their Donkey Kong scores were placed on inappropriate hardware.
But in a video statement released to Old School Gamer Magazine, where Mitchell is a member of the advisory board as "the most famous videogame player in history," he promised that the evidence supporting his innocence is on the way.
"The fact is that now there is a true professional because a diligence is being done to investigate the things that happened up to 35 years ago," he said at the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee, Wis., Dressed in his American flag necktie .
"Professionally, not in shock -Jock mentality designed to create successes, 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 established. "
Mitchell's rebuttal came a few days after Twin Galaxies issued its final judgment on a controversy dating back more than a decade, since at least the 2007 launch of King of Kong .
That documentary represented Mitchell's bitter rivalry with Steve Wiebe, a school teacher who had struggled to take first place in the Donkey Kong world leaderboards, which Mitchell had busied nonstop for years. But at the end (of the film, at least), Mitchell successfully defended his throne by establishing the first score to break a million points, in a performance recorded on VHS and considered by many viewers as very suspicious.
He did not weaken the suspicion that the self-promoted hot sauce entrepreneur has a great ability to play with the heel.
"That red mullet, those crazy ties, the arrogant look, the hot sauce … Damn, Billy knew how to work," Owen Good writes of the polygon in thanks. "Billy Mitchell, 52, knew how to be the bad guy, he knew how much money there was to be the bad guy, 10 times more than anyone on Twitch or YouTube."
He also knew how to fake his results, according to Twin Galaxies.
After a lawsuit filed in February, the group closely investigated the tapes of Mitchell's performances. Following clues such as discrepancies in the loading of game levels, the probe concluded that Mitchell had not used an original recreational machine as required. Instead, Twin Galaxies claims that these feats were achieved in MAME, or software designed to emulate the original, which opens up several possible ways to cheat.
The governor punishing Mitchell was unanimous, and Guinness World Records, which relies on Twin Galaxies to verify information on his video game, also canceled all entries for Mitchell. That includes his perfect score of 1999 in Pac-Man.
It is not clear if Twin Galaxies' decision can be appealed.
In his Sunday video, Mitchell did not specifically refer to the claim he had played in an emulator. But in an interview in February, not long after the claim arose, he flatly denied: "Did I ever sit at a computer and play MAME? It was not an opportunity, nothing," he told the X Cast podcast.
He added that, given his reduced position in recent years, the controversy between the two men is not even worth re-litigating. (Neither of them was in the top 10 anywhere in the world at the time of last week's decision.)
"I think I could understand if I'm sitting on the edge of the knife, a thousand points in front of another person. Well, I guess you really want to make sure the score is correct, "Mitchell said in February. "But since it's number 12 online, as I said, this has very little to do with the success, fun and excitement that I have in the world of video games, it's almost irrelevant."
For Wiebe, however, the ruling offers some measure of closure.
"I'm not a champion anymore," he told Variety on Friday, "but getting recognition for being the first to reach the million is a great consolation, that's what really annoyed me." about 11 years ago "
Still, maybe it's better not to draw conclusions: Mitchell on Sunday suggested that his public exoneration is to come, if we just wait a little longer.
" I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it over to him. . But it has taken a considerable amount of time. Witnesses, documents, everything will be available to you. Nothing will be withheld. You absolutely have my commitment to that. "He said.
" We've been in this since 1982, and it's not going to stop now. "