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Billy Mitchell, an arcade virtuoso whose joystick symphonies once won him the title "Video Game Player of the Century," has been kicked off the heights of the highest-scoring charts. The organization that tracks the world records of video games announced on Thursday that it will eliminate its records and will prohibit it in future classifications.
Twin Galaxies concluded, after an investigation that lasted more than two months, that Mitchell established some of his best-known records. in incorrectly modified software, not in the original arcade games and not sorted according to the rules of the organization.
Among those discarded albums is the one that could have earned him his greatest fame: his performance of 1,047,200 points in Donkey Kong, which made him the first to break a million points in the 1981 classic and that played a fundamental role in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong .
That score gave him the edge in his rivalry with Steve Wiebe, the man who had been struggling to overthrow Mitchell from the first place he had held for more than two decades. But it never completely silenced the suspicions of the skeptics, especially given the fact that it had been recorded in private.
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Now, more than a decade later, Twin Galaxies is turning its original decision to accept the score. The group says that Jeremy Young, moderator of Donkey Kong Forum, filed an in-depth complaint in early February that led self-appointed arbiters to reconsider. And they say that their new decision, reached after a long investigation of their own, is backed by several outside researchers, including one enlisted by Mitchell.
Young explained to Polygon in February why the difference between playing in the emulator and playing with the original hardware is so important.
"Emulation can cheat, emulation is rarely 100% perfect, emulation can allow completely different control schemes, screen configurations and other environmental considerations," he said. "These considerations are different for each emulated game."
"The possible advantages given by emulation (in the form of a trap) make it absolutely necessary to have clear requirements to determine the authenticity of any action," Young added.  Twin Galaxies clearly agrees.
"With this ruler, Twin Galaxies can no longer recognize Billy Mitchell as the first holder of the record of Donkey Kong in 1 point, "explains the group. "According to our findings, Steve Wiebe would be the holder of the official record of 1 million points."
Some viewers can cheer up the dramatic reversal of fortune, given Mitchell's talent for pressing buttons – and not just those in the playroom he somewhat of a polarizing image in the movie.
But, at the same time, we have some news for viewers who have not tuned into Donkey Kong's murderous world competitive since the release of the movie: Both titans have been thrown from the top layer, like so many loose barrels of the arms of an angry ape. The AV Club noticed in February, at the time the claim was filed, that neither of them was even in the top 10 of the Twin Galaxies expert skills index, and Wiebe holds a sixteenth position that is still respectable on the list at time to write this.  Mitchell's name is nowhere to be found.
It is not yet clear how this decision will affect some of its other wonders of coin-op. For the moment, at least, his perfect score at Pac-Man in 1999 – the first recorded – stands as a Guinness world record.