The official gatekeepers of Donkey Kong history, Twin Galaxies, last week disqualified Mitchell's high scores and banned him from future competition after finding evidence that he used emulating software, opening up the possibility of cheating in any number of ways, rather than an unmodified arcade game that is required for official high score record keeping.
While Mitchell making a new attempt at the Donkey Kong world record would have been a more entertaining, if dramatic response, this story clearly isn't over just yet. Online gamers brought evidence (based on the graphics of Mitchell's respective runs for both games) that they believed would prove Mitchell had actually been using an emulator, which would allow him to manipulate the game in his favor and land flawless results. In a professional manner, not in a shock-jock mentality designed to create hits, 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.
"Nothing will be withheld". You absolutely have my commitment to that. However, the community believes that these scores were not achieved fairly. Due to his use of an emulator, his high scores have been removed from the Guinness World Records as well as the Twin Galaxies website. Throughout Twin Galaxies' review process, Mitchell held his tongue even though he had the opportunity to defend himself.
In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores.
The administrative staff unanimously voted to remove Mitchell's Donkey Kong records, including the controversial back-to-back scores of 1,062,800 in Donkey Kong and 1,270,900 in Donkey Kong Jr. at the Boomers Arcade in July 2010. He also was featured in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
But last Friday, Guinness World Records acted in accordance with Twin Galaxies's ruling by scrubbing Mitchell's records with the organisation, according to the gaming site Kotaku.