Billy MItchell

Billy Mitchell loses his high-scores on Donkey Kong

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Billy Mitchell ex-World Recorder Holder

Billy Mitchell a person I didn’t even know existed until I watched the King of Kong Documentary.

His name has been wiped across the board of all these world records.

Good at Video Games?

Billy Mitchell from what I can tell is actually good at video games. Most of this records are from the 80s which he was younger and not running a full-time business.

In 1982 he was the first person to reach the kill screen on Donkey Kong. So, he does have kills so why did he all of a sudden decide to cheat?


In King of Kong, you can tell that Billy Mitchell has a huge ego boost because he has world records. Answering the phone and saying World Record headquarters you can just tell his head is about to explode from being so large. I’m pretty sure the documentary was trying to portray him as the bad guy.

Is Billy Mitchell really a bad guy? From what I can tell other than him cheating on recent video entries for high scores he doesn’t seem to be.

How he got caught

Billy Mitchell claims he has never used MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) which you can install on a computer and run the ROM files to replicate the arcade machine.

What benefit could this even have? Being a computer you can install other programs that could “Assist” you during runs or even slow down the game so it would be nearly impossible to mess up.

How he was caught was MAME loads images different than the actual arcade cabinet. Putting the loading screens side by side, you can clearly tell he submitted his tape and was playing on MAME.

To make things even more interesting, you can actually play on MAME but you need to state that you did. The fishy part though is that sound is cropped out in weird spots, whenever his score hits over the 1 million mark the tape does something even fisher and looks edited in almost.

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell releases a statement

Billy says he didn’t cheat and he is going to prove it. I find this even more interesting that ever before!

Clearly, he has talent as his old score still exists but his 1 million score is now tainted until he proves himself in front of everyone. Will he actually redeem himself?

I guess we will see, If I’m telling the truth I kind of want him to be a legit player. He use to be? What happened? Why did he use MAME and lie about it?

Did he get caught up in his real life business? Competitive gamers practice at least 6 hours a day, I’m sure with a business to run that was not easy.

I can barely 2-3 hours a day to play a game let alone 6 hours straight!

King of Kong 2

There are now talks of the King of Kong 2. A second Documentary hopefully Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell will both be in it again.

I can’t wait for the following months to see what happens.