The current world record in Donkey Kong, 1.247 million points, was set by Robbie Lakeman in February.
In the film, Wiebe becomes the first ever player to score more than a million points in Donkey Kong, but video game record organization Twin Galaxies disqualified his score based on Mitchell's suspicion that Wiebe's Donkey Kong machine might have had its board tampered with. A statement from Twin Galaxies follows below. Twin Galaxies, a company that tracks video game records and high scores and relays them to Guinness World Records, released a statement that rescinds all previous records held by Mitchell.
Typically, judges have to be present in-person to see watch competitors play through their record runs, but for some reason, Mitchell was allowed to send in footage of his Donkey Kong playthrough as proof of his achievement. This morning, Mitchell was stripped of both of those accolades, and all of his high scores have been removed from the records of competitive high-score sanctioning authority Twin Galaxies. While Twin Galaxies doesn't know what emulator Mitchell used, they're confident he used one. The VHS footage of Mitchell's record was undoubtedly spliced so he could pass off his record as legitimate.
Up to this point, Mitchell has strenuously denied using an emulator.
"The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use of original arcade hardware only", said Twin Galaxies. "We now believe that they are not from an original unmodified Donkey Kong PCB, and so our investigation of the tape content ends with that conclusion and assertion".
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Mitchell hasn't held the Donkey Kong record since 2010, which is now held by Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700.
Almost two months ago, Mitchell's scores were also removed from the leaderboards at Donkey Kong Forum.
The big decision came after months of investigation and research from Twin Galaxies, which was alerted to potential rule-breaking by Jeremy Young, the moderator of a popular Donkey Kong forum. What this means is that not only did Mitchell misrepresent his high score to TG, but the film also misrepresented how the score was achieved.
"Hopefully it is becoming more and more obvious that we care very much about our scoreboard integrity and will continue to improve it step-by-step, no matter how painful or public it might occasionally be", said Twin Galaxies.
"We must repeat, the truth is the priority".