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Technology Guinness World Records Disqualifies Billy Mitchell’s Perfect ‘Pac-Man’ Run, Other Achievements

19:36  13 april  2018
19:36  13 april  2018 Source:   variety.com

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Billy Mitchell ' s perfect " Pac - Man " run and highest score will no longer be recognized by Guinness World Records . “The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell ’ s highest scores on ‘Donkey Kong’ have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for

Billy Mitchell ’ s perfect “ Pac - Man ” run and highest score, as well as his “Donkey Kong” score “The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell ’ s highest scores on ‘Donkey Kong’ have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for these achievements .”

Steve Wiebe, Seth Gordon are posing for a picture© Provided by Variety

Billy Mitchell’s perfect “Pac-Man” run and highest score, as well as his “Donkey Kong” score made famous in the documentary “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” will no longer be recognized by Guinness World Records, the organization told Variety on Friday.

The decision to remove all of his world records is driven by news yesterday that Twin Galaxies, which is Guinness’ official source for verification of these achievements, was stripping all of Mitchell’s high scores and banning him from future attempts after it was discovered that he was not playing on a regulation arcade version of “Donkey Kong” to set his records.

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Guinness World Records Disqualifies Perfect ‘ Pac - Man ’ Run , Rest of Billy Mitchell Records .

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Twin Galaxies wrote Thursday in an statement that Mitchell’s famous "Donkey Kong” score of 1,047,200 was not achieved on an arcade machine — a requirement for Twin Galaxies and Guinness — but rather through the use of emulation software. Using emulated software, and not the original circuit board version of the game, means a player could cheat in any number of potentially undetectable ways. That’s why all submitted high scores must be from playing on original, unmodified arcade machine.

“Twin Galaxies is Guinness World Records’ trusted adviser on video game high scores and as such we rely on it to monitor high score gaming records and handle any and all disputes that occur within its community,” a spokesperson told Variety. “The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell’s highest scores on ‘Donkey Kong’ have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for these achievements.”

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Billy Mitchell ’ s perfect “ Pac - Man ” run and highest score, as well as his “Donkey Kong” score “The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell ’ s highest scores on ‘Donkey Kong’ have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for these achievements .”

Billy Mitchell ’ s perfect “ Pac - Man ” run and highest score, as well as his “Donkey Kong” score made famous in the documentary “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarter,” will no longer be recognized by Guinness World Records , the organization told Variety on Friday.

“We also recognize records for first perfect score on ‘Pac-Man’ and Highest score on ‘Pac-Man,'” the spokesperson added. “Twin Galaxies was the original source of verification for these record titles and in line with their decision to remove all of Mr. Mitchell’s records from their system, we have disqualified Mr. Mitchell as the holder of these two records. Guinness World Records will look to update and find the appropriate holder of these records in the next few days. ”

Mitchell has not responded to Variety’s request for comment.

(Pictured: Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong champ, and Seth Gordon, director, “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”)

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