Game over for Billy?
For literally years now, there have been claims that Billy Mitchell cheated to get his world records in Donkey Kong. Mitchell has fought off these accusations numerous times, but the evidence continues to mount. Today brings us yet another wave of details that seem to indicate Billy’s wins were ill-gotten.
A new series of photos has surfaced that show Billy appeared to use an 8-way joystick mod for his Donkey Kong record, rather than the original 4-way joystick on standard Donkey Kong arcade machines. Obviously, using a more sophisticated joystick would make it easier to pull of crucial maneuvers.
This goes hand-in-hand with old claims that Mitchell achieved his scores via emulation, rather than actual hardware. Mitchell filed lawsuit against those who made the claim, saying he achieved his records on unmodified, original arcade hardware. Obviously, these new pictures seem to dispute that.
We’ll keep track of the situation going forward and let you know of any other discoveries.