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Former Donkey Kong champ Billy Mitchell blasts cheating accusations, vows to prove he stuck 'to the rules'

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Apr 16, 2018, 6:19 PM EDT

Last week, pro arcade gamer Billy Mitchell was stripped of his world-record high scores on Donkey Kong and Pac-Man after Twin Galaxies launched an investigation and determined he violated guidelines in attaining his high scores. 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 perfect results. 

Since Twin Galaxies only accepts records set on original games that have not been altered in any way, it banned Mitchell from competition, and the decision subsequently invalidated his standing with the Guinness World Records, which relies on Galaxies to verify video game world records. 

Now, Mitchell is firing back, standing by his scores while also claiming that he'll prove that they were authentic by providing evidence to be made public in the near future. 

In an official video statement posted via Old School Gamer MagazineMitchell said:

"The fact of the matter is now there is a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far as 35 years ago. 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. Not 2014 forward by the current regime, who wants to reach back 35 years. Everything will be transparent, everything will be available. I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. But it's taken a considerable amount of time, witnesses, documents... everything will be made available to you. Nothing will be withheld. You absolutely have my commitment to that. We've been at this since 1982, and it's not gonna stop now."