"The use of MAME or any other emulation software for submission to these leader boards is strictly forbidden". Mitchell insists that the investigation will reveal that everything was done "professionally" and 'according to the rules'.
A Donkey Kong arcade game.
Mitchell has been a big name in gaming for decades, holding several world record scores.
The investigation, carried out by Twin Galaxies - the organization that records video game high scores - found that the scores recorded by Mitchell had not been attained on a genuine arcade machine, as he had claimed.
In February, Twin Galaxies fielded a complaint by another gamer challenging three of Mitchell's scores. An investigation was launched into the video footage taken of each of the high scoring games. The dispute alleged that Mitchell achieved his scores on an emulator and not original hardware, which opens the door to cheating through a variety of methods.
Mitchell is one the highest-profile gamers in the world due to his list of records.
In addition, Steve Wiebe, who featured in King of Kong alongside Mitchell as the protagonist of the documentary (for lack of a better term), has also also spoken out in light of the controversy. He adamantly denies it and promised in a video statement to prove his scores are valid.
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, [and] the integrity that was set up.
Essentially, the Donkey Kong record he broke wasn't on a Donkey Kong machine, and that ain't cool, but also he might not have broken it anyway, and that's even less cool.