Since that time, Mitchell has been on a mission to clear his name and show that he really is the King of Kong. "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," said Mitchell in mid-April after having his records stripped.
"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."
This week, Mitchell took the next step to live up the name "King of Kong" by going on an epic run at the Glitch Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can see the run via this Twitch stream. If you don't have the stamina to make it through the entire stream, the run starts at around the 1:44:00 mark and goes on for another two and a half hours. In the end, Mitchell steps away from the cabinet after racking up a score of 1,000,000 points.
We're not certain this run will be enough to silence his critics, but Mitchell definitely has the chops to hang with the best players in the world with or without an emulator. That still doesn't excuse the use of an emulator -- which to our knowledge, Mitchell still hasn't owned up to -- so this saga will likely continue for quite some time.
To learn more about Billy Mitchell, you might want to watch the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters which details his obsession with Donkey Kong.