A prominent Donkey Kong forum has removed some scores supposedly earned by legendary arcade game player Billy Mitchell after evidence that there was possible foul play. Mitchell's scores, which had set world records in Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., had been recognised by the forum for eight years.
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The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed to Kotaku that it has removed Todd Rogers' record Dragster high score from its database, as well as his record for the longest-standing video game high score, following Rogers' disqualification from the Twin Galaxies scoreboards yesterday.
In 1982, video game score-chaser Todd Rogers supposedly set a world record time of 5.51 seconds in the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster. Last year, speedrunners called that score into question. After a lengthy arbitration process, Rogers' score was removed from Twin Galaxies, an organisation that tracks video game records and high scores.
The current world record for the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster is 5.51 seconds. Thirty-five years after it was set, nobody has beaten or even tied it on official leaderboards. One speedrunner who has examined the game's inner workings believes that world record to be impossible, but the game's creator thinks it's legitimate. For now, the Dragster record is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the golden age of video games.
On February 4th, 1999, one of the greatest hoaxes in video game history began. The Zelda fandom was shock by a player claiming to have found the Triforce in Ocarina of Time. Ariana Almandoz, a gamer from Colombia, had all the details, but she wasn't quite ready to share them with the world. Through vague hints and convincing screenshots, she lead the fandom on a wild chase for Zelda's legendary treasure.
Here's an interesting look through video game history from Redditor and Imgur user zadoc, who posts a picture of every control pad he has in his extensive collection. Forty in total, from the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey (up there) - which looks like a piece of medical equipment doctors don't like to talk about anymore - through to far more familiar present day pads.