Not even a week after the invalidation of a 35-year-old gaming record, another controversy enveloped a big-name game and top-flight performer: Billy Mitchell, the first player to score one million in Donkey Kong, home of arguably the most prestigious and longest-running competitive scene in video gaming for high scores. Update (April 15, 2018): On April 12, Twin Galaxies returned a decision against MItchell, finding that the three scores in question were not played on original printed circuit boards (PCB) of Donkey Kong and thus were not valid. Twin Galaxies vacated all of Mitchell’s scores and banished him from further participation in their leaderboards. This post has been slightly revised to account for the new developments. Mitchell has had three million-point high scores thrown out by Donkey Kong’s largest online community. Another is under question at Twin Galaxies, the high score clearinghouse that, at the end of January, wiped out one of the most notable records in … [Read more...] about The case against an all-time Donkey Kong great, explained (Update)
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Not even a week after the invalidation of a 35-year-old gaming record, another controversy enveloped a big-name game and top-flight performer: Billy Mitchell, the first player to score one million in Donkey Kong, home of arguably the most prestigious and longest-running competitive scene in video gaming for high scores. Mitchell has had three million-point high scores thrown out by Donkey Kong’s largest online community. Another is under question at Twin Galaxies, the high score clearinghouse that, at the end of January, wiped out one of the most notable records in games, which was set in console gaming’s earliest days. In extremely technical and detailed posts by his peers, Mitchell is accused of falsifying the platform on which he set several of his marks, if not also using prohibited methods of achieving them. But the accusations have also led the gaming community to ask: What is going on? How did we come to this point? What is the sudden interest in high scores, and … [Read more...] about The case against an all-time Donkey Kong great, explained
It’s funny that I recently reported on Anita Sarkeesian’s new YouTube series Tropes vs Women in Video Games, where she dissects the portrayal of women in games, for better or worse, and then I came across this [thanks to GameInformer]: a father got his daughter to love old school games like Donkey Kong, but she got bummed out that she couldn’t play as Pauline and save Mario. So, like any awesome father, he decided to hack the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline.Below is a video detailing his efforts and showing off the gameplay. And honestly, how awesome is it? … [Read more...] about Roles Reversed: Play as Pauline in Donkey Kong
It's rare for a game to hold up so well that we still love playing it 20 years later. It's even rarer for a game to be so good that players are still modding it and creating levels for it. Doom is the shining example, but in the ROM hack community, there's another obvious choice: Super Mario 64.Leaping around the Mushroom Kingdom still feels great, and even the blocky, low-res environments have aged gracefully thanks to their bold lines and bright colours. SM64 was Nintendo at its best, and 3D platformers have spent the last two decades trying to recapture its sublimity. The PC, sadly, has missed out on most of those contenders, like Ratchet & Clank and Banjo-Kazooie. Through the power of emulation, ROM hackers have rejuvenated the games of yesteryear, injecting new levels, new stories, and new life into the games we grew up with.Kaze Emanuar has spent the last three years doing exactly that for Super Mario 64. From his Donkey Kong-64-inspired total conversion to his 3D take on … [Read more...] about Super Mario 64 ROM hack Last Impact is the sequel we never got
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is rather scarce. When you take childhood nostalgia, form it into the perfect living room conversation piece, and launch it right after a globally traumatizing event such as the United States’ general election, it’s a good bet that sucker is gonna sell out! especially when it’s marketed to a demographic that considers every cent of its income disposable.So! What if you are unable to obtain one? Could you go to, say, eBay and buy a console and each of the 30 cartridges that are installed on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition? You can! How much will that cost? The good news is it would be a lot less than the $500 or $1,000 that unscrupulous profiteers are seeking. The bad news is it’s more than the $59.99 the thing is supposed to cost.So, let’s get to shoppin’! All prices are the lowest listed on eBay as of today, shipping included, within the United States:• Nintendo … [Read more...] about Would it be cheaper to buy a real NES and all of the old games off eBay?