Donkey Kong High Score List Submission RulesNewest updates are underlined in the rules.Normative Rules
: The normative rules are the most preferred manner for scores to be submitted to the High Score List. It is the players responsibility to be familiar with these rules and should follow them as precisely as possible. 1.
The Donkey Kong Community prides itself on its close connection to all the best players in the world. Because of this, it is required that any scores posted to this high score list be done by the member who accomplished the score. This would require players to become a member of the Donkey Kong Forum by going through the Registration Process
You are to post your name and stream name to the List of Streamers
so that all players may have ample opportunity to witness your scores.3.
All scores must be streamed live on Twitch.4.
Your post to the Score Submissions
thread will include your name, date, score, and a link to the broadcast highlight. Be sure to highlight your game so it will be saved on your Twitch account and so that players can readily view the game. This highlight will be linked to the list so you will want to ensure it remains and is presentable. 5.
All scores achieved on MAME must be done on WolfMAME version 0.106 or newer using only the "US Set 1" ROM set. With the exception of scores achieved on Retro Uprising, other MAME programs are excluded.6.
All MAME submissions are to include an attached zip folder with the INP and WLF files. The WLF file is NOT required (and does not exist) for versions of WolfMAME .107 and newer.7.
All Arcade submissions are to be done on an original TKG-4 DK machine. TKG-3 or lower will be examined on a case by case basis and the ROMs must be US Set 1. Upon their first submissions newer members will need to briefly show us parts of the Donkey Kong Cabinet. You can stream this at the end of your game achievement showing the PCB with ROM chips, the underside of the control panel, and other parts of the cabinet. Members of the Donkey Kong Community love to see a good cabinet! 8.
4-way controls must be used on both the Arcade cabinet and through MAME. The "dkong" ROM for MAME is already set up to limit inputs to 4-way controls, whether played with a joystick or a keyboard. Any attempt to modify the "dkong" ROM for this or any other purpose will be rejected. Arcade players are to use 4-way controls only, requiring the 4-way restrictor plate. 8-way controls will be rejected.9.
The game must have been done in its entirety during a single play. Pausing or otherwise altering the speed of your game is not allowed and will lead to disqualification. Examples of pausing include pressing "P" to pause or grabbing the edge of MAME window with the mouse.10. Game Settings: Number of Jumpman: 3. Score Level for extra Jumpman: 7,000. Coinage and Table/Upright are Player's Choice. PLEASE NOTE: The TKG4 arcade manual recommends keeping Switch 8/H in the ON position. Also, Twin Galaxies may have different DIP Switch requirements. Players who wish to submit their performances to Twin Galaxies should double-check the required TG settings.Auxiliary Rules
: The auxiliary rules were created to evaluate scores that could not be submitted according to the normative rules. It is understood that there are occasions where the normative rules were either unknown or could not be followed for one reason or another. These rules evaluate the evidence to determine if it is sufficient in order to verify a score with a high degree of certainty.1.
Scores that were achieved live at an event, such as the Kong Off, or other live venue where your game can be observed live by others, particularly long standing members of the Donkey Kong Community will be accepted. 2.
In case of videos that demonstrate that the game was played live at an arcade in front of witnesses may be acceptable if other video requirements are not met. 3.
Scores verified by Twin Galaxies will be accepted. 4.
Any videos, such as those posted on YouTube, which shows only the final moments of a game must demonstrate a restart to prove that the game was started with a 3 lives setting.5.
Scores that were achieved on an "x-in-1" machine or other multi-PCB will be acceptable if the whole video is available demonstrating that continues were not utilized, unless there is other supporting evidence.6.
MARP submissions achieved with WolfMAME will be accepted as long as the INP and WLF (if necessary) files are present.7.
The only exception to WolfMAME for MAME submissions are those scores that are achieved at Retro Uprising. The following MUST be made available to be considered for inclusion on the High Score List: 1)
the actual INP of the game in question and 2)
a screenshot of the game time, recorded speed, and pause information as viewable by the moderators at Retro Uprising. It is highly recommended that any score attempts at Retro Uprising be streamed live. Any submissions that contain pauses or other deliberate speed changes (such as fast-forwarding through the loading and break screens) will be rejected.8.
It is recommended that those who achieved their performance with a recorded INP alone also stream their INP on Twitch.9.
The requirement for INP and WLF files addresses the possible falsification of a streamed game. If for some reason the player does not record their input along with their stream then they must demonstrate other evidences to address these concerns. These concerns predominantly include window capture only streaming formats. These evidences include: 1) showing the start up process of the game by clicking on the game in WolfMAME so we can see it is being started by the WolfMAME program. 2) At the end of the game, after the initials are entered, start another game while the game is still running. 3) Using the monitor capture format or using a webcam facing your monitor will enable people to see that you do not have any video software open on the bottom of the screen and that you are actually starting and playing a game live on Twitch.10.
Screenshots and photographs are not adequate evidence of a genuine score. 11.
The cumulative effect of multiple evidences will also play a factor in the acceptance of a score even if those evidences are not adequate alone.12.
Additionally, and most importantly, all scores on this list must be peer-reviewed in one manner or another. All scores which are being submitted according to the Auxiliary Rules will be handled on case by case bases and must be peer-reviewed, and a general consensus must be given by the DK Community that the score is probably genuine.Streaming Rules
: These streaming rules were created to help support the need for quality streams, and offers some general guidelines for the streaming requirement set forth in the Normative rules. 1.
It is the players responsibility to make sure that your stream is clearly visible at all times and that the score and level are easily recognizable.2.
If there is ANY question of score and level due to bad quality stream, that submission will be rejected, instantly, with no exceptions. It is suggested that you test your streams and check them from time to time to make sure they are working correctly.3.
It is highly recommended that any streaming, whether Arcade or MAME, show the player who is playing the game, and are encouraged to have audio available with a microphone so we can hear the player and game inputs. The more evidence that you can provide on your streams will only strengthen your score’s credibility.4.
Streaming formats that only capture your MAME window will automatically require the INP and WLF (if necessary) files. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you either have the INP and WLF (if necessary) files, or make sure that you are using the full monitor capture, or a webcam facing your monitor, or have as much supporting evidence as possible so that there can be no question concerning the validity of your scores.