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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the go-ahead-and-ask dept.

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samzenpus (5) writes Billy Mitchell owns the Rickey's World Famous Restaurant chain, sells his own line of hot sauces, and was called, "probably the greatest arcade-video-game player of all time". He was the first to achieve a perfect score in Pac-Man, and held many record scores in other arcade games. He is probably most famous for the 2007 documentary,"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters". The film follows a challenger on his quest to surpass Billy's high score in Donkey Kong, which Mitchell had set in 1982. Since the film was made, the Kong crown has been held by a number people including twice by Mitchell. Billy has agreed to put down the quarters and answer any questions you might have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.

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Important Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246499)

Do you still get late night drunken phone calls from East Side Dave?

What Game Next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246523)

What game(s) are you working on now?

The Hair (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246529)

Seriously, what's up with that?

Re:The Hair (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247283)

I think you just stated "I hate your looks" in the form of a question. I don't think it should be dignified with an answer.

Re:The Hair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247491)

When the 80's called to say they wanted their mullet back, my man Billy refused to accept the charges.

Modern computer games. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246545)

Do you play many modern computer games these days, such as the current (Xbox One / Playstation 4) or recent generation? How do you think they differ from decades ago with cabinet based titles you are so well known for playing?

Re:Modern computer games. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47249325)

Are there video game groupies?

OK (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47246577)

Why did you waste all that money on Donkey Kong when Galaga is clearly the superior game?

Regret? (5, Interesting)

Catiline (186878) | about 5 months ago | (#47246581)

What (if anything) do you regret about your fame as a champion video game player?

Re:Regret? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47246607)

I suspect after he reads the comments on /., answering these question will become his greatest regret.

heh.

Re:Regret? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47248559)

+1

A Lost Era (5, Interesting)

niado (1650369) | about 5 months ago | (#47246593)

Every arcade that I have been inside in the last 10 years or so has been filled with terrible ticket-churning games. The commoditization of gaming hardware seems to have permanently killed off the classic arcade. Do you think this is an accurate observation, and do you see any way that the arcade-game scene could be rejuvenated?

Re:A Lost Era (3, Informative)

Dok.P (3696025) | about 5 months ago | (#47246671)

As an amateur operator, with only about 100 or so games, the claim that the classic arcade era is dead, is a grave mistake. Barcade is wildly successful all over the country, and Arcade "museums" are as popular as ever. Perhaps the days of getting burned by an older kid being careless with his cigarette in a jam packed mall arcade are finished, but that's no real great loss.

Re:A Lost Era (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about 5 months ago | (#47246739)

Barcade is wildly successful all over the country

All over the country? The Barcade website lists 3 locations. NY, Philly and New Joisy. So has the country reverted to the original colonies, or do you mean "Barcade like" locations?

Barcade idea and don't need chains like Dave (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 5 months ago | (#47246829)

Barcade idea and don't need chains like dave and busters that are loaded with the ticket and prize games.

Chicago has a few with lots of pinball and other video games.

Re:A Lost Era (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246835)

He probably means the "barcade" concept.

We've got two in Chicago, with a third opening later this summer.

Re:A Lost Era (1)

thunderbird32 (1138071) | about 5 months ago | (#47246987)

Better yet, Chicago (or rather Brookfield, to be more precise) has Galloping Ghost. A REAL arcade of the old-school style. One of, if not the, largest arcades in the country.

Re:A Lost Era (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 5 months ago | (#47248287)

Brixies near by has lot's of beer, good food and a good medieval madness with an color dmd

Re:A Lost Era (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 5 months ago | (#47248281)

There are more then 2 with some planing to open 2th sites.

Re:A Lost Era (4, Interesting)

psyclone (187154) | about 5 months ago | (#47247083)

Even if there are arcade "museums" and other classic arcade venues to be found, do any of those have NEW games? There's a new 4-player pac man game (amidst many ticket-churning games) at a local arcade, which is fun, but it's an iteration on an old game.

My Billy Mitchell question: Is there anything new out there in arcade games that play in a more or less classic style, but don't churn out tickets?

Re:A Lost Era (1)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47247451)

Why can't that 4-player Pac-Man game be sold for PC, where players get matched up with other players all over the world (or all over the region, if it's latency-sensitive)?

Re:A Lost Era (1)

psyclone (187154) | about 5 months ago | (#47248235)

It was Pac-Man Battle Royale [bhmvending.com] which could easily be a mobile/PC/web multi-player game.

Re:A Lost Era (1)

Dok.P (3696025) | about 5 months ago | (#47248231)

I don't see any appeal to new games... It's about nostalgia, not about some Xbox Live indie store clone...

Re:A Lost Era (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 5 months ago | (#47248291)

You can find places with new pinball games and yes they can be setup with tickets but most places do not use the ticket part.

Re:A Lost Era (2)

tommeke100 (755660) | about 5 months ago | (#47247165)

Same question.
I grew up playing Wonder Boy, Double Dragon, Yie Ar Kungfu, etc...
Grew out of it after Street Fighter 2.
Most of these games could be played and beaten with a single coin (Double Dragon being my favorite).
Then something changed. Suddenly you couldn't even finish the first level without putting back money into the machine.

Did you also feel this transition (or maybe those games aren't classic enough), or did I just suck too much and these games were beatable after all?

de l'autre cote (1)

justthinkit (954982) | about 5 months ago | (#47247775)

When I first started putting games into arcades, players would play for an hour on a single quarter. My Double Dragon machine was a complete waste of money.
Then I got smart and bought some of those arcade-killer games...

Billy Mitchell (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 5 months ago | (#47246613)

Wasn't hr the first guy to sink a battleship by bombing it from the air?

Re:Billy Mitchell (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 5 months ago | (#47247235)

No way Fiw's crappy cousin could do that.

Definition, please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246655)

What is your definition of OCD?

Re:Definition, please (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 5 months ago | (#47246749)

It's probably Omega-Centipede-Defender.

Re:Definition, please (2)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 5 months ago | (#47247245)

Omega Race gets my vote for underrated game of its time. It immerses you, relies on reflex gaming, is pretty fair, and there are several strategies to employ of various success rates. If you're good at it, you can play for quite some time. Try it sometime on Mame, though realize the dial control of the game doesn't translate perfectly to keyboard. It took me some time adjusting the sensitivity to have an okay time.

Controversial Question: (0)

I'm New Around Here (1154723) | about 5 months ago | (#47246691)

Do you think Creationists should be denied universal healthcare if they claim the right to bear arms?

Based on past interviews, this should be the most discussed question when he answers.

Re:Controversial Question: (2)

jratcliffe (208809) | about 5 months ago | (#47246927)

Couple minor tweaks:

Do you think unvaccinated Creationists should be denied universal healthcare if they claim the right to bear Linux-based arms?

Re:Controversial Question: (2)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 5 months ago | (#47246959)

no no, 3d printed arms, from companies selling their blueprints for bitcoins.

Recruited by the Star League (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246697)

Have you ever been approached by an extraterrestrial recruiter?

Maiming with MAME. (2)

Dok.P (3696025) | about 5 months ago | (#47246699)

Billy, is it as heart breaking for you to see someone butchering classic games that, with a little effort, could easily be restored, for the sake of some assclown hacking together a glorified Bally/Midway 60 in 1 with a bag of Skittles dumped on the control panel?

Re:Maiming with MAME. (1)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 5 months ago | (#47248097)

Converting old cabinets to MAME boxes is hardly butchering. Old arcade hardware (late 80s to 2000 or so) is a pain in the ass to own. There are at least five different architectures, none of which are compatible with each other, and you can only fit so many games in one cabinet and have to reboot the whole thing to switch between them, sometimes even having to open the cabinet up and physically switch boards in order to boot to a different game. The hardware is STILL prohibitively expensive to own, with even common boards still going for the hundreds or thousands of dollars. On top of that, some of the architectures had things like built-in planned obsolescence (see: Capcom and CPS1/CPS2) to force arcade owners to buy new hardware, meaning that anything using that architecture is now gone for good.

Now, is it a different story if the original hardware is intact? Yes. However, unless you want to run only cabinets devoted to a single game, MAME is a far more attractive option.

Re:Maiming with MAME. (1)

Dok.P (3696025) | about 5 months ago | (#47248255)

What in the hell are you talking about? Hundreds or thousands of dollars? I don't think I've spent more than $50 on an intact cab, ever. I suppose an idiot who spends $1000 on a horribly "restored" Ms. Pacman doesn't know how a soldering iron or a ROM programmer work either...

Re:Maiming with MAME. (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 5 months ago | (#47248639)

You're responding to the wrong thing.

He's saying that some boards are expensive, should you restore, say, a JAMMA a cabinet and want to actually own multiple games and swap original hardware.

There are numerous $200-500 boards on eBay right now, and a quick search for expensive JAMMA boards has threads discussing rare boards costing well over $1000.

Of *course* you can get a 60-in-1 board from Hong Kong for cheap in your "real" JAMMA cabinet, and you can *absolutely* just emulate nearly everything in MAME, but, he's totally right, real boards can cost a lot.

You were the bad guy (3, Interesting)

Scottingham (2036128) | about 5 months ago | (#47246707)

In the documentary, you were definitely made out to be the 'bad guy'. I'm sure reality was a bit more complicated than what the movie portrayed.

Have you and the challenger kept in touch? Are things more amicable than they were back then?

Re:You were the bad guy (5, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 5 months ago | (#47247089)

How about answering the main charge directly: Why don't you play in public like all the other challengers?

Re:You were the bad guy (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 5 months ago | (#47248817)

All the other challengers? They're almost all video-taped sumissions.

Or by "in public" do you mean sitting in your garage like Steve Wiebe recording yourself? Or like Tim Sczerby, who had the #2 score in 2007 (not Mitchell), since Wiebe was already #1 in 2003 with a previously submitted video tape -- he was bumping up his own score.

The record has changed hands like 10 more times since then, to 4-5 players, including Mitchell.

Re:You were the bad guy (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 5 months ago | (#47249117)

There are regular public events where people come to break records in public, negating the need for a video tape. There has been a lot of controversy about video submissions and the possibility that they were faked. When all you have is a low quality VHS tape it's hard to tell if what you are seeing is the result of emulation or if the machine was set to the correct competition settings etc.

More over, in The King of Kong Mitchell says that playing in public is what really counts, but in an unguarded moment his girlfriend admits that he never plays in public himself. I'm interested to hear Mitchell's side of the story.

Re:You were the bad guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247127)

From wikipedia: "[Seth] Gordon has claimed to have painted Billy Mitchell as a more light-hearted character than his real life persona[26] concerning the movie. Gordon also claims that Billy Mitchell is "so much worse than we painted him out to be," but he chose to only include scenes that were necessary to tell the story, because the movie would have been "darker" had he not played with the facts.[26]"

Identity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246715)

Watching King of Kong, I felt as if you were cast as the villain who was stuck in the past and couldn't move on in life. How would you describe your identity and what you ultimately want out of life?

Do You Regret... (3, Interesting)

sexconker (1179573) | about 5 months ago | (#47246737)

Do you regret wasting your life on pointless video games?
How many hours do you estimate you've put into DK and other games?

I'm not even trolling. I really want to know.

Re:Do You Regret... (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 5 months ago | (#47247331)

If you weren't trolling you wouldn't have asserted that he was wasting his life, and you wouldn't have called video games pointless. Video games most certainly have a point, as much as any entertainment product. As for wasting his life, he owns a restaurant chain and is slinging hot sauce. What are you doing with your life, other than trolling?

Re:Do You Regret... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 5 months ago | (#47248649)

If you weren't trolling you wouldn't have asserted that he was wasting his life, and you wouldn't have called video games pointless. Video games most certainly have a point, as much as any entertainment product. As for wasting his life, he owns a restaurant chain and is slinging hot sauce. What are you doing with your life, other than trolling?

I do lots of things with my life, including trolling and wasting my time on pointless video games. However I'm not trolling now - I am legitimately interested in how much he considers this time to be a waste, particularly when those hours are tallied up.
Maybe you're still in your teens, but as you get older you'll become increasingly aware that the sand is quickly draining from your hourglass.

Re:Do You Regret... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47248841)

Just because you have a legitimate interest in an answer to a question, does not mean you have to be a dick about it.

Re:Do You Regret... (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 5 months ago | (#47249097)

I am legitimately interested in how much he considers this time to be a waste

That is a different question than this:

Do you regret wasting your life on pointless video games?

One of those is trolling, one of them is not.

Re:Do You Regret... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 5 months ago | (#47250185)

I'm asking Billy Mitchell a question - I don't need to run it by you or other slashtards first to get your blessing.

Re:Do You Regret... (1)

DrGamez (1134281) | about 5 months ago | (#47249799)

I do lots of things with my life, including trolling [...]

Haha why would you write such a thing?

Is this what kids do for fun nowadays? Even if you do "troll", why the hell would you tell anyone this?

I don't know if I should shake my stick at you for being a shitty internet netizen or shake my stick at you for being a shitty troll.

Re:Do You Regret... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 5 months ago | (#47250179)

Why would I not? Everyone trolls. Why would I hide it? Are you new to the internet?

Do You Regret... (2)

indros13 (531405) | about 5 months ago | (#47247399)

If you're not trolling, you may want to try re-phrasing without loaded language, e.g. "Do you ever regret spending so many hours playing video games?" Otherwise, we might ask you why you spend so much time posting to pointless Slashdot Q&A articles...

Re:Do You Regret... (3, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47247463)

The allegedly loaded language in sexconker's question raises another question for Billy Mitchell:

Which video games do you think are pointless, and what makes a game pointless?

Why are you such a creepy douchebag? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246763)

And why does your wife look like she was 3D printed by a blind person?

How much time? (4, Interesting)

turp182 (1020263) | about 5 months ago | (#47246765)

Can you estimate how many hours you have spent playing Donkey Kong? Is it still fun to play?

Re:How much time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47248459)

What is the preferred term for the Donkey Kong level: "conveyor belts" or "pie factory"? Do you ever want to punch someone in the face for using the wrong term?

Also, does picking up the purse make you kind of gay?
 

"Competitive" Gaming? (4, Insightful)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 5 months ago | (#47246797)

What is your opinion on today's competitive gaming, where there are corporate sponsors, live streams viewed by thousands, tournaments with prize money in the millions of dollars, and a focus on games made to be played competitively - games like Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike GO, DOTA and its dozens of clones, Street Fighter, and even modern competitive Pac-Man (Championship Edition DX II)? Do you think it is an improvement over the eighties, where perfect-scoring Pac-Man got you some media attention and that was pretty much it?

Should the game producers have Starcraft 2 conrotl (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 5 months ago | (#47248349)

Should the game producers have the Starcraft 2 level of control over events?

Best conversion? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246803)

Do you have a favorite pre-1990's console conversion of Donkey Kong? Maybe Colecovision or Atari 7800, etc..

How many times have you beaten ET for the 2600? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246879)

Really, let's find out about your performance in that game. That's what really matters. No other game matches it.

Re:How many times have you beaten ET for the 2600? (1)

narcc (412956) | about 5 months ago | (#47249551)

It's even better with the new DLC [neocomputer.org] .

Modern Arcade Games (2)

pecosdave (536896) | about 5 months ago | (#47246909)

How do you feel about the modern trend of getting away from joysticks and buttons to almost exclusively shifting towards a combination of a revival of pre-video game type arcade games and novel/gimmick interfaces?

How do you feel about the Documentary? (3, Interesting)

Kagato (116051) | about 5 months ago | (#47246965)

Most documentaries have a particular point of view and editing can really define how someone comes off. Most people would agree you did not come off particularly well in the documentary. Would you ever consider doing another documentary?

each generation trains itself for its future (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47246967)

Do you believe all that Donkey Kong, all those hours of gaming, trained (prepared) you for your life ?
i.e. was it practice, on some (mental) level ?

Donkey Kong Clones? (3, Interesting)

yorgo (595005) | about 5 months ago | (#47247033)

What is your experience and opinion on the many Donkey Kong clones, like Congo Bongo, Crazy Kong, Konkey Kong, Monkey Kong, Donkey King, or even Popeye?

In reverse (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47247505)

One might say that Donkey Kong is a Popeye clone. Nintendo was developing a video game adaptation of Popeye, which it retooled to use original characters when negotiation with King Features weren't going well. Had DK development gone according to plan, the Popeye we know would have been Popeye 2.

World famous? (1)

grunter (35840) | about 5 months ago | (#47247047)

I for one have never heard of "Rickey's World Famous Restaurant chain" (Australian living in the U.K.) So it can't be *that* world famous...!

Attraction/appeal (2)

andyring (100627) | about 5 months ago | (#47247061)

Mr. Mitchell,

What attracted you to Donkey Kong? There are several video games of that era which could easily be considered classics, such as PacMan, Donkey Kong, etc. What was it about Donkey Kong in particular that kept you coming back to it?

Re:Attraction/appeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247479)

According to TFS, he was the first to get a perfect score in Pac-Man, which is the only other game you mentioned. Why would you keep playing Pac-Man if it is impossible to increase your best score?

Your personality and the movie. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247097)

The movie, "King of Kong" made it appear that your cozy relationship with the adjudicator introduced a bias and double standard that undermined the credibility of Walter Day's record keeping. Despite your unflattering portrayal in the movie Seth Gordon claims to have portrayed you as a more light-hearted character than you are in reality because if he showed the real you the movie would have been "darker". Has viewing the movie altered how you see yourself and your approach to life?

Re:Your personality and the movie. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247519)

And have you ever felt a moral obligation to fix the record of the contest? Not the "record" but the manly one Vs. one record.

Hey man, I'm a world class player too (2, Interesting)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 5 months ago | (#47247179)

I excelled at every video game I played at far above anyone else I've met. Every competition I've been in, I've done very well too. I ranked high in the Nintendo World Championships in what 89? I got #1 in ladder in Starcraft back in 99. I got first to 1500 wins in Warcraft3 and #1 in ladder in 1v1,2v2 and 3v3.

So my question is: Have you ever wanted to design an ultimate skill based game?

I'm also a programmer/designer. I got into game design in 87 when I played all the games that were out there and had ideas for my own. My main ideas as a kid was "Action/RPG", and MMORPGS. These were good ideas and as anyone can tell they're where we went as an industry. The problem is that MMORPGS have little reflex skill involved, and Action/RPG can be beat by just leveling your player up.

So lately I've been wondering in how to make a video game similar to those 80s games in terms of relying on reflexes, yet still be fun for the modern player who likes to bathe in powerups(levels, skill trees and equipment). Do you have an idea you might want to share? We could work together to see it through. I'm just finishing a video game that is like Zelda and is going on Kongregate.com hopefully in the next few weeks. If you want to play the engine the game was built on, just be sure to login to save your progress. [shockwave.com]

Dear Mr. Mitchell.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247271)

What are your thoughts on modern focus of Storyline and Context over the old days of skill and high scores? Also Can you give any insight on what you think of Virtual Reality and the Oculus Rift?

How much... (2)

Lodragandraoidh (639696) | about 5 months ago | (#47247297)

How much money did you spend in the 1980s on video games? I recall thinking $10 to $20 a day was a lot of money at the arcade back then - but nowhere near enough game time to build up 'pro gamer' skills... were you independently wealthy, or had some other secret?

Hot sauces? (3, Interesting)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 5 months ago | (#47247317)

Do you have a ghost pepper hot sauce? If not, do you know where I could get a good one?

I've been eating so many nachos that it surprised me when I can barely even notice Habaneros give me any heat.

The obvious step is to go up a notch, but I can't find any ghost pepper sauces at my local grocery store, and I'm hesitant to buy ghost peppers from out of the country on Ebay. Ebay is pretty bad when people screw up your order to begin with, but ingesting something you buy on Ebay steps it up to a new level of trust I don't think Ebay deserves.

Re:Hot sauces? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247461)

I am going to answer this by saying that if you order from http://www.mohotta.com/ and go with scary hot sauces you will feel it.

I like the mad dog inferno, while not has not as others, it has a good blend of spice. It not not crazy hot, but if you don't feel any burn, I would be very surprised.

FYI - The Indians at my work will run away from it.

Re:Hot sauces? (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 5 months ago | (#47249159)

Thank you. You'd think there would have been a link in the summary.

Ms PacMan record (1)

master_p (608214) | about 5 months ago | (#47247319)

Question: what is your Ms PacMan record?

high scores (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247345)

I miss the days where the goal of a game is to get the high score. They still exist but the percentage of such are lower. What are your thoughts on this?

Flappy (1)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47247559)

I miss the days where the goal of a game is to get the high score.

What's your high score in Splashy Fish?

Re:high scores (1)

DrGamez (1134281) | about 5 months ago | (#47249839)

I enjoy games that compete for high score, but the landscape is just too different.

It's one thing when you're the kind of the local arcade that sees 1,000 unique players a year, but it's another thing when you're competing online with literally millions of others. The top 10 are usually all cheats/hackers who just want to see their name in lights.

I much prefer the trend of having Friend Leaderboards, or Local Leaderboards, just to help provide some level of context to your score.

So Billy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247385)

Myself and my friends who have seen the documentary and the actions of you and your cadre have just one question. How come we could never see your arm as you operated your army of ass puppets? Seriously you must have been shoulder deep in Steve... Some of us think you wore green washing up gloves and it was edited out.

reddit IAMA (1)

aabrown (154032) | about 5 months ago | (#47247449)

Hey - how about you forgo all this old timey stuff and just ask him to do a reddit IAMA? Ask him all you want in REAL TIME. Whoa - we're in THE FUTURE! :-)

Do people ever mistake you for King Dong? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247469)

Do people ever mistake you for King Dong, and if so are they disappointed?

Like Steve Jobs, with more dubious accomplishments (2, Interesting)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 5 months ago | (#47247497)

What's it like knowing that the only thing people will remember you for is that you're a dick?

Do you want to remembered differently than your words and deeds in that documentary portrayed you, or, as in the words of Jack Sparrow, is it simply enough that "you have heard of me?"

Re:Like Steve Jobs, with more dubious accomplishme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247539)

I think that this is a very fair question.

Re:Like Steve Jobs, with more dubious accomplishme (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 5 months ago | (#47248681)

What's it like knowing that the only thing people will remember you for is that you're a dick?

Some people need to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror. And I don't mean Billy.

fuck billy mitchell (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247571)

he was never "great", let alone "greatest"... i never even saw him play. he cowers behind the twin galaxies overloads and actively blocks competition from others.

also, his hair looks like shit.

STEVE WIEBE IS THE GREATEST.

Re:fuck billy mitchell (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47250867)

You are a fuckwit.

Will you ever play PacMan again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47247589)

Or, is it a major endeavor that has now been accomplished, a milestone achieved, and a lot of work? I imagine that playing a full perfect game must take some time, and if you fail to eat even a single blue ghost on level 46 then you'd be inclined to just walk away from the game (or suicide off the rest of your lives) because there'd be little motivation to finishing a now-botched attempt. A marathon session must consist of a certain amount of stress and required effort spread throughout the lengthy games, and maybe you'd prefer to invest your energies in a different goal. Knowing that there are similar alternatives (Ms. PacMan, Jr. PacMan), does the first game have sufficient remaining draw?

gaming and gamers (2)

globaljustin (574257) | about 5 months ago | (#47247905)

Thanks for taking the time, Mr. Mitchell!

My question: What do you think of the evolution of video games *since* Pac-Man and that sort of golden era of arcade and Atari gaming? Do you think changes in gamers's expectations for difficulty and entertainment from the games have changed?

Actual interesting question #1 (2)

func.logik() (1605697) | about 5 months ago | (#47247943)

What exactly happened, between yourself and Roy Shildt, to cause you to take out a restraining order on him?

donkey.bas (1)

steak (145650) | about 5 months ago | (#47248697)

what's your high score?

Will you ever have the Donkey Kong record again? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47249017)

When the King of Kong came out you, and Steve were the only ones who could score at least 1.04 million on this game. It was rumored you even had a private personal best of around 1.15 million. Since then some major things have changed. There are now about seven people who can score over 1.1 million, and three that have scored higher than even your private person best.

As you have said on previous occasions, that you are a family man first, and a business man second, and Donkey Kong at the moment is pretty low on the priority list. If I am not mistaken you have plans to get serious with Donkey Kong in a few years when you hit 55 because your kids will be fully grown by then.

By that time though it may very well be too late. There will be many players who will have had a decade of Donkey Kong playing experience while you are trying to learn the game at a more advanced age. Because of this, do you really think you have any shot whatsoever at regaining the Donkey Kong Arcade world record?

roflol (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47249197)

Hey Bill,

I will have the large order of wings (medium) with a large order of curley fries and 2 large cokes.

How far did you ever get playing Ms Pac-Man blindfolded?

Do you still phone prank people like you did with Mogermen and Demner?

Competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47249341)

Will you ever get back into competitive DK playing and if so what adjustments would you need to make to your game in order to have a shot at the WR? What are your thoughts on the competitive Donkey Kong scene?

So.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47249755)

What's it like not knowing the inside of a live woman?

That's my question.

Height (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47250065)

You are quite tall. I am quite tall as well and find hunching over upright arcade cabinets uncomfortable for extended periods of time. Do you have any thoughts concerning posture or, alternatively, for an upright cabinet design that would suit quite tall people without looking like a goofy, tall thing?

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