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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games 122

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

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  • by Joe Gillian ( 3683399 ) on Monday June 16, 2014 @11:24AM (#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?

  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Monday June 16, 2014 @12:36PM (#47247463) Homepage Journal

    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?

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.