The Billy Mitchell Effect

The Billy Mitchell Effect

What has a mullet, wears tight black jeans and is good for gaming?

Read Full Article

This was a really cool artical Mr Endo, thank you very much for the read!

Billy Mitchell is still a raging assclown though. But, still, compelling there Endizzle. I still haven't forgiven you for your cheap SFIV loss though.

Yes, it is unfortunate that such a lack of savior faire is characteristic of those at the apex of gaming. Maybe it's akin to the lack of mental faculties most sports heroes exhibit in post-game interviews. Perhaps that is why Wiebe is portrayed as the hero in King of Kong, to give us a friendlier, more modest face. I guess we should be happy that we aren't associated with rapes or biting ears off, etc.

And I don't know about you, but I think it's more Donkey Kong, not Pac-Man, that invokes Mitchell's image for me. And even having said that, I still don't really associate those games that I spent hours playing in my youth with the top scorers I've only heard of and seen briefly. These small nuggets of fame that pro gamers receive are probably due to the fact that games are more interactive than sports. Gaming still isn't widely considered a spectator sport; it's much easier and rewarding to play them at home or even watch someone play them at your house. Even in a "home spectator" setting, people don't watch the player unless they wield the controller wildly. In much of videogame culture, the player is not the focus; the game is. So I don't think gaming needs Mitchell, Ashman, or any of them. They don't serve a purpose; they simply exist.

SF3 and Ikaruga vids gave me the chills. Really, they sent chills down my spine. They showed godly hand-eye coordination.

dwightsteel:
Billy Mitchell is still a raging assclown though. But, still, compelling there Endizzle. I still haven't forgiven you for your cheap SFIV loss though.

True, he is. But like him or hate him, he's done a LOT for making us remember the games of our youth. I wouldn't have cared at all about DK except for the fact that King of Kong made him look like an arrogant ass that didn't even man up to his Wiebe's challenge.

Got me to look at other classic games and what I want to work on in regards to past games. I was surprised at all of the people that still play the old arcade games. May go down to Florida just for that.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here