Donkey Kong King Reclaims His Throne

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Donkey Kong King Reclaims His Throne

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The always exciting world of competitive Donkey Kong playing has a new champion once again, with a familiar bearded face.

King of Kong co-star Billy Mitchell has reclaimed the Donkey Kong high score world record once again as of this weekend. The latest battle for the record popularized by the 2007 documentary has been won by the shiny-haired hot sauce entrepreneur for now.

Though the Donkey Kong record was once a back-and-forth between Mitchell and other King of Kong co-star Steve Wiebe, a surprise challenger appeared in March that held the record until yesterday. Hank Chien's previous record of 1,061,700 points was broken by Mitchell at Iowa's International Videogame Hall of Fame with a referee-verified score of 1,062,800.

But that's not all. The ever-confident Mitchell also broke the world record for Donkey Kong Jr. on the same day. Steve Wiebe held the title's record as of February, which was broken in April, but now again overruled by Mitchell.

Mitchell was only planning to take care of Donkey Kong, but says: "I remember a lot of celebration; hugs, kisses and a lot of hooting and hollering. Once that died down, stood there looking at Donkey Kong Jr. and thought 'there's one more thing I have to take care of'." And he did.

While Mitchell gets a bad rap for being overly arrogant (just watch King of Kong to see what I mean), he says that's just his way. Mitchell actually stopped playing as soon as he beat Chien's Donkey Kong record, instead of trying to get an even higher score. He said: "Some say I'm being cocky. Some say I'm being lazy. I say, I'm being Billy Mitchell." Whether he's cocky, arrogant, a total *****, or just a smart competitor, one thing's for sure: The man has great hair, and that counts for a lot these days.

Source: Twin Galaxies

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This might be deja vu but I have a feeling the very last paragraph as in down to the word has already been posted.

I have to say, that is stunningly awesome hair. Oh, and the score's impressive I guess...
But not as impressive as the hair!

You know...I watched King of Kong and I thought Billy was an asshole. Now that I think about it though, hes just being a competitor and a little taunting is actually pretty hysterical considering that its just a game and he is having fun toying with his competition.

If someone were to mock up trollface with his hair, that'd be a fairly accurate representation of what I see when I look at him.

Donkey Kong is Serious business I take it.

Anyway, Good for him, but someone is simply going to come along and take it from him.

Dr. wonderful:
Donkey Kong is Serious business I take it.

Anyway, Good for him, but someone is simply going to come along and take it from him.

I wonder if that's why he stopped after getting the score back instead of continuing. Maybe he did it just so someone can take it, and then be like "Haha nope" and steal it away again.

I think he's trollin'!

...People still care about this? Really? Huh. Takes all types, I suppose, what with a decadent capitalist society and whatnot...

yea i've seen King of Kong on G4...awesome hair or not he's a real prick...

That was a great movie man, I loved it. Billy Mitchell is so damn charismatic.

BehattedWanderer:
...People still care about this? Really? Huh. Takes all types, I suppose, what with a decadent capitalist society and whatnot...

It's like any other game, it's just that electronic games are "arriving" to take a place alongside sports. One could argue that any nation that has a professional athlete class is also decadent.

In this case though it seems like a competition between hobbyists because I don't think there is any money involved in this, just bragging rights.

I don't follow it too much, but even though the guy seems like a jerk, he's a fun "heel". Competitions would probably be a lot more boring if it wasn't for guys like this and Brock Lesner. :)

Therumancer:

BehattedWanderer:
...People still care about this? Really? Huh. Takes all types, I suppose, what with a decadent capitalist society and whatnot...

It's like any other game, it's just that electronic games are "arriving" to take a place alongside sports. One could argue that any nation that has a professional athlete class is also decadent.

In this case though it seems like a competition between hobbyists because I don't think there is any money involved in this, just bragging rights.

I don't follow it too much, but even though the guy seems like a jerk, he's a fun "heel". Competitions would probably be a lot more boring if it wasn't for guys like this and Brock Lesner. :)

I'll agree that smack talk is vital to the competitive atmosphere, but I won't concede you that dickishness is. The prominence to be the best is fine, but when it comes merely to "just to beat someone else", then we're crossing a line, and that's not as cool. Though, I will, if you allow, borrow your analogy of everyone's favorite electronic media being comparable to sporting events.

...I wish I could have that hair. That's fan-furking-tastic hair.

BehattedWanderer:

Therumancer:

BehattedWanderer:
...People still care about this? Really? Huh. Takes all types, I suppose, what with a decadent capitalist society and whatnot...

It's like any other game, it's just that electronic games are "arriving" to take a place alongside sports. One could argue that any nation that has a professional athlete class is also decadent.

In this case though it seems like a competition between hobbyists because I don't think there is any money involved in this, just bragging rights.

I don't follow it too much, but even though the guy seems like a jerk, he's a fun "heel". Competitions would probably be a lot more boring if it wasn't for guys like this and Brock Lesner. :)

I'll agree that smack talk is vital to the competitive atmosphere, but I won't concede you that dickishness is. The prominence to be the best is fine, but when it comes merely to "just to beat someone else", then we're crossing a line, and that's not as cool. Though, I will, if you allow, borrow your analogy of everyone's favorite electronic media being comparable to sporting events.

What I was thinking is that I do not see this as being all that differant from one world class fighter wanting specifically to beat another one, even if there is no title on the line (at the moment). You see it with boxers, UFC fighters, and others. While it's since been resolved, consider that the whole Lesner/Miir thing is an example, Miir beat Lesner originally, and those two went at it for a while making it quite clear they wanted to meet again (though I'm sure most of us know what eventually happened). There are plenty of guys who want to fight Wandalei [SP] Silva ("The Axe Murderer", I can't remember how to spell his name) he's actually cool in a lot of interviews, but for whatever reason for years that seemed to be no shortage of guys who wanted to fight him specifically.

Therumancer:

BehattedWanderer:

Therumancer:

BehattedWanderer:
...People still care about this? Really? Huh. Takes all types, I suppose, what with a decadent capitalist society and whatnot...

It's like any other game, it's just that electronic games are "arriving" to take a place alongside sports. One could argue that any nation that has a professional athlete class is also decadent.

In this case though it seems like a competition between hobbyists because I don't think there is any money involved in this, just bragging rights.

I don't follow it too much, but even though the guy seems like a jerk, he's a fun "heel". Competitions would probably be a lot more boring if it wasn't for guys like this and Brock Lesner. :)

I'll agree that smack talk is vital to the competitive atmosphere, but I won't concede you that dickishness is. The prominence to be the best is fine, but when it comes merely to "just to beat someone else", then we're crossing a line, and that's not as cool. Though, I will, if you allow, borrow your analogy of everyone's favorite electronic media being comparable to sporting events.

What I was thinking is that I do not see this as being all that differant from one world class fighter wanting specifically to beat another one, even if there is no title on the line (at the moment). You see it with boxers, UFC fighters, and others. While it's since been resolved, consider that the whole Lesner/Miir thing is an example, Miir beat Lesner originally, and those two went at it for a while making it quite clear they wanted to meet again (though I'm sure most of us know what eventually happened). There are plenty of guys who want to fight Wandalei [SP] Silva ("The Axe Murderer", I can't remember how to spell his name) he's actually cool in a lot of interviews, but for whatever reason for years that seemed to be no shortage of guys who wanted to fight him specifically.

That...alright, fair point. But that seems more of a personal best kind of concept, along the lines of a personal triumph of a peer, someone who has your respect. The sensation that I'm getting from Captain Beard here is that he does it merely to put the other guys down, elevating himself. I keep thinking that he holds no respect for them, that they just infringe on his title and he feels he has to put them down for it. At least between UFC fighters, there is still that "I know how good he is, so I need to take him" kind of thing. Here, though, it just seems like arrant dickishness poking its head up just because.

you know I want a nobody to break the record I think it would be funny to see how the 2 guys react to that

His hair is awesome and shiny. I want it...however if i were him I'd change the tie.

Surely if you can break that many world records, you're allowed to be arrogant.
So they're for video games of long ago and no one really cares but still, how many world records do you have?

Mediocre hair doesn't disguise his dickishness. Steve Wiebe was competitive as well, but he wasn't a douche about it.

Oh well. Congratulations on your Donkey Kong record, Mr. Mitchell. I'm not being sarcastic about that. However, it must really stop being fun and start being a chore to constantly stay on top, playing that same damn game over and over and over.

Golem239:
you know I want a nobody to break the record I think it would be funny to see how the 2 guys react to that

Already happened. That's what the OP is about, Mitchell taking his record back from the Random Guy (Chien).

I'll start paying attention to this stuff when whoever might be the world champion of Ikaruga gets a movie filmed about him.

Everyone's got their niche.

Hmmm...I...strange...It's video games...but...I just...don't care? How can this be? *shrugs* 'Tis just a high score, and that's not going to move you in the world. Well, not yet at least.

lol...well okay cool
but yeah I'm not really one for high scores, but I'm not that old school with gaming either
100% is still something I'm working to achieve more often...

Is anyone else sick of hiring about this?

Wait a second... Look at his head without the hair, just the face and beard.
Doesn't he look oddly like Billy Mays?
His name is Billy Mitchell, too. Guys... The legend never left us...

Everything on that photo is too long for him to wear...
THAT hair, it's hypnotic! I think he dazzles the crowd and referee with it and then hacked the arcade machine.

Congrats on replaying a game to death just to break a record!

He sounds like an arrogant asshole that has way too much time on his hands. Most people like him go into politics.

The man has great hair, and that counts for a lot these days.

Oh, that's why. Well it makes sense as men with glorious hair aren't allowed to be politicians... Its the law or something.

I would hate to have been on the team that made a documentary on him though.

Oh wow, look at that hair! Right out of the 70's for you!

However, congrats to him for having the patience to achieve that...

havent seen king of kong, but hes a prick that got a highscore in an age old game (that imo, time hasnt treated very well)? sorry if this might sound elitist, but if you act like the king of the world cause you got a highscore in one of thousands of existing games, youve gotta have a pretty pathetic life.

reminds me of this guy on my WoW server: got no social life, no job, doesnt study and play WoW 12 hours a day (minimum!), and lead one of the major guilds. act like a total tyrant, and the only reason his guildies endure him is the free loot they get by joining his raids. pathetic.

Ive seen King of Kong, and that referee seems a bit biased to me..

was like i did everything he could not to crown Wiebe as the new champion..

I wounder if he will go for the donkey kong on the game and watch world record next

geeks tend to be arrogant, i mean what true hardcore geek did not spend a good chunk of their childhood/teens/young adult years spending ungodly hours on star wars, star trek, pac man, donkey kong, dbz, or whatever, and turned out a total prick? alot of them anyway, hey i am great at x, and everyone else thinks i am looser in my peer group.

be careful you could end up like him :P, just minus a few world records in all likelyhood.

Mr.Pandah:
You know...I watched King of Kong and I thought Billy was an asshole. Now that I think about it though, hes just being a competitor and a little taunting is actually pretty hysterical considering that its just a game and he is having fun toying with his competition.

I know, I have sort of a love-hate feel towards Billy here. On one hand, he can seem like an obnoxious dick to everyone, but on the other it's basically for the competition. I mean, you'd be a bit defensive if you're world record was potentially going to get broken. I mean, seriously, this is "srs bsns" as the internets say.

I feel sorry most of all, however, for the lady who was trying to beat the record to Q-bert, she sadly died before she could attempt the record.

God, I hate this arrogant prick. He always acts as though beating a High Score in Donkey Kong makes him king of the world. Hes just the perfect example of a stereotypical American to me.

for all of you young gamers out there, think of it this way.

having your initials at the top 10 of a high-score at an arcade was like Gamerpoints or Trophies for us. The main difference is that not everyone go there. Only the best of the best (out of those who frequent that particular arcade) had the claim to the title. and if their score was high-enough and they hadn't played there for a while, they could make a trip to a new arcade and attempt to demolish the top score there.

for these people who competitively play Donkey Kong and the like are just a product of their times.

Whoever AAA is will haunt a generation of gamers for life.

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