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Billy Mitchell opens video arcade in Orlando airport

Retro-gaming record-breaker, hot-sauce magnate, patriotic necktie connoisseur... and now coin-op entrepreneur. Is there anything Billy Mitchell cannot do? Well, sure: Mitchell, longtime holder of the world record for the high score on Donkey Kong, can't catch a break from fans of Seth Gordon's 2007 documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. But the movie's Mitchell would rather be rich than be loved – explaining his new Kong-themed video arcade in the Orlando International Airport.



Gordon's movie, the best film ever made about videogames, cast Billy Mitchell as a preening scumbag, manipulatively protecting the record from loveable sad-sack Steve Wiebe. Mitchell's argued that the documentary misrepresents him, playing up his villainy and exaggerating the antipathy between himself and Wiebe. However, decorating his new arcade with King of Kong regalia shows a measure of reconciliation with the role Gordon has cast him in – provided it'll move quarters.



This video tour of the King of Kong arcade may surprise many: the joint has a decidedly new-school flavor, with dedicated cabinets like Terminator: Salvation taking precedence over absent old-school titles like Pac-Man or (ahem) Donkey Kong. Still, if there's two things Kong stresses in the Billy Mitchell character, it's his reluctance to offer others a stab at his records (the Kong title is currently held by rival Hank Chien) – and his willingness to hew to a profitable bottom line.

Source: via Arcade Heroes

Feb 11, 2011

24 comments

  • Bawheidbob - February 14, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Actually quite liked the guy in the Kong documentary i wish him all the best.
  • KuwaSanjuro - February 14, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    Love this man, he is priceless
  • SpartanCL89 - February 14, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    I was just there a month ago. I thought there would be a plethora of old school games, at least Donkey Kong! There is nothing. A lot of ticket games and prizes. Absolutely no difference from this and a movie theatre arcade. I can't be that shocked though when the worlds biggest douche Billy Mitchell owns it. Surprised you cant buy his shitty hot sauce there.
  • einhazard - February 14, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    Did anyone else notice (and this may be the camera work) that the sign has Billy Mitchell smiling and well lit, with Steve Wiebe slightly shadowed with a kind of dumb look on his face? Billy, Billy, Billy. I'm going to shake my head sadly now.
  • JPorFavor - February 13, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    I wish I still lived close to Orlando.
  • JimmyDugan - February 13, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    I really hate that man. Dull, lifeless eyes...like doll's eyes.
  • shawksta - February 13, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    What a douche his face on the preview proves it, oh well. By the way,If you guys give a shit, His Tie was referenced in Donkey kong Country Returns, Note how he looks LESS douche than he is now http://www.ripten.com/2010/11/28/donkey-kong-country-returns-easter-egg-honors-mauler/
  • GhostbustTyler - February 13, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    That could be the WORST arcade I've ever seen. I'd rather go to the one inside my local movie theater or mission all the way to Dave and Busters. They have quality games.
  • mako94 - February 13, 2011 4:06 a.m.

    I HATE BILLY! i want to rip out each one of his hairs individually. I will take a toothpick and stab him in the eye the same amount of times as his (faked) high score . i will force feed him gasoline and shove a blowtorch in him and burn him while yanking out his teeth and shoving a screwdriver in his ear! that's all i would do...
  • ProfessorLeighton - February 12, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Fuck Billy Mitchell
  • chrisbarker1980 - February 12, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    Billy Mitchell is my hero.
  • grizzly311 - February 12, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    How can a man with a hairstyle like that not be evil?
  • NuAngel - February 12, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    Why did the film's director offer Mitchell the license to use the name & art? Plus, was it Tom G who filmed this walk through? 8bitbaby - ever hear of "Dave & Buster's" restaurant?
  • TheManWithTheGoldenController - February 12, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Virginity, I choose you!
  • Redeater - February 12, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    This is why I shouldn't post at 6 in the morning. (It seems to change every few months.)
  • Redeater - February 12, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Unless I am wrong I believe the current record holder is a surgeon. (It seems to change every few months it seems) Meanwhile he has his sauce and a dusty arcade doomed to die. Playing up the King of Kong angle and not having a DK machine? Who is the target crowd for this?
  • GrandMoffBubbles - February 12, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    I hate that douche! I solemnly swear that if I ever go to his arcade that I will stink it up with my noxious farts.
  • shaft121 - February 12, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Billy Mitchell is my second favourite Eastenders character and I didn't realise he also featured in this film. I shall now watch it.
  • rpadTVbsuKenyan5000 - February 12, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    @batman5273 He hates that other people have a chance to compete with him for those records. Like the article says above, he has "reluctance to offer others a stab at his records."
  • Japanaman - February 12, 2011 6:04 a.m.

    Well that place blows. It should shut down due to the medocrity. It looks like an arcade at Chuck E. Cheeses or Wal-Mart. Where is the bloody Donkey Kong game? What? He doesn't want to be challenged at work? The dude should totally get a Nintendo Playchoice machine at least.

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