UPDATE: Mitchell has responded to these claims, denying any wrongdoing and promising he’ll provide evidence proving his innocence. Watch his full video response below.
Back in 2007, there was a hit documentary that arrived by way of the Slamdance Film Festival called The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. The film from director Seth Gordon follows two expert gamers who are racing for the record to be the first player to ever reach 1 million points on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong.
The story at the center of The King of Kong is an underdog sports tale that could go toe-to-toe with the likes of Rocky, The Karate Kid, Rudy and more. Steve Wiebe was portrayed as the hero, a family man looking to achieve a goal that would bring some glory into his life. Meanwhile, Billy Mitchell was painted as the villain, who ended up triumphing over our hero and becoming the first player to hit 1 million points. But a recent development reveals that Billy Mitchell cheated. Read More »
I can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released. Seth Gordon‘s now-classic documentary chronicled the world of arcade gaming championships, with the main storyline focusing on the feud between a Redmond, Washington high school teacher named Steve Wiebe who attempted to break Billy Mitchell‘s record score in Donkey Kong. The film has become one of my favorite movies, and since its release we’ve followed the story as the championship title got passed among other gamers and back to Weibe again in 2010 for a short time before a plastic surgeon named Hank Chien took the title.
But it now seems that the story of the Donkey Kong championship may have come to an end, and neither Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell will ever be the King of Kong ever again.
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Chris Columbus‘ Pixels starring Adam Sandler hits theaters this weekend, but one of the things you won’t see on this movie is a post credits scene. But a post credits “button” was originally written into the script featuring Mario from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros franchise. Why did Mario end up on the cutting room floor? Find out about the Mario Pixels movie scene that didn’t happen.
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