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Thread Do you want a Shenmue IV?
It took me a little time to adjust to the fact that the controls felt the same as they did in the Dreamcast days, but I came to realize that that may have been by design, as it feels more like a sequel designed for Dreamcast, which then gave me a feeling of nostalgia that I held onto all the way through the game. By the way, your avatar photo is amazing. That's one of my favorite albums.
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Thread SEGA's 3 Biggest Mistakes | Gaming Historian
I had the opportunity to interview Bernie last summer and he gave me all sorts of great information about these. He told me that the No RPG policy was made up by a publisher because he rejected their RPG due to a lack of quality. He also told me that he was recruited away from Sony and he accepted because he suspected that Sony of Japan was about to take control of SoA since most of his colleagues were getting let go. As far as Saturn support, he told me that he agreed to join Sega only if he could kill the Saturn and start a new console. he gave me a ton of other information as well if anyone has any other questions about him. Rich Booth
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Thread SEGA's 3 Biggest Mistakes | Gaming Historian
In his defense the Saturn was a dead platform before it even launched. It was re-tooled after the Playstation specs were released and the launch was absolutely botched. In addition had it not been for his pushback to Isao Okawa, the Dreamcast wouldn't have even had physical copies of games. Had Okawa had his way physical games would have been abolished altogether in favor of downloads. Bernie may take a lot of slack for killing the Saturn, however he did far more right at Sega than he did wrong in my opinion.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Billy's made quite a bit off of all of this fame, mostly because of his appearance in the movie, but he does (or did) make anywhere from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand depending on the event scope. A lot of these guys just get free travel and accommodations.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Billy was a ref/part owner (stockholder) back in the day. he's always been intimately involved because of his close relationship with Walter. He was just a kid when tg started so there's not a whole lot of ownership confirmation back then. It was a little later when all of that started.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Unfortunately that case wasn’t noticed by us until I joined in 2009. Our EiC at the time, Blaine Locklair tried like hell to get his records pulled, but for some reason the requests were ignored.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
TG wasn't always as it is now. When I partnered with Nintendo and Microsoft there, they trusted us implicitly. While there's no denying some of the oldest scores are erroneous, the knowledge that the refs had when I was there was astounding. It's a good thing that technology can prove or disprove the older scores that weren't able to be audited back then. There were a ton of scores that were thought to be impossible. however, over the years some of those scores were made and proven.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Walter started the company. He worked hand in hand with Guiness World Records. He's a dear friend of mine. he does take it very seriously.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
That's crazy. TG does pretty extensive investigations nowadays, so it's good to see that they are using the tech available today to investigate. Although it stings a bit, having been employed with the organization so long. I was not on the ref side of things, but I sort of wish I was now.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
It’s important to note that while Walter is credited with and shown in the film as THE TG guy, he has always had around 10-15 people on staff, and those on staff were located all over the world. There wasn’t ever a central location other than the arcade and the office now in California. Walter is an amazing person, and he would give you the shirt off of his back. His mistake was trusting a bunch of scumbag referees that were only out for themselves. As far as his relationship with billy, the scene where he puts the score up right after watching that tape, that score was up for two hours and at that point he realized he shouldn’t have done that. In addition, Billy, despite what the film shows and despite how I feel about my experiences with him, has done a lot for Walter. As I’ve said before, Walter will give you the shirt off of his back and Billy shows him the same type of gratitude, therefore Walter really feels compelled to stick up for Billy whenever he can. He has made a statement regarding the cheating saga. I’ll post it, I just need to get it from Joel West.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
I know Steve and his wife. She is extremely supportive. The movie makes it look as though it all took place in a short period of time, but it took place over a pretty lengthy period.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
It’s not fair to judge an entire organization based on the actions of a few. Many of the scores in the database were once thought to be impossible but were later cracked and when a lot of these scores were set the world wasn’t so connected.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Brian Kuh is my favorite. A friend of mine told me he is very secretive, got fired from gamestop because he kept advertising himself as the guy from King of Kong, and also his apartment was built into a rock quarry, so one of his apartment walls was a boulder. That is a 100% true story. I didn't get the chance to meet him when I was with Twin Galaxies, but I would have loved to. Mark Alpiger (The guy that says everyone, even grandma, games) runs a site called CAG and is also an odd duck. Most of these people participate in the CAG forums over at . They'll answer your questions too.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Billy plays a character, both in real life and in film, however he is deceptive. During the First "Kong Off" contest he called me and asked me to help him get out of appearing. This was one of only two occasions that he answered my phone calls and didn't play phone tag. The second occasion was also when he wanted something.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
I have a friend who has a TON of actual evidence on this. I'll post some. stay tuned. Edit: Here we go, check this out.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Tim is a really nice guy. I've known him for a few years, and he would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Dwayne Richard is a pretty odd dude. My friend Matt Bradford (He was the editorial director when I was the business dev director) confronted him on the video game outsiders podcast and really laid into him. It was awesome. If I can find it I'll post it.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
I’m not exactly sure told it’s all lies honestly. I’m pretty sure he never got any money from the king of king and he got pissed off about it. That could be a motive.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Indeed. In reality Billy did speak to Steve at the event toward the end of the movie. His comment of "There's some people I don't want to spend too much time with" was taken way out of context. He told his wife he didn't want to spend a lot of time talking to some because they were gaming. There was a whole lot more as well. I had pages and pages of notes but I can't seem to find them.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
In my day emulator scores were allowed, however they were set in a separate category.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Check out the King of Con if you can find it. It's made by Dwayne Richards and sheds a little light on what he's accused of. Richie Knucklez is a close friend of mine and wouldn't make things up. I'll call him asap and see if he'll let me in on what he knows.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
It was hard because there wasn't a central office to send tapes to. They went to the referee's address and most of the time the tapes disappeared, or when refs left, there wasn't enough of an emphasis on returning the tapes, so most of them got destroyed, lost or are sitting in storage somewhere at the former ref's home.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
Haha I was the business development director there for five years. I can understand your point but I'd be happy to answer questions about them.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
I've got a phone interview I did with Wiebe years ago where he talked a bit about mitchell. Pretty good stuff, I never got a chance to release it unfortunately.
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Thread Billy Mitchell's >1m scores in Donkey Kong were done on emulator, not standard hardware, maybe faked
I watched it (somebody posted a workaround for the pay wall) it was painful to watch. Billy did try to talk but gave too much background and the host kept interrupting him. My friend Knucklez called in but even he wasn't able to get his point across. It was a terrible venue to try to make his point, but unfortunately the host is a friend of his.
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Thread Shenmue I & II Remaster (2018; PC/PS4/XB1 - $29.99)
I'm very, VERY excited about this. These games were ahead of their time, and because the first one came out at the end of the DC life cycle, didn't get a foothold in the industry.
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Thread Shenmue I & II Remaster (2018; PC/PS4/XB1 - $29.99)
I agree with you in terms of the timing from the console launch, but since the PS2 launched 7 months after Dreamcast in the U.S. and sales declined almost immediately after that, then being discontinued a year later (which you already stated, for a moment I thought I was just plagiarizing you lol), that's where I get the end of lifecycle from.