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Billy Mitchell Took His Donkey Kong Gripes to Court

Gamer filed suit against scorekeeping body Twin Galaxies

(Newser) - In April 2018, Billy Mitchell lost his place as top scorer in Donkey Kong after the group that sanctions such records determined he didn't achieve his score properly. Mitchell had vowed to fight back, and Ars Technica reports he did indeed follow through. It turns out Mitchell (famous thanks...

Arcade Game Record-Holder Is Stripped of His Scores

Group that sanctions records scrubs Billy Mitchell's marks after investigation

(Newser) - It's high drama in the obscure but passionate world of old-school arcade games. The organization that oversees records has stripped a top gamer of his high scores in Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, reports Polygon . The group, Twin Galaxies of Iowa, concluded after a lengthy investigation that Billy Mitchell did...

Scientists: Yep, Nintendo Is Hard

Classic games like Super Mario Brothers actually 'NP-Hard'

(Newser) - Science has confirmed what you already knew as a 10-year-old: Super Mario Brothers is hard to beat. But the paper by a team of international computer scientists uses actual math to come to that pointy-headed conclusion, the Washington Post reports, and focuses on not just the Mario series but also...

NYC Surgeon Is New Donkey Kong King

Plastic surgeon Hank Chien topped record score during Feb. blizzard

(Newser) - Step aside, Billy Mitchell—the new “King of Kong” is New York City plastic surgeon Hank Chien, who beat Mitchell's Donkey Kong scoring record by 10,000 points. The arbiter of Donkey Kong scoring, Twin Galaxies, has verified Chien’s score on the classic arcade game. The real shocker:...

Geeks Channel Mario With Wedding Invite

Beat the villain, get the details

(Newser) - A pair of self-proclaimed “geeks” have channeled the old-school, 8-bit likes of Super Mario and Donkey Kong to create an unusual wedding invitation—and invitees only get the details if they beat the gorilla-ish villain. “We knew that we didn’t want standard paper invites,” the bride-to-be/game...

The Top Arcade Classics

Star Wars impressed, but Donkey Kong was barrels of fun

(Newser) - They may seem primitive alongside your Wii, but lest we forget the glory days of arcade games, Peter Hartlaub counts down the best in the San Francisco Chronicle. The top five:
  1. Donkey Kong: 30 years on, “they’re making documentaries about this incredible video game,” whose barrel-throwing gorilla

Iowa Town Wants Video Game Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Video game lovers in Ottumwa, Iowa, are ready to see the world's gaming hall of fame on their front doorstep, MSNBC reports. Forget Silicon Valley, home to Atari. And Kyoto, Japan, where Ninentdo was born. No, the town that hosted the first world championship 26 years ago “was the...

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