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Mitchell at the 2014 Twin Galaxies
|Born||William James Mitchell Jr.
July 16, 1965
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
William James Mitchell Jr. (born July 16, 1965) is an American video game player and restaurateur. He rose to national prominence in the 1980s when Life included him in a photo spread of game champions during the height of the golden age of arcade games.
In 1999, Mitchell became the first person to record a perfect score of 3,333,360 points on the arcade game Pac-Man. Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records recognized Mitchell as the holder of several records on classic games including Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, and he has appeared in several documentaries on competitive gaming and retrogaming. A 2007 documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, follows his attempts to maintain the highest score on Donkey Kong after being challenged by newcomer Steve Wiebe.
In 2018, Mitchell's high scores were challenged after members of the Twin Galaxies forums found discrepancies in the videos Mitchell had provided for The King of Kong, suggesting he may have used emulation software to falsify his score. Both Twin Galaxies and Guinness invalidated all of Mitchell's records, but Mitchell successfully appealed to reverse the Guinness removals in June 2020. Twin Galaxies, however, did not reverse their disqualifications, leading Mitchell to file defamation lawsuits against Twin Galaxies and others in 2020.
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