Quoted from konghusker:
While his camp will always say the movie wasn't real, and edited to make him look bad, I would have to argue that statement based off of what I know. Yes, some clever editing probably took place, but he still made the questionable comments.
I wouldn't consider myself in any particular "camp", but the editing of the movie was definitely done to heighten the drama. Just offhand...
Some other guy that wasn't Steve or Billy had got a record in the game around 2000. This is never mentioned in the movie, which makes it appear that Michell's old record was what he was trying to protect. It wasn't, it was already gone.
Wiebe, not Mitchell, broke the record of that other guy. I know this because I had never met Mitchell until he showed up at the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2004. I had only heard of him a few weeks earlier when I was asked to source a Pac-Man game for him. At some point, he decided to play Donkey Kong and, with the film crew filming, set a high score. I remember hearing that it was a big deal because he had just broke the public world record, and that while it wasn't the highest score ever, it was the highest score in a live setting. I later found out that person that he hadn't beaten was Wiebe. I remember Walter Day specifically telling me that it was exciting because he had the high score on Donkey Kong "in the 80s" and it was a surprise that he was still that good to everyone.
He did this by the way in a packed arcade room with probably 25 games while people were moving around him. People had stopped to watch, but no one for a period, and it wasn't promoted by us as a big deal or anything. The perfect game of Pac-Man was the thing that was the bigger deal, and I remember the documentary crew doing an interview with him at night (which I was at as well as about five others) and he described and showed how you could control the ghosts in Pac-Man. In fact, the majority of that interview was about Pac-Man.
So, sure, he made comments that could be made to look questionable, but the entire movie was premised on the facts that Mitchell had clung onto this record since 1982, refused to play in public about it, and would stop at nothing to keep it. The footage by whomever filmed it in 2004 I have never seen again.
And, quite frankly, Mitchell was a perfect gentleman the whole time, and even after that created posters for the MGC for many years afterward as a "thanks" for having him out. I heard from almost everyone what he was like that, and had heard that he would call people who had beaten his old scores to congratulate them. It just doesn't match what the movie showed, most of which you could cut more innocent statements into, and that conflict would make it more interesting.
Quoted from konghusker:
I feel bad for Billy in the sense that for some reason he felt the need to prove himself and keep an image of a champion, that he cheated and lied to do so. I don't feel bad that he got caught.
...and this to me is the end of this. Ultimately, I feel like the movie in many ways pushed Mitchell to perform a feat that he couldn't do, and I'm sure led to the pressure to be the champion and uphold that part of his image. I don't think that cheating to do it was the way to do it.
Having said all of that, while what he (and Rogers) did was wrong, the reason that it was a thing at all is that Twin Galaxies accepted the scores in ways that they had said that they wouldn't for both of them. When you have pressure to perform, you can't open the door for someone else sneaking something in. If Mitchell's first video was received, played and they said hey, this is great and we're going to put it out there to show, but we can't accept it because you didn't follow the standard procedure to submit this, all would be well. Similar to if TG didn't accept Todd Rogers Activision scores from the 80s while not putting in anyone else, those would have been more valid. But, but giving Todd and Billy special treatment while disregarding the other people who were involved, it leads to potential issues. And now, here we are.
While Todd and Billy are both definitely at fault for doing it to begin with, to me, TG is equally at fault for allowing it.