I completely agree with all of this. Twin Galaxies comes out of this with a partial stench too.
Well...yeah, but keep in mind that TG has changed hands at least twice since KoK happened. New management as of a couple of years ago.
I'm not claiming Billy cheated using save stats or anything of that nature, but he is so talented, there really is no excuse for any shortcuts. From what I understand, it's pretty clear that he emulated or at least used some sort of modified hardware, but passed it off as the real deal. He, out of all people, should know better.
What I really don't understand is how the Billy defenders can...defend him, with that mountain of evidence against him. If you ask them to explain the videos and how they pretty much prove it was MAME, if you get a response at all, it will be, "Look...he didn't use MAME. Shut up."
It's been a long time since I saw it, but I recall how King of Kong passed Billy off as a guy who was a "buddy" of Walter Day and Twin Galaxies. They were portrayed like a "Good Ole Boys" group that would stick up for each other before letting a newbie in. I realize the Billy is a real nice guy in real life according to most, and that the movie made him a villain for storyline purposes, but I can't get the scene out of my head where Steve Wiebe makes a new record in person, only for a VHS tape from Billy to be sent in to retake the crown seemingly without much scrutiny, after they would agonize over the machine Wiebe played on.
From what I understand, there's a *lot* more to that scene than what's presented. It was oversimplified and, of course, edited to make a story. I think its IMDB entry has an explanation of what went down that day, and if that explanation is to be believed, then the scene is extremely misleading.
Could it be that the movie was more accurate than we thought? Could it be that TG would let people within their circle use MAME or modified hardware with a wink and a nod, passing it off as legit?
I seriously doubt it - they probably didn't know. After all, it took this long for it to come into question. But it is pretty darn suspicious that Billy is there on camera saying that the only way a score is credible is if it's done live in front of people. But then turns around and has that video tape submitted.
Having said that, though...for all we know, he could have done that *intentionally* to prove a point. Billy could theoretically come out tomorrow and say, "You know what? Yep, you got me. And now you see what I mean about how it NEEDS to be done live in front of people?"
Seriously, at this point, there's no reason for him to not come clean, assuming he is indeed guilty. He hasn't had a DK world record in quite a long time, and even if it were to completely tarnish his reputation (it won't - he has enough defenders, and there are enough pushovers like myself who will default to "In the grand scheme of things, he's a nice guy"), he's pretty much set for life thanks to Rickey's, so he can sulk/laugh all the way to the bank.
And yeah, for KoK, they had to play up the Billy vs. Steve thing. From what I hear, the two are actually friends, and I believe that. Case in point: Tim McVey, the subject of the movie Man Vs. Snake (a really awesome watch, btw; if you haven't seen it, SEE IT), said in defense of King of Kong: "If you made a documentary that did nothing but tell the truth, you'd end up with a pretty boring movie." And he admitted that Man Vs. Snake also had some manipulations. (And my first thought when Dwayne Richard was introduced was, "Okay, here's the Billy Mitchell villain of this movie," except they were quick to point out that Tim and Dwayne became friends pretty quickly.)