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GI Show – Billy Mitchell, Pac-Man, And The "Fathers Of Esports"

by Ben Hanson on Mar 28, 2017 at 08:35 AM

Above: The first real exposure for competitive gaming from LIFE magazine in 1982.

Welcome to a special, bonus episode of The Game Informer Show podcast. We're hoping that you remember the fantastic documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters from 2007, because on this podcast we're joined by Donkey Kong/Pac-Man high-score chasers and record holders Billy Mitchell, Brian Kuh, and Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day. We talk about the earliest days of competitive gaming from the 1980s, the legacy of Pac-Man, and the greatest arcades to visit across the United States.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to it on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week! To hear from King of Kong co-star, Steve Wiebe, head here for an episode of Replay where he joined us for a few rounds of Donkey Konga.

Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.