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02-26-2019 at 04:51 PM
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New interview with Robert Mruczek

Here's my recent 2+ hour phone interview with Robert Mruczek. Topics include Billy Mitchell, Todd Rogers, new MAME evidence, new Barnstorming WRs, Dragster dispute, King of Kong, and much much more. All topics time-stamped in the video description for your convenience.


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  1. Snowflake's Avatar

    I listened, you seemed very interested in issues with kok. If you check the old forums i remember there were multiple threads by walter (and possibly rtm, not sure) detailing multiple issues with the movie.

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  2. Snowflake's Avatar

    i also appreciate RTM revealing some of his conversations with Jace about the todd dispute where they planned ahead of time to lock the dispute after his coments, as well as the confirmation of the others who took the hush money. In both cases I think alot of us very strongly suspected that was the case, but confirmation is well apprecated. RTM and I disagree on a lot, but I definitely appreciate his openness and transparency on this. Well done both of you.

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  3. RTM's Avatar

    I opened up on a lot of topics here...at this point, why not ? It's been 12 years since KoK premiered, 13 years since I left TG, 14-15 years since KoK filming began, 16 years since the Corcoran fiasco, 18 years since I joined TG, and a whopping 35 since my first score submission. That's a whole generation that has passed by in the process. Sooner or later, and I thought it might of happened by now, people will look at what I just typed and say "What's the 'Corcoran fiasco ?", "what's KoK ?", "What's an RTM ?" and so forth. It's going to happen, just a matter of when...except for perhaps one specific person I am thinking of whose axe-to-grind knows no boundaries of time (and no, it's not Roy...although in a few years people are going to say "Who is Roy ?" as well)

    I had shared my post on the Todd dispute with Jace prior to the date that the topic was formally locked. By that point the dispute had run the course and was starting to re-hash the same statements for a 5th and 6th time and so forth, plus a lot of time had gone by. I put a lot of research into my findings based on literally living through it as it happened, so it was just a matter of putting down to paper those open matters from years past along with the the events that immediately pre-dated the database change where referees could no longer enter their own scores. I was not at all thrilled when in a separate interview Todd stated as it if was a matter of fact that he was part of the team who worked on that decision...he was actually the catalyst for Brien King programming this on his own and without running it by myself or even Walter first.

    History is written by those people who have the loudest voices or whose statements go unchallenged, and that particular one I was not going to leave unchallenged. The score issues were one thing, but that statement just reeked of historical revisionism.

    What's done is done. I suppose that when Jace saw the totality of what I wrote, the specifics of the statements, dates and recollections, and the order in which it was outlined, he most likely decided that it was perfect for the end of the dispute, so it was agreed after we chatted that I would make my post the next morning at 8:35am, right before I left for work, then send him confirmation that it was posted, and he would lock the thread. My post was quite literally the final nail in the coffin. It just worked out that way timing-wise, and in hindsight it was probably a good way to end that ongoing dispute definitively.

    I did end my interview with a bit of a semi-sour-grapes note...it honestly ticks me off the way that Walter, after all the BS that he caused to myself over the years never mind the other stuff that most gamers are blissfully unaware of, was slowly but surely over time "elevated" in recognition to "Father of Competitive Video Gaming" to "Father of Video Gaming" and now to "Patron SAINT of Video Gaming". I can assure you that the man is no Saint. His true legacy is the creation of the scoreboard which was a pre-internet way of gamers worldwide to enjoy and share their hobby with a newfound spirit of competition that grew beyond their own local arcade and home-bound group of fellow gamers. But "Patron Saint" ? That's like Al Gore "inventing" the internet. Like I said, a bit of sour grapes there, but those are my reasons for feeling that way.

    I've given a small number of interviews over the years, the most recent three being this one, another with "Tipster" and a third with of all people Rudy J Ferretti who very admirably was on his best behaviour for that discussion, both of which are available on YouTube should you decide to listen for yourselves. A lot of what I know was already committed to paper in the forums, but some passages are difficult to find, others are quite simply gone, and some were summarily erased, so Podcast type interviews at least preserve some of the knowledge of what "went down" before Alzheimers eventually kicks in as I am sure it will, and not to make light of that (which I am not), it never hurts to have a recording of your thoughts preserved for down-the-line historical purposes.

    Thanks again for the interview...it was a lot of fun :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by RTM
    I've given a small number of interviews over the years, the most recent three being this one, another with "Tipster" and a third with of all people Rudy J Ferretti who very admirably was on his best behaviour for that discussion, both of which are available on YouTube should you decide to listen for yourselves. A lot of what I know was already committed to paper in the forums, but some passages are difficult to find, others are quite simply gone, and some were summarily erased, so Podcast type interviews at least preserve some of the knowledge of what "went down" before Alzheimers eventually kicks in as I am sure it will, and not to make light of that (which I am not), it never hurts to have a recording of your thoughts preserved for down-the-line historical purposes.

    I agree very much about getting this stuff preserved and on the record while we can.

    Quote Originally Posted by RTM
    Thanks again for the interview...it was a lot of fun :)

    The honor was all mine. Thank you again!!

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