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Famed gamer Billy Mitchell opens video arcade in Orlando airport

The King of Kong arcade now operates at Orlando International Airport
The King of Kong arcade now operates at Orlando International Airport
Paul Dean

One of the first famous video gamers, Florida's Billy Mitchell has left his mark on Orlando International Airport.

Perhaps best known for being portrayed as the villian in cult classic The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Mitchell was the first gamer in history to score a perfect Pac-Man score and is a former champion on mega-classics such as Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Centipede and BurgerTime.

The King of Kong arcade is now operating in the main terminal near the food court at the Orlando International Airport. Mitchell appeared at the opening along with Twin Galaxies CEO Pete Bouvier and founder Walter Day to unveil the first series of video gamer trading cards as well, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of competitive gaming on a national and international level.

“The year 2011 marks the 40th year since the first teenager dropped the first quarter into the first arcade coin-operated video game and started what has become a global video game sport with leagues, world records and celebrity gamers. But it wasn’t until today that video gamers finally got their own set of trading cards”, said Walter Day in a press release issued by Orlando International.

Check out the video attachment for an inside look of the King of Kong arcade.


  • Mike Vacca 4 years ago

    This gives me a reason to fly down to Orlando and a reason not to leave the airport!! I could not find the video though...

  • Mike Vacca 4 years ago

    Nevermind, the video was right in front of me!

  • Chris 4 years ago

    Orlando layover!

    Has anyone documented the game selection on aurcade?

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