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Famed Gaming Champion Loses Records for “Cheating”

One of gaming’s most famous figures, Billy Mitchell has been stripped of all of his records that he has held for decades.

Mitchell, 52, had held the title of being the first person to have scored one million points on the arcade game “Donkey Kong.”  The decision comes after many years of allegations of cheating towards Mitchell which he has denied many times.

Twin Galaxies, which tracks video game records believes that Mitchell’s scores were achieved with the use of emulator, a computer program that replicates an arcade or console machine.  They presented their findings to Jeremy Young, a Donkey Kong forum operator who after seeing pictures of Mitchell’s gameplay, says that “those scores were impossible to achieve without a emulator.”

After Twin Galaxies did their own investigation, they concluded that Mitchell had indeed used a emulator and with the evidence posted on their page, they decided to ban all of Mitchell’s scores which include the first perfect score (3,333,360 points) in the original Pac-Man game and to ban all future scores of Mitchell’s (if he were to continue to play for records).

Twin Galaxies also reported their findings to Guinness World Records who also decided to remove Mitchell’s records from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Now, the record holder for the first person to have scored one million points on Donkey Kong is Mitchell’s rival, Steve Wiebe, who no longer competes for records. Wiebe is currently a math teacher in Washington (the state).

Mitchell has not respond to the stripping of his records and as of now, he may not speak ever but this could not be more embarrssing for the former “best gamer in the world.”

Well, a popular cartoon show, Regular Show had a character on the show called Garrett Bobby Ferguson (GBF) who looked like Mitchell. Mitchell sued the show trying to ruin his image and the case got thrown out of court. The character’s main trait and the reason why Mitchell sued the show… GBF was a villian who cheated at video games.

Well then, it looks like Regular Show has predicted time just like the Simpsons have done for decades.

Is it cheating?

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a different definition of cheating. For some people, cheating strictly means having sex with someone else. For other, kissing or even just thinking about being with someone else is cheating and isn’t tolerated, a zero toleration policy. I know one couple who give each other passes, where they can do whatever they want with other people and face no consequences for it. Here are the main ways to cheat and the different viewpoints surrounding them.

  1. Is it cheating? Graphic from Sex Advice Online
    Is it cheating? Graphic from Sex Advice Online

    Is thinking about another person intimately cheating?

In many relationships, mentally cheating on someone is the same, if not worse, than physically cheating on them. Relationships are based on a mental and emotional connection and if that get severed, than the basis for one’s relationship is broken or, essentially, built on false pretenses the entire time. It would be absolutely heartbreaking to know that your relationship is a lie and the connection you thought you had with someone is not as special as you thought.

  1. Is watching porn cheating?

Some people believe that watching porn is cheating, based on the idea that watching other people have sex is connecting to the cheating mentally idea. If you’re thinking about other people sexually, going as far as masturbating to other people, then essentially you’re having sex with different people in your mind, making it cheating and devastating to your partner.

  1.  When straight girls kiss other girls while being in a relationship, is it cheating?

This is a controversial question. There are many guys who would say no to this question because they think their girlfriends kissing other girls is hot and, somewhat, not real because they aren’t gay. However, this idea is detrimental to the gay community. It’s what doesn’t stop guys from hitting on girls who say they have a girlfriend. They don’t take it seriously because they think all lesbians are kissing girls for their entertainment and that, in the end, they’ll go back to dating men.

Girls kissing other girls should be considered cheating because it is. The gender of the person who is cheating with the person in the relationship really doesn’t matter. They were unfaithful. Simple as that.

Cheating, I think, is a black and white issue. Did you kiss/have sex with someone who isn’t me? Yes? Then you cheated on me. Bye. Although I agree that some cases of cheating are more complicated than others, cheating is cheating and it should never be done, no matter the circumstances. If you’re having problems in the relationship, talk them out. If you break up, that’s okay. It’s way better the break up than to cheat on your partner. Think before your decide to cheat.

Volkswagen ‘clean diesel’ scheme

Volkswagen admitted to methodically cheating on U.S. air emissions tests for years, to make nearly half a million diesel cars seem cleaner-burning than they are, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday in citing violations that could add up to $18 billion in fines. The company said it has also been alerted from the Justice Department, which the EPA said could pursue legal action.

The automaker enlisted a strategy advertising the efficiency of their fun-to-drive, powerful, “clean diesel” vehicles. Diesel versions of their most popular cars comprise more than a quarter of the brand’s sales in the U.S. and are a vital part of the company’s strategy for meeting tougher U.S. fuel economy standards going to effect in coming years. VW chose to specialize in diesel technology instead of electrics or hybrids.

“They were counting heavily on diesels to meet the fuel-economy numbers,” Matt DeLorenzo said, managing editor for news at Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, California. “This brings that whole strategy into question.”

VW TDI
“Volkswagen admitted to methodically cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years, to make nearly half a million diesel cars seem cleaner-burning than they are.

VW employed a sophisticated algorithm, installed in the emissions-control modules that could detect when a vehicle was undergoing official emissions testing and turn on full pollution controls. The EPA referred this algorithm a “defeat device.” During normal driving, the cars pollute 10 to 40 times the legal standard for NOx, a component in urban smog, the agency estimated.

Financial liability for the company is unclear. The EPA could fine the company $37,500 per violation of the law and harm to the environment, which could equate to over $18 billion in fines.

Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned after the scandal, after almost a decade in charge, Winterkorn stepped down. He expressed that he accepted the consequences of the mushrooming scandal that has wiped $22 billion off the company’s market value.

In order to “fix” the issue, Volkswagen has said that most of the affected cars will just need a software update, presumably to the engine always runs during the EPA testing, and always meets emission standards. That’s bad for drivers, because to be NOx emission standards, the cars in test mode sacrificed some fuel economy and performance.

Volkswagen announced on Sunday that it was suspending the sales of cars in the United States that had the defeat device.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Calling it quits

It’s no secret that Hollywood seems to be the spot where on screen romances are born and real-life love stories go to die. From Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, seemingly perfect relationships are crashing and burning all the time.

A few days ago, “The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and her tennis star husband, Ryan Sweeting added their names to the ever growing list of failed celebrity marriages. While sources have claimed that the couple had been unhappy for a while, most information regarding the divorce is being kept under wraps with both Cuoco and Sweeting asking for privacy.

This news has left one burning question on many people’s minds: what goes so horribly wrong in celebrity marriages?

While examining her failed marriage with fellow actor, Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson explained to Parade magazine, “Acting is a very strange world to be co-existing in. It’s very volatile. There’s always going to be the more successful person. It’s related to rejection. Because actors, if they’re not having success, connect it directly to unpopularity — to the fact that nobody wants them. It’s not necessarily true. I’m constantly rejected.” Johansson when on to say that she found true happiness with her new husband, a journalist, because they are both in very different fields which takes away the competition and by extension the resentment and jealousy.

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting before they called it quits. Graphic from People
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting before they called it quits. Graphic from People

Psychotherapist M. Gary Newman has another perspective. In his article, “Why Do Celeb Marriages fail?” Newman referred to some research he had conducted earlier on women’s happiness in their marriages. He explained that he had discovered that “Women who were happily married reported spending a daily average of over 30 minutes of uninterrupted time talking to their husbands. Unhappy women reported a daily average of less than 30 minutes, and 24 percent of those unhappy reported that they spent less than five minutes a day talking to their spouses.”

Of course, being married to celebrity practically guarantees that little time will be shared solely among spouses. Newman also suggests that the personal fulfillment that fame brings alleviates the need for couples to care for each other because they can create their own happiness by themselves:

“The individuals no longer truly need the other to live happily. Instead, they just like being together. Yet a couple needs to feel that life without the other is quite impossible. If a spouse does not feel a need to have the other in his or her life on a daily basis, that is a short step away from separation.”

Of course, while Johansson and Newman’s theories hold a lot of weight, there are also more obvious reasons for divorce such as cheating. High profile cheating scandals such as Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s back in 2005 and more recently, golf legend, Tiger Woods’ are usually what the public jump straight to when word of a new celebrity divorce surfaces. For Aniston and Pitt, their relationship ended when Pitt cheated on Aniston with his “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star, Angelina Jolie.

While rumors swirled about Aniston and Jolie’s rivalry due to Pitt’s infidelity back in the day, recently Aniston has spoken out saying, “Nobody did anything wrong. You know what I mean? It was just like, sometimes things [happen]. If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bulls–t. There’s no story. I mean, at this point it’s starting to become—please, give more credit to these human beings.”

There are so many reasons why a marriage can fail- add adoring fans, crazy work schedules, and insane amounts of money and these reasons seem even more evident. Hopefully as Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting move forward with their divorce, they find the closure that so many of their fellow stars have found.

New Snapchat update causes outrage

Ever since its popularity skyrocketed a few years back, Snapchat (a picture sharing app that only allows recipients of a photo to see it for a certain amount of seconds before it vanishes), has been the cause of many a breakup, thanks to its infamous “best friends list.” This list made it possible to see who your significant other was sending pictures to and receiving them from — a problem because Snapchat’s notorious for nude picture trading. Back in January, a Snapchat update got rid of the best friends list and allowed cheaters everywhere to once again “snap” their illicit lovers without the fear of getting caught.

Snapchat is taking criticism. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons
Snapchat is taking criticism. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons

Now here we are in spring of 2015 and a new update has rattled girls all over the internet. If you go to your Snapchat “friends” list, you will see an emoji beside some  friends’ names. These emojis all mean different things about your Snapchat friendship status with the person. The golden heart means that you are each other’s best friend; the “grimace” face with  bared teeth, means that you and the person each have the same best friend; the smile indicates someone  you frequently send pictures to; the face with the sunglasses means that you and the person both have a close friend in common; the smirk means that you’re their best friend, but they aren’t yours; and the fire means that the two of you have snapped each other for however many days in a row are listed beside the flame.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why this is a serious problem. All of the mischievous snappingthat had been going on between the “best friends list” feature disappearing and the new update has been made public. So now there’s only one question: did the creators do this on purpose to expose infidelity?

Buzzfeed’s Carley Washa’s recent article, “Definitive Proof Snapchat Is The Biggest Snitch of All Time,” described the update as “literally like Snapchat brought back the feature to show which cheaters took advantage of the update.”

Whether or not the minds behind Snapchat intended to create pandemonium remains to be seen. After all, despite its reputation, Snapchat isn’t the only social media site to have a hand in aiding cheating lovers– Facebook and Tinder have been in the hot seat too. Hopefully these updates will show users that no matter how secretive they think they’re being about their affairs, these sites can reveal everything with one click. If nothing else, this update should teach people that privacy involving the internet is not a thing — and to be more discreet with their online actions.

Highlanders Anonymous: Welcome back!

At Whim we strongly discourage lying, so we’re going to be honest with you here: college is hard. Classes alone are enough to send any student into a fit of stress. When you factor in all of the social problems that come with sticking thousands of college students into such a condensed area, it almost becomes too much to navigate. Luckily, there’s one beacon in the darkness that serves as advice to those in need, and it’s being resurrected for another year of giving much-needed advice to students who are at the end of their rope. Welcome back to Highlanders Anonymous. We’re here to help.

I’ve been with my girlfriend for almost a year now, but I feel like things are not going so well. The main problem is I’m not as attracted to her as I was. Its not that she’s ugly or anything but while she’s stuck in party life, I’m about to get my degree.

Being in a relationship with someone for as long as you have (relationship years are like dog years: they count for way more) definitely makes it harder to acknowledge things that may be causing problems between the two of you. Because of that, I commend you for recognizing the source of difficulty for the two of you. However, this could be a slippery slope, as it seems like you’re already beginning to look down on her for the way that she’s choosing to enjoy her college experience. It may just be that you two enjoy yourselves in different ways, not that one is more mature than the other. As much as I love corresponding with you, having a conversation with your girlfriend about your concerns is  a better way to solve your problems than having one with me.

I caught my boyfriend sexting his ex. I really like him, but I don’t know if I should be with a guy who does this. Can you help me out?

You absolutely shouldn’t. Awesome. Next question.

My roommate is starting to get really annoying. I used to just let it go, but it is starting to be an ongoing thing. How do I talk to her about it without sounding mean?

I’d recognize this as not really being a problem with her. You might need to take a step back and realize that being annoying is subjective, and that what you are really taking issue with is the fact that your personalities just don’t mesh very well. There’s no way to talk the annoying out of someone. If you’re really bothered by it, I’d recommend spending time outside of the dorm making other friends. How annoying can someone possibly be if you rarely see them?

I just found out my girlfriend eats Nutella out of the jar with a spoon. I’m seriously grossed out now, and it’s affecting our relationship! She’s otherwise a wonderful, loving person. What do I do to get past this?

I think that’s enough of this for one week.

You can send in your questions for me to answer at ask.fm/HighlandersAnonymous

Highlanders Anonymous: In sickness and in health

My fiance cheated on me. I decided to forgive him (since we’ve been together for seven years), but I can’t get over it. I don’t want to leave him, but I’m going crazy jealous, and I’m not usually a jealous person. I feel like he and I are on the edge of breaking up, and I’m not sure I care (I’m 19 years old.) It’s been six months since then, and it’s still not getting better, despite couple’s counseling. Help!

You need to drop him, and not just because he cheated. Continue reading Highlanders Anonymous: In sickness and in health

MTV’s “Awkward” is back

This show follows the life of Jenna Hamilton, an awkward teenager trying to wrangle her way through high school with as little embarrassment as possible.

Throughout the first two seasons, Jenna struggled with deciding which potential love interest she wants to be with. There’s Matty McKibben who, despite wanting to hide the fact they slept together from the whole school, has a sudden change of heart and realizes he’s desperately in love with Jenna. Then there’s Jake Rosati, a sweet guy who’s there for Jenna when Matty breaks her heart and is also Matty’s best friend. Continue reading MTV’s “Awkward” is back

Highlanders Anonymous: Men are confusing, and so are women

This guy I’m currently talking to is really confusing. He and I have been talking for about a month now, and he’s showing quite a bit of interest in me; however, I’m a little afraid he’s only doing it because I put out! What’s worse is that I really like him and could get really hurt if things progress. Help me?

Step one: calm your crazy.

This means you should quiet the voice in your head telling you this is too good to be true. It’s not. Sometimes you meet really nice guys who turn you on. Relationship progression isn’t set in stone; perhaps some guys will view you as being worthless than you are because you “put out,” but if he were like that, he would have probably stopped talking to you. Continue reading Highlanders Anonymous: Men are confusing, and so are women

Using study-enhancing drugs is cheating

Every finals week, or hell week as some like to call it, there are some things you’re guaranteed to come across: all-nighters, coffee, junk food and espresso (oh, did I mention coffee already?) Recently, many students are adding something else to this list. Adderall is an amphetamine prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps them calm down and concentrate. But when people without ADHD use it, it has a reverse effect. It gives them limitless energy, concentration and alertness.

This is cheating. It gives students an unfair advantage. I’ve never taken it and feel cheated when I hear of students having marathon study sessions and acing an exam. Their ability to focus for so long makes it easy for them to study, write papers and finish projects. And they usually do this while actually having a life.

Photo from Creative Commons.

Even as a writer, I have a very hard time cranking out papers and articles while attending class and working close to 30 hours a week. Achieving academically should take time and effort, and these drugs are providing shortcuts. These drugs don’t make you smarter, but it makes it easier to get your work done.

I think it would surprise a lot of people to realize how relevant and successful these drugs are. I’ve heard people accredit their degree to taking Adderall. The Yale Daily News calls Adderall and Ritalin “Academic Steroids” in a 2005 article. Students use Adderall as a lifeline to solve all of their academic issues. That shouldn’t be what college is about. It’s about using time management, making sacrifices and working hard to get the results you want. Not popping a pill to make it easier.

A friend, who won’t be named, used to make a killing at finals time by selling her ADHD medication. And from people you don’t expect. This drug is one that doesn’t discriminate–the super smart to the pothead burn out. And long term use comes with serious consequences. I could go on and on about the dangers of study enhancing drugs, but I think we know what happens. After a while, you need the drug to do anything. You can’t focus on basic homework. You’re addicted.

But that’s not what this is about. I think the university and professors need to become more aware of the drug use. Just the other day, I was walking out of class and heard a couple of students talking about it. They didn’t even use code words! They were just standing there discussing how much Adderall they were going to need to get through the week.

That’s actually what prompted my article. Taking these drugs is just as bad as looking off someone’s paper or paying the smart kid in class to write your paper for you. I refuse to play by the rules and struggle balancing school and life while others are just popping a magic pill to make their homework go away.