in about 100 words or less
USA 79m, Colour
Director: Seth Gordon, Cast: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Brian Kuh, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Doris Self
The King of Kong is a hilarious documentary about the rivalry which exists amongst elite retro-gamers who take the business of barrel-throwing gorillas and other electronic characters more seriously than most. The story depicts the rivalry between Billy Mitchell, the self-styled “King” of the 1980s arcade world, and Steve Wiebe, the more likable but equally obsessive gamer who must battle seemingly insurmountable odds to lay claim to a Donkey Kong title which the “establishment” guards closely. Although the real-life characters are at times laughable, their passion for the games is real. The result is an engaging and offbeat story that might be considered by some as inspirational, if it were not for the fact that they are arguing about who has the high score in Donkey Kong (Klaus Ming July 2010).