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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

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).

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One comment on “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

  1. Marc
    07/23/2010

    This was quite funny, especially considering how gonzo people are for such iconic albeit archaic games. I loved how Steve really started to lose it when his efforts are overlooked after Billy “phones in” his record beater with a video taped copy. Too cool for school huh Billy? Oh nice tie, and hows the mullet factory these days:P
    Really though I’d actually like to get more people I know to see this. It’s a good watch.

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