Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The King of Kong

Last night I watched The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a documentary about competition for the world's record in an 80s generation arcade game (Donkey Kong) (which I always thought was called Donkey KonK).

It was very interesting, a little formulaic in that there was a clear good guy that you rooted for and a bad guy that loved to hate (Billy Mitchell). The bad guy reminded me of the Tom Cruise character in Magnolia, so full of himself in this aggressively arrogant way. Anyway, the bad guy was entrenched in the Donkey Kong world and sort of a hero to the handful of others who made up this subculture. Weibe, was a sweet and unassuming newcomer.

It was very interesting, particularly the stuff about the guy who watches hours and hours and hours of tapes of people's games to verify their scores...

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