The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Who knew a documentary on a bunch of grown men fighting over who's the best classic arcade game player could be so entertaining? The King of Kong was easily one of the best documentaries I've seen. It chronicles the back and forth battle between reigning Donkey Kong champ (and egomaniac) Billy Mitchell and newcomer Steve Weibe who's looking to get his name entered into the record books.

The documentary takes us into the seedy underworld of competitive arcade gaming, filled with geeky gamers, a lack of any women (except a lot of moms), and the sticky sweetness of stale soda spilled on joysticks as diehard gamers spend hour upon endless hour trying desperately to beat their latest high score. It was awesome.

Even if you don't currently play video games of any kind, I highly recommend checking out this little gem. We (at least my generation and beyond) grew up playing the games featured in the film. Whether it was PacMan (or his missus), Q-bert, Galaga, Frogger, Centipede, or Pitfall, you'll likely start waxing nostalgic after five minutes into The King of Kong.
As usual, come of my fellow bloggers have already reviewed this. Check out Adam's review or the one which Shea posted as well. Both gave it high scores.

4 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I could have easily been one fo those geeks in that movie. I wasted thousands of dollars on video games in my life. I'll be sure to see this one. Thanks for the review.

Sheamus the... said...

my sister came with me to see this and she thought it was going to be about a large monkey railing through a city. Ha...she hated every minute of this.

Avid Andy said...

his power was in his mullet

grasshopper said...

I can confirm that King of Kong is the most compelling video game documentary i've ever seen (okay so it's the only video game doc. i've ever seen, but it's still good)

Powered by Blogger.
Back to Top