Monday, January 26, 2009

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters


This isn't just one of my favorite movies about the industry, but a documentary I consider to be one of the best all-around.

From IMDB:
The King of Kong (2007):

In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record?

This is a more difficult movie to find a stream for, so you'll have to download it.



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