Friday, June 13, 2008
King Of Docs
I've seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters at least four times now and I still find it exceptionally entertaining. The film chronicles the attempts of Steve Wiebe to achieve the record for the highest score on the original Donkey Kong arcade game, and the bizarre lengths the current record holder Billy Mitchell goes to prevent that from happening. Steve Wiebe is a regular guy who's had a bit of a hard luck streak in his life, but he has a loving family and an obsessive focus on Donkey Kong. Billy Mitchell on the other hand is a living icon with a carefully defined image and is greatly admired in the classic gaming community. He's also a member of the organization that referees the classic gaming world. This conflict of interests allows him the leeway to make things difficult for Steve Wiebe. I won't give too much away who wins out in the end but I will say that what makes the film great is how Steve Wiebe wins over the people who are first suspicious of him by showing them how he is just a nice person with some genuine talent whereas Billy's odd behavior forever tarnishes his carefully cultivated mystique. I highly recommend checking out this fun and touching documentary. King of Kong will air again on G4 today at 4pm, 7pm Eastern. The movie will be followed by a special episode of X-Play called "X-Play Investigates: Steve Wiebe Life After Kong". Presumably it'll involve interviews with Wiebe and the events that occured after the movie. I'm hoping they'll also interview other important players in the movie. Both the documentary and the X-Play episode will air again Saturday at 11:30 am. There's also a "sequel" that looks great!