The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Ever played the original Donkey Kong at an arcade? Know the rush of beating the elevator screen? Feel the competitive burn as your score inches closer and closer to the high score set on that particular machine? No? Neither do I. However there was a film released in 2007 titled The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters that I had ashamedly never heard of. It was only by chance that I was speaking with an arcade gaming aficionado that I learnt of this particular gem.

The King of Kong is a documentary all about the competitive world of arcade gaming and more to the point, Donkey Kong and the folks who are attempting to beat Donkey Kong top score setter, Billy Mitchell. We are introduced to Steve Wiebe, a competitor for the top score on Donkey Kong. Needless to say there needs to be conflict and a resolution mixed in between and so the journey begins. The film maker shows us personalities, families, friends and back stories on both Billy and Steve and crafts a decent story leading up to a potential shot at being the number one Donkey Kong player and setting a Guinness World Record.

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