World record arcade gamers

There is a rather interesting documentary style movie about arcade game players who go around trying to get high scores in Donkey Kong and other arcade games. It’s called “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”.

The King of Kong movie poster

The movie was made in 2007 but I had never heard about it until recently. It’s an entertaining film about two guys fighting for the title of King of Kong.

The storyline from IMDB:

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 controversial 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?

I wonder what a film delving into the world of solitaire and freecell card game players would end up like.

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