Another movie preview already...I know crazy talk, but this is one that can't be missed or at least I think so! If you are one of the following, then you have to go check out The King of Kong:
- A child born in the 70's
- Classic arcade freak
- Fan of weirdo movies
- Have been to Funspot
Seriously though, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars is a documentary that showcases a movement or activity that most people probably don't even know exists - competitive classic arcade playing. Think of Pacman, Donkey Kong, Dig-Dug, Tapper, etc. - these are old school games that still live on 25 years after they were released! Don't believe me...head up to NH one fine afternoon and check out Funspot's Classic Arcade. You can play hundreds of classic games all at the same place.
I think this movie will actually do fairly well as the premise is pretty standard: David vs. Goliath, Good vs. Evil, Favorite vs. Underdog - classic American story. In this case it chronicles the battle between Billy Mitchell (the world's best arcade player) versus Steve Wiebe (average Joe from California) in a match of Donkey Kong.
Why you might ask? Well, for close to 20-years Mitchell had held what many believed to be the holy grail of Donkey Kong scores with over 874,000 points scored until out of practically nowhere Wiebe scored 1,000,000 points. It doesn't seem like much, but any record that stands for 20-years is pretty damn impressive and then for it to be broken by an average Joe is even more amazing.
Anyway - seems like geek heaven, but I actually think this looks like a good movie no matter what. Check out the trailer and a bit more of the story over at Billy vs. Steve and decide for yourself.