King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Pciture of Video ArcadeI thought the days of video gaming on console machines were over, but it is not a lost art. King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters is a truly entertaining documentary about an underdog challenger to the Donkey Kong high score title.  After being laid off from Boeing, Redmond resident Steve Wiebe hones his Kong skills with his free time and reaches the high score.  After sending his high score video results to Twin Galaxies, the official electronic games referee, his score is eventually disregarded due to interference from Billy Mitchell, the current Donkey Kong Champion.  Later Steve “challenges” Billy to a live arcade Donkey Kong showdown.  I won’t spoil it for you. Watch it yourself to see who wins the King of Kong title.

One thought on “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”

  1. I got this dvd on your recommendation (the hold list moved fast) — and found myself absolutely riveted to the drama of Kong. My family was literally cheering for Steve Wiebe and jeering at Billy Mitchell (is he for real??). I especially loved the scenes with Steve practicing Donkey Kong in his Redmond garage; and the Karate Kid theme song (“Youre the Best”) was perfect for the heated public play scenes.

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