Have you seen King of Kong? It’s one of the coolest documentaries I’ve come across in quite some time. I reviewed it back in 2008, saying, “For those of you who haven’t heard about it, it’s a documentary that focuses on an average guy who decides to try and break the world record for highest score in Donkey Kong, not knowing that he’s treading into ubergeek territory, since the current record holder is the equivalent of a video game geek god. A fascinating look into a world I never really knew existed, and I’m not exactly a non-geek myself. Four stars (despite finding out later online that some of the facts of the movie are a little misrepresented–it still works great as a film).”
Well, one of the things you find out in the movie (spoiler alert!) is that the record keeps waffling back and forth between different people. Steve Wiebe, the hero of the film, is a normal schmo who wants to break the record for fun. Billy Mitchell, the villain, is a self-obsessed video game god with a slew of “ins” in the video game community.
Why do I bring this up? Because the world record just changed hands again two days ago. Steve Wiebe, winnin’ it for the little guys. Check out the press release here. Anyone ever seen this movie? You owe it to yourself to watch it. Good times.