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A brilliant little guy battling the odds documentary.,
This review is from: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters [DVD]  (DVD)
In the early 1980s video gaming wonder kid Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong high score that has stood for over 20 years. 'King Of Kong' follows an assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an easygoing junior high school teacher from Kirkland, Washington.
After a failed musical career and an laid off as an engineer at Boeing, Steve is determined to make his mark on the world and buys himself a used Donkey Kong arcade machine and sets out to beat Mitchell's score. Through a combination of patience and determination Weibe eventually gets his high score and mails off a videotape as proof, although that's just the start of Weibe's battle.
Even if you don't like video games then the chances are you'll still love this superb documentary. Although the basis of the story is about Steve Wiebe trying to break a 25 year old Donkey King high score, the heart of the film is a tale of an outsider versus the gaming establishment which is overseen by 'Twin-Galaxies' a restricted and self-contained organisation in which the judges, rule-makers and staff are also the challenging participants, most of whom seem heavily biased in favour of Billy Mitchell.