The King of Kong: An underdog story! (kind of)

By Justin “JCov” Covington

Well, I must certainly say The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was a very interesting documentary. To me it was the traditional sports underdog story, but with nerds. Here you have Billy Mitchell, the standard, the guy that has been reigning champ for some twenty years. Yet, along comes Steve Wiebe. Now you say to yourself, “look at this lonesome loser!” Yes, he may be the newcomer. He may not have ever been first in anything. But get real! Does he really have the right to look through the Guinness Book of World Records and say “Hey, I’ve never been the best at anything, but I betcha I could beat that Donkey Kong guy’s record!” What a jerk right? Exactly.

So you see, the protagonist, hero if you must, is obviously Billy Mitchell. Here’s a guy who has held onto this record for two decades. He makes his living off of his success! His record means a whole lot to him. So who’s the villain you ask? Well obviously it’s Wiebe! That guy comes along and vows to take what is rightfully Billy’s! And for what? Just to make himself feel better? Couldn’t he have tried to hold his breath for the longest amount of time or something?

Anyhow, the film would try and lead you to believe that Billy was defeated by the villain. It would try and skew your knowledge by thinking that at the last moment Wiebe snatched the record once and for all from Billy. However, if you have a chance to check out the Twin Galaxies highscoreres for Donkey Kong, http://www.twingalaxies.com/index.aspx?c=22&pi=2&gi=3852&vi=22, then you might be suprised to see our hero on top! Take that Wiebe! You don’t mess with a man’s sauce or his Donkey Kong record!

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