King of Kong

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This documentary reminded me why people are the worst. We first meet Billy Mitchell who set the world record for Donkey Kong in 1982. He is originally portrayed as a man who dragged himself through the mud and made something of himself. He started his own restaurant. His parents say that he is a “winner.” However, I personally think that he is a sneaky, hypocritical, little man. Steve Wiebe is introduced as a challenger to this record. I do not know if this documentary was filmed objectively, but he becomes the sympathetic figure or even heroine in the film.

Steve Wiebe tries to pierce the bubble that Billy Mitchell has created with Twin Galaxies, the company that verifies world records for arcade games. The entire movie seemed to be a conspiracy to keep Steve Wiebe from being recognized for having broken one million points on Donkey Kong and beating Billy Mitchell’s record. Billy Mitchell is part of the committee that confirms that scores were achieved without cheating. That seems to be a conflict of interest to me. Billy Mitchell and his posse seemed to build obstacles to stop Steve at every turn. Brian Kuh might be the most despicable of the group. He is always lingering around Steve trying to get in his head. At one point Brian went into Steve’s house and took apart his Donkey Kong arcade game without Steve’s permission. Eventually Steve’s accomplishments were recognized but this was not for a long time after this feud started. Steve Wiebe entered tournaments and set records in the public’s eye, as Billy Mitchell said it should be done. However, where was Billy Mitchell? Not once did he enter a tournament and play in front of the public. All of his records were recorded on film, which looked to be faked. This movie successfully destroyed my faith in humanity. I no longer want to live on this planet.

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Author: mcb2791

Vanderbilt Student

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