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Thursday, February 7, 2008

A documentary on Donkey Kong and underdogs

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2008 at 5:24 AM

Scene reporter Rebecca Meiser isn’t the first to be screwed in a rigged election. That’s pretty much the premise of the hilarious documentary The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters, now available on DVD. In the film, Steve Weibe, an endearing underdog, decides to take on the 1982 Donkey Kong champion, Billy Mitchell, a full-time hot sauce salesman with an ego the size of the Soviet Union and a mullet that puts Billy Ray Cyrus to shame… The problem is that Twin Galaxies, the ultimate authority in classic video game records, isn’t interested in giving away Mitchell’s title. The film follows Weibe as he heartbreakingly tries to break the record. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should definitely rent it. For a city full of folks who know what’s like to be the eternal underdog, this movie hits close to home. It’s also packed full of memorable nerds, including Mr. Awesome, Mitchell’s longtime arch nemesis, who has posed for Playgirl and published his life story in comic book form. Until you get your hands on a copy, you can get a glimpse of Mr. Awesome’s world in the video above. – Denise Grollmus

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