Even though I like documentaries, I hadn’t heard of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and had no interest in seeing it… until I found out it was playing at our new favorite movie theater, The Balboa. So my wife and I checked out its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and decided to give it a shot.
In the beginning, we just laughed at the video game geeks talking about how important having the highest score in Pac-Man or Donkey Kong is. By the end of the movie, though, I was anxious to see who would win this contest—Billy Mitchell, the defending champion, or Steve Wiebe, the challenger. I love it when films suck me in like that. I can definitely say I had very little interest in Donkey Kong before this. The most I’d ever felt about classic games was a bit of nostalgia for a little “wizard needs food badly” from Gauntlet.