Monday, August 20, 2007

Quick Hitter: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Champion versus challenger. The perennial winner versus the lovable loser. The guy people love to hate versus the guy people love to cheer. The same qualities that make a heated sports rivalry so spectacular are in full effect in Seth Gordon's amazing documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Gordon's story details the battle between challenger Steve Wiebe and champion Billy Mitchell as they vie for the Donkey Kong world record. Wiebe, with a wife, two kids, no job, and a penchant for crying, fights for integrity and respectability. Mitchell, the 1980's arcade master with the 1970's haircut, fights for video game supremacy. Colorful characters are plentiful throughout which only adds to the narrative. A highly gripping and entertaining picture.

What is a movie review doing on a blog about mobile and embedded technology?

Well, the main CPU for the Donkey Kong arcade game machine was a Zilog Z80.

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