So this movie seemed rather interesting when I was at the library last week.  The King of Kong is a documentary about a person’s quest to set the world record high score for Donkey Kong.  I was pleasantly surprised with the movie while becoming educated about the ins-and-outs of the competitive video gaming world.  There is an organization dedicated to refereeing the games, making sure that the machines have not been altered, and other such matters to validate high scores.

The story mostly follows two people, the (then) current world record holder and the challenger.  At one point in the movie there is a revelation that the Guiness Book of World Records will have an entry for video game high scores and a discussion between the challenger and his daughter about the World Records and she very wisely says: “some people sort of ruin their lives to be in there“.

Since the end of the movie, the world record has changed hands a couple of times.  The current world record holder who just broke it again this month has not put in the near decade of practice but decided to try it after watching the film.

The process was the fascinating part to me, observing the personalities of the people involved, the intrigue and infighting.

I’d recommend it as a quirky fun film.

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