The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

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Bill Loguidice
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Image rippers

Thanks for the link, Mark. Those rippers are very cool. I remember one from years ago that worked on MAME.



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Bill, on the Donkey Kong graphic

This one is mine. Ripped it with a third party tool from Zophar and added a black out-line to make it stand out more. I was thinking about doing some old bitmap recreations as some new Icons but I do lack the time for now, besides someone has beaten me to it. Take a loot at this:

http://www.retrogamezone.co.uk/NES.htm



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By the way, Mark, I love that animated Donkey Kong from the NES version. Is that one of yours? It would be awesome to have a few more characters to choose from in our icons selection.



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A parallel

In hearing Mitchell's comments post movie, it sounds a lot like he was indeed kind of asked to play a role. Every movie needs some type of conflict, a good guy and a bad guy, and I think Mitchell gladly filled the latter. Certainly part of it was theatrics, but part of it is certainly is a reflection of Mitchell's ego-centric personality. Nothing wrong with all that really. In reading Mark's and Davy's comments, I'm reminded of the classic bodybuilding documentary, Pumping Iron, where, through tons of edited footage and a bit of cajoling by the filmmakers, we saw personalities on-screen that weren't necessarily all there in real life, merely amped up versions of their real selves. Arnold's ego-centric and driven personality, Ferrigno's somewhat meek demeanor around his overbearing father, Katz's incredulousness at his stolen shirt, etc. All of these things were amped up heavily in editing, though certainly bore some basis in truth. It's probably what makes each film excellent entertainment documentaries. Yeah, definitely want to see "Kong"...



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Man, now I've got to see it

Man, now I've got to see it after reading Mark's discussion. :)

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In the video Billy Mitchell

In the video Billy Mitchell doesn't shy away from trying to intimidate the opponent with a bit of psychological war-fare and he does succeed at that to a large extend. Billy has a good sense of self esteem as he has built op and empire of restaurant sauces and he does say some very interesting things about how he got to be where he is in his professional life and his video-gaming career. In the video he comes across as being very manipulative where as Steve Wiebe comes across as the vulnerable underdog who seems strive to get some form of recognition from Billy. Steve is obviously struggling with a lot of self-esteem issues which results in him feeling bad about himself when he doesn't get any form of recognition from Billy.
A big discussion has flared up after the release of the movie and Billy got a lot of bad rap. People think he is an asshole. But is he? At first I was inclined to think so, but has Billy done anything wrong here? No, he just wants to beat the high-score and he wants to win. In doing so, does he need to take into consideration the specific needs of Steve? No, not if he wants to win...and yes I do think it was not the nicest thing to do, but that is another story.

Personally I would much rather hang out and drink a beer with Steve than with Billy, because a guy like Steve fits more into my category of people I tend to hang out with. Ands yes I felt for him a little more in the movie. But when it comes to winner mentality, I think Billy has the better chances of beating the high-score and maintaining it because he dares to go all the way, including not being nice to his opponent. Eh as a matter of fact, just by 'not being anything at all' to his opponent.

The movie was definitely more pro-Steve than pro-Billy, and indeed Twin Galaxies really was dogged and the whole story got very polarized and that often happens in these sort of documentaries. An interesting watch nevertheless.

I say may the best man win! And be sure to check out Twin Galaxies! You can also send in record-attempts of console games. They accept PAL/NTSC formatted video tapes. Now there's a mighty fine new use of the old VCR!

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Not yet...

I still have this on my bedroom DVR, waiting to be watched. I've heard good things about it, so I'm glad you guys liked it to confirm that.



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Watched this some time ago

Watched this some time ago and it really did a number on Mitchell - but really went to town on his cohorts and Walter Day. Power of editing and all that.

Interesting reading the TG posts on the subject.

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