The subject matter and film are way past my time, none the less a fascinating tale that plays like a fable about gamers. A rivalry and world pulsating with vigor, color, fantasy and stimuli. The stoic trek and endearing "geekiness" of it's hero Steve Wiebe is a highlight of the film. Unfortunately so is the unscrupulous villain Billy Mitchell and his arrogant tirades and pitiful vanity. Story still unfolding today.
It's interesting watching this in 2018 with the knowledge that Mitchell was basically cheating but after watching it through what do you expect by sending in a video tape that was as conclusive as video footage of bigfoot. It's not really a competition either because Mitchell does everything in his power to avoid Wiebe, someone who puts in a load of effort to attain the high score which now he rightfully deserves.
The whole thing is like a real game of Donkey Kong: Steve keeps reaching his Princess Peach: the high score, but Billy Mitchell, like Donkey Kong, keeps snatching the Princess away once he reaches the top. Maybe a bit overly manipulative, but Mitchell's obvious double-standard (even without editing) probably deserves it.
Un documental que concentra toda una estructura argumental. Es el videojuego como estilo de vida, el nacimiento de un mito-jugador y una sociedad. Luego ingresa la otra historia sobre el típico perdedor y su oportunidad de reivindicarse, el triunfo frustrado, toda una sociedad que lo subestima, el nacimiento de una enemistad, la desmitificación del héroe y el nacimiento de otro. Una historia de lucha hegemónica.
A documentary about 2 guys vying for the championship of Donkey Kong, a 1981 arcade videogame sounds like the lamest thing in the world. It isn't. It's a great documentary, which does show how pathetic these guys are, and their wives as well. My favorite line "What about me? I"M the Donkey Kong guy's wife!" These guys are so stuck in time, one of them even still has a 1977 hairstyle.
I liked it.... BUT I don't particularily like the portrayal of Billy Mitchell. I get the "David vs. Goliath" thing they are trying to get, but Billy Mitchell has a story they never seem to care about. Seems like the only thing he has in life, apart from his wife, is this hi-score in Donkey Kong which is ruined by Steve Wiebe which has a much better life all in all it seems.