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Old 13-02-2008, 18:42   #1
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The King of Kong

Just seen the trailer for this...

Is it a Documentary or a Mockumetary!?

Is it Spinal Tap or Bowling for Columbine?!
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Old 13-02-2008, 18:44   #2
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Its a documentaty, certainly isnt a bargain though
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Old 13-02-2008, 19:10   #5
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Ah gees - sorry - searched and then posted, must have been in the Bargain forum!
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Old 13-02-2008, 19:15   #6
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It's entertaining, but the downside for me is it's not a true representation of what actually happened....so I'd say it's like Bowling for Columbine.
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Old 13-02-2008, 19:40   #7
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What BlueDwarf said. Very entertaining but goes to great lengths to set up the goodies and the baddies. Definitely recommended but don't take it for gospel. View it as a movie and not a documentary.

Having said that I still want to smack Brian Kuh
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Old 13-02-2008, 20:24   #8
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Best film I saw last year (except Hatchet)
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Cool - it looks like i'm going to enjoy it and the reviews are good, so i think i'll get hold of it
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Old 13-02-2008, 22:48   #10
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I watched it last week and really enjoyed it even though I had zero interest in Donkey Kong.
The main Kong guy is such an obnoxious tube!
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It's a shame that
Spoiler: the ending, and post ending
the "villain" set a genuine new Donkey Kong high score -- under the correct conditions -- a few months after the film came out. That destroys the happy ending.

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Old 14-02-2008, 22:57   #12
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Interesting informal interview with Billy Mitchell over at The A.V. Club website. The do talk about events in the movie, but since it's a documentary that’s not so bad. Can't say whether it spoils anything or not since I'm still waiting to watch it the whole thing, but I found that his answers both refute and support the way he is portrayed in the film (despite his intentions). Those who have seen the movie will probably get even more out of it than me.
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It's a shame that
Spoiler: the ending, and post ending
the "villain" set a genuine new Donkey Kong high score -- under the correct conditions -- a few months after the film came out. That destroys the happy ending.
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Did he though? The implication around the net was that the 'referee' who observed his performance was unreliable, and that both of Mitchell's million plus scores are highly disputed. Contrast that with Wiebe's 980,000+ score which was witnessed by dozens of people. I know it seems unbelievable that people would do stuff like this over a video game, but anyone who's seen the film will appreciate that these guys grip on reality is pretty loose.


The film was great. Criticisms of the movie have been fairly robustly defended by the makers. I'd guess that the idea of good guys and bad guys developed as the filming was made, and it was edited accordingly. Very entertaining though, as a film, even if as a documentary it's flawed.
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Well I got around to watching this last night and really enjoyed it.
Cracking film - bizarrely had me gripped from start to finish!
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Just reading that interview with Billy Mitchell posted above - he seems to know an awful lot about the film considering he claims he's never seen it!

Pretty interesting read tho!
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Jason Scott, long time wikipedia critic and maker of the BBS documentary, who is making a pinball documentary and text adventure docu at the moment has written quite a lot about this over the last week, some controversial. In chronological order (some of it is quite lengthy, but very interesting) probably contains spoliers!!

http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000574.html
http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000575.html
http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000579.html
http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000580.html
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Old 15-02-2008, 16:18   #18
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Just read the first one of those, and while i see his points, it seems a little bit whiney. Seems like he's a bit jealous because somebody got a piece of the pie before he did! Could be wrong - i'll read the rest before making total conclusions...

EDIT: Well i read them all (except the really long one as i cant be bothered), and i think he sounds very immature. He raises some points, but really i just get the impression that he's just bitter that somebody made a great movie that his probably wont be able to match up to...
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Isn't there another arcade documentary coming out too, called Chasing Ghosts?
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Just read the first one of those, and while i see his points, it seems a little bit whiney.
White on black text gives me a headache.

I'd heard about "Chasing Ghosts", but not read anyting about it for a while - since K-of-K came out.
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