Who Will Be the King of Kong?

28 02 2009

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters movie poster

While I normally post stuff to watch on back seat gaming this will be one of the first documentaries that will be featured on the site.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary about a rivalry between Billy Mitchell, reigning champion of the Donkey Kong arcade cabinet as well as restaurant chain owner and newcomer Steve Wiebe, junior high school teacher.

The documentary essentially follows the lives of both contenders as Wiebe is shown as having moved from obsession to obsession until settling on Donkey Kong, where he becomes engrossed in mastering the game and hoping to eventually beat Billy’s high score. Billy is portrayed as a the cocky high score holder and seemingly antagonized in the film.

The film is an interesting look into one sub culture of competitive arcade cabinet video game playing, as it documents the politics of competitive video gaming, and how Steve Wiebe faces off against them. Click read the rest to see the trailer for the film.
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Video Game Review Madness

4 02 2009

Ignoring the who came first argument for now, here are two guys who have decided to review video games in a similar style. The style could be summed up as picking apart mostly old games and the heavy use of obscenities. The first is the Angry Video Game Nerd, aka James Rolfe, who tears into old games he considers terrible while incorporating skits into the review. Here is one of his most viewed videos on Youtube, a review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. Click for the rest of the article!

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More Mario Kart Music and Mayhem

30 01 2009

Here is a collection of Mario Kart inspired videos to check out. Some of these videos are musical, while others focus on physical humor. The first video is by prankster Rémi Gaillard who’s homepage, full of links to his prank videos, can be found here. Click for the rest of the Mario Kart videos.

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Super Street Fighter Action Figures

22 01 2009

I viewed a couple of interesting videos recently relating to the Street Fighter series. Timely, seeing as the release of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix was only a short while ago and Street Fighter 4 is out next month. Click read the rest to check out the videos.

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Mega Man (or Rockman) Mania

1 01 2009

It’s interesting to see peoples creative output inspired by the media in their lives. What is it about a game as simple as Mega Man that inspires people to write songs, rewrite songs, and create entire stop motion worlds for and from Mega Man? Over my absence from semi-regular updates, I watched a number of videos that had their own interpretation of Mega Man. Read the rest to check them out.

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Obama Girl backs “Ackerman” for EA’s Red Alert 3

6 11 2008

A bit late on posting this but I guess it is sort of timely considering the American election was only yesterday. Remember Obama Girl? If not here is a video of her original song “I Got a Crush…On Obama” which has received over 11 million views as of the date of this posting.

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Gaming Culture and The Rainbow Road

24 09 2008

You’ll have this song stuck in your head, and for that I am sorry.

With this I hope to begin a regular look into some of the lighter aspects of gaming culture to explore how gaming is appropriated to create something that resonates with gaming audiences and is then reincorporated into gaming culture.

I now present to you, Rainbow Road by Rhymes With Stomach.

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