Archive for April 11, 2007

Only One Can Wear The 'Donkey Kong' Crown

April 11, 2007

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In a land of 8-bits, joysticks and quarter slots there can only be one king.

Showing at the 16th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, The King of Kong is an inspiring and humorous look into the surprisingly cutthroat world of classic gaming.

Competition in its simplest form needs several elements to be captivating; a hero to root for, a villain to cheer against and a goal to create a legend.

While the arcade game “Donkey Kong” may not seem like a fitting playing field for champions, director Seth Gordon proves it can be both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring in his documentary The King of Kong.

The film follows an intense rivalry between two men who have never met, but share the passion for a video game where the goal is to avoid the barrels, kill the monkey and save the girl.

In 1982, a young Bill Mitchell became the first world high score champion of Donkey Kong. Years later, Mitchell, with a trimmed beard and well-quaffed mullet, has become a messiah of classic video games and hot sauce.

In Mitchell’s self made world, he has no time for losing and no room for modesty with the belief, “When you want your name written into history, you have to pay the price.”

Thousands of miles away enter Steve Wiebe. A soft-spoken family man and obsessive fan of Donkey Kong, Wiebe will not settle until he quietly becomes number one for the first time in his life.

At one point, Wiebe’s young daughter offers a profound statement on what drives her father, saying, “Crack is for people who don’t play video games.”

Wiebe’s natural ability and Mitchell’s natural ‘charisma’ set the stage for a hilarious and thoroughly exciting competition to be the best.

Looking beyond the game, King of Kong is about a story of hope and fear. Everyone hopes to be the best at something, but the only way to win is to face the fear of losing.

The King of Kongreminds viewers a good movie, like a good video game, does not need to be fancy to be fufilling.

The King of Kong is playing at the International House on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:15 p.m.

It will be released nation-wide by Picturehouse in August.

[via CBS3]

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Only One Can Wear The ‘Donkey Kong’ Crown

April 11, 2007

gdonkey_kong.jpg 

In a land of 8-bits, joysticks and quarter slots there can only be one king.

Showing at the 16th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, The King of Kong is an inspiring and humorous look into the surprisingly cutthroat world of classic gaming.

Competition in its simplest form needs several elements to be captivating; a hero to root for, a villain to cheer against and a goal to create a legend.

While the arcade game “Donkey Kong” may not seem like a fitting playing field for champions, director Seth Gordon proves it can be both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring in his documentary The King of Kong.

The film follows an intense rivalry between two men who have never met, but share the passion for a video game where the goal is to avoid the barrels, kill the monkey and save the girl.

In 1982, a young Bill Mitchell became the first world high score champion of Donkey Kong. Years later, Mitchell, with a trimmed beard and well-quaffed mullet, has become a messiah of classic video games and hot sauce.

In Mitchell’s self made world, he has no time for losing and no room for modesty with the belief, “When you want your name written into history, you have to pay the price.”

Thousands of miles away enter Steve Wiebe. A soft-spoken family man and obsessive fan of Donkey Kong, Wiebe will not settle until he quietly becomes number one for the first time in his life.

At one point, Wiebe’s young daughter offers a profound statement on what drives her father, saying, “Crack is for people who don’t play video games.”

Wiebe’s natural ability and Mitchell’s natural ‘charisma’ set the stage for a hilarious and thoroughly exciting competition to be the best.

Looking beyond the game, King of Kong is about a story of hope and fear. Everyone hopes to be the best at something, but the only way to win is to face the fear of losing.

The King of Kongreminds viewers a good movie, like a good video game, does not need to be fancy to be fufilling.

The King of Kong is playing at the International House on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:15 p.m.

It will be released nation-wide by Picturehouse in August.

[via CBS3]

Donkey Kong Made From Post-It's

April 11, 2007

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This has to be one of the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. This whole piece of art is made simply of Post-It notes, 6400 Post-It’s to be precise. It took 10 people around 5 hours to complete, head over to thier site for more info and pictures of the piece being put together.

Donkey Kong Made From Post-It’s

April 11, 2007

title_tn.jpg

This has to be one of the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. This whole piece of art is made simply of Post-It notes, 6400 Post-It’s to be precise. It took 10 people around 5 hours to complete, head over to thier site for more info and pictures of the piece being put together.

Galaga on Virtual Console

April 11, 2007

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Another round of updatings sidled online today, with the North American Wii Virtual Console offering further bolstered by three new retrograde games.

Arcade classic Galaga will be available from today costing 500 Wii points, this being the NES version of Namco’s old skool favourite. And for the uninitiated, Galaga sees you battling all manner of alien spacecraft, top-down shooter style.

Then there’s Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, which you can bag for 800 Wii points, and hails from the Megadrive. The platform gamewas certainly popular back in the day, and this version features 11 levels of taxing jumping and running.

Finally, this week’s last VC update comes in the form of another Turbografx revival, this time for Bravoman. Another Namco developed title is the dish of the day, with a mixture of fighting and platforming on the agenda. This game will set you back 600 Wii points.

Japanese Arcade Robbery Nets 3 Million Yen

April 11, 2007

 

Three masked men made off with over 3 million yen after robbing an amusement arcade in Fukuoka, Japan with knives at the weekend. The raiders wore white towels on their faces according to reports and forced staff to open safe and change machines, before locking them in the storeroom before making an escape.None of the employees were hurt in the robbery and police in Japan are appealing for witnesses.

[via ATE online]