As one of the uber-dorks in this film gleefully exclaims, most people who play Donkey Kong have a total gaming experience of less than a minute.
Yeah, he’s talking about me. Sadly, I’m a member of the unwashed masses who have no business setting foot inside a fun center.
But that’s ok. Just because I suck at Donkey Kong, doesn’t mean I’m unable to appreciate its magnificence or all that it can bring to our troubled world.
I just don’t want to play it.
King of Kong gives the unworthy a chance to get their gamer geek-on, without the teeth grinding, sweaty palms, or bursts of tourette’s.
The movie chronicles the battle for Kong superiority between Billy Mitchell, the world record holder since 1982, and newcomer Steve Wiebe, who hails from the nerd crucible of Redmond, Washington.
Like any good video game, King of Kong is an epic battle of good against evil. There are heroes, villains, and shifty accomplices with all of their cheat sheets and short-cuts.
In case you are worried, good eventually triumphs, but not in the way you would expect. Instead of brandishing a new trick or strategy, the better gamer wins the title of the King of Kong the old fashion way—through hard work, persistence, and humility.
Isn’t that refreshing?