Category Archives: Donkey Kong

The Evolution of Video Games and the Diminishing Relevance of Failure

By Thomas Adams In class, we began discussing failure in video games. The most common version of failure in video games in gameplay failure. Gameplay failure is when the player fails to complete a task that he/she must complete in order to progress in the game. This could be failing to solve a puzzle (e.g. Portal), dying to […] Continue reading

Posted in Arcade, arcade games, Class Related, Donkey Kong, evolution of gaming, failure, Gaming, Nintendo, Opinion, Super Mario Bros, Video Games | Comments Off on The Evolution of Video Games and the Diminishing Relevance of Failure

GAME OR BUST. Probably Bust Though….

By: Squid   In King of Kong – A Fistful of Quarters we witness the underdog, Steve, tackle the task of getting the world record score in the arcade classic Donkey Kong by practicing for hours a day and performing under pressure. The other side of the story shows a demigod of the arcade world, […] Continue reading

Posted in Donkey Kong, Gaming, League of Legends, professional gaming, Swag, World Records | Comments Off on GAME OR BUST. Probably Bust Though….

Brian Kuh, Hand of the King

By Thomas Adams (I know it’s long but bear with me.) From watching The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, I found Brian Kuh to be the most interesting of all the characters in the film. In the movie, he is portrayed as the stereotypical nerdy, white male overly obsessed with video games. While these things […] Continue reading

Posted in Analysis, Brian Kuh, character analysis, Class Related, competitive gaming, Donkey Kong, esports, Films, Gaming, Opinion, Play, social psychology, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Video Games | Comments Off on Brian Kuh, Hand of the King

Limitations of Genre in “King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters”

I read some critique of the King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. Although the film grossed over $700,000 globally (not bad for small-budget documentaries) and achieved critical acclaim (Rolling Stone calling it “roaringly funny”) others had their concerns. After some poking around, most critique falls into one of two categories: 1. Subject matter: many critics […] Continue reading

Posted in arcade games, Doctumentary, Donkey Kong, Fantasy, King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters, Seth Gordon, Video Games | Comments Off on Limitations of Genre in “King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters”

A Fist Full of… Drama

Being familiar with the competitive gaming culture around the game League of Legends, I have some basis for comparison when I watch King of Kong. In short, the competitive drama in King of Kong is when some people take something too seriously. And that is not a bad thing. Having paid attention to what is basically […] Continue reading

Posted in Class Related, competitive gaming, Donkey Kong, Gaming, League of Legends, Opinion | Comments Off on A Fist Full of… Drama

The Minions of King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters

The characters overall struck me as pathetic and childish. Specifically, the most pathetic characters were the supporting characters to Billy Mitchell specfically, Brian Kuh. I felt so bad for him that he was being used by Billy Mitchell as a go between to tell him Steve Wiebe’s scores. He seemed like a little minion and […] Continue reading

Posted in Billy Mitchell, Donkey Kong, king of kong:fistful of quarters, Steve Wiebe, world of warcraft | Comments Off on The Minions of King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters

King of Kong-or-An Exercise in Frustration

Coming into this movie, I had high hopes.  It was a movie about competitive video game players.  Heck, it was Donkey Kong!  That’s a great game, right?  Oh how naive I was.  The film, King of Kong- A Fistful of Quarters is your stereotypical underdog story.  An undefeated champion with an entourage of followers and […] Continue reading

Posted in Donkey Kong, Film Analysis, Or Rather Character Analysis, Rant I Guess?, Terrible People, Video Game Movie | Comments Off on King of Kong-or-An Exercise in Frustration

Donkey Kong Kings

There is a whole culture behind video games that I was completely unaware of – a culture of competition and pride. The film King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters seriously caught me off guard with the intensity and seriousness surrounding arcade games, specifically Donkey Kong. While it is nice to be the best […] Continue reading

Posted in Arcade, Donkey Kong, world record | Comments Off on Donkey Kong Kings

King of Kong – Can a Fistful of Quarters Buy Friends Too?

At the very beginning of the documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, the characters and the world of the movie come off as absurd. How can the lives of these grown men revolve around something as juvenile as arcade games? Isn’t that a bit pathetic? But after the film takes us further inside this […] Continue reading

Posted in arcade games, competitive gaming, Donkey Kong, King of Kong, social currency, social symbols, social value | Comments Off on King of Kong – Can a Fistful of Quarters Buy Friends Too?

King of Kong: Who is the King of Games?

At first glance, King of Kong seems to be a basic history of videogaming, with a few really passionate players talking about how much they love these games. The film takes a drastic turn when the conflict about Roy Schildt and Steve Weibe versus Billy Mitchell begins. I was surprised to hear about the so-called […] Continue reading

Posted in Donkey Kong, king of kong: a fistful of quarters, Twin Galaxies, video game culture | Comments Off on King of Kong: Who is the King of Games?