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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pac-Mac and The Masters

If you haven't seen, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, move it to the top of your Netflix queue as soon as possible. It's a hilarious documentary about classic "gamers" who are the best in the world at early '80s video games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, MAPPY, and Burgertime.

Make sure you watch the special features, especially the interviews. You won't believe these guys are real. One part of the movie I found particularly amusing was when one of the key figures in the film, Billy Mitchell (the first person to ever get a perfect score in Pac-Man) uses a golf analogy to describe why real champions need to prove their ability in front of others rather than just mailing in their top scores on video-tape.

Here's the line from Billy: "To me, most important is to travel to a sanctioned location, like Funspot, that makes it official; if tomorrow Tiger Woods golfs a 59, big deal. If he does it at Augusta, that's where it counts."


Blogger Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

hA! We just watched that! Great movie...that Brian Kuh guy? the very definition of "toady."

8:10 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

Toady. Good SAT word. That's how I described Kuh and his clan to the wife (she watched too, but couldn't watch the losers anymore by the time I got to the special features). I first said they were sycophantic, but that term was lost on her. I guess that ND education only takes people so far...

Did you watch Greg Bond's interview -- the one where he said, "in Burgertime, you have to be so strategic, it's not even funny."

8:21 PM  
Blogger Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

Missed that...we rarely delve into the extras, altho we probably should have in this case since the movie was so short (and apparently they were so interesting).

Out of curiosity, how did you hear about the movie? I had to check my archives to see if it was me...I'd never heard of it before reading about it @ my blog mentor's blog.

9:14 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

I don't know how I heard of it initially, but a friend of mine recommended it a couple of weeks ago, and I moved it to the top of the queue.

It could be worth getting again just to watch the special features.

9:36 PM  

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