The dangers of competitive overclocking ... "The King of Kong"

The dangers of competitive overclocking … “The King of Kong”

Just this morning, I was notified by Finnish overclocker Sampsa about an eye-opening documentary about the competitive (classic) gaming community. Watching the entire documentary, both Sampsa and I agreed on the similarities between the classic gaming community and the overclocking community: the pitfalls, the rivalries, but also the dedication and passion for the game. A must-see for ANY overclocker!

Without giving too much away, I must say that throughout the entire documentary I was able to put names of overclockers on each of the characters in the movie. It wasn’t that difficult to actually come up with similar situations we have experienced in the past and … yes, see a lot of the same problems we have faced in the last couple of years. I recommend every overclocker who’s highly involved in the scene to watch this eye-opening documentary.

The plot:”In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell’s record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record?”


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Belgium Massman says:

As said in the news post ... this was a really eye-opening documentary. It was almost scary to be able to put names on the different movie characters

Belgium richba5tard says:

It gets a great score on IMDB too.

Finland Sampsa says:

This was a very good document, thumbs up :)

Belgium richba5tard says:

Just saw it, excellent documentary!

Finland SF3D says:

Nice documentary. Similarities are there for sure!

United Kingdom RawZ says:

I saw this a few years ago on my Documentary Film degree course at University - cracking film. I'd advise anyone to see this as it relates so much to us!

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