Throwback Thursday: The Dangers of Competitive Overclocking … “The King of Kong”

This Thursday we recall a post from back in 2010 which drew our attention to a documentary that in many, many ways accurately reflects the competitive nature of Overclocking. The documentary is entitled ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ and it relates the story of a titanic rivalry between two of the world’s best King Kong video game players. The parallels between competitive gaming and Overclocking are stark and undeniably relevant. Here’s what we wrote back on February 26th 2010:

“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.

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now watch ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ documentary with a mere click of a button. You can also find the original post from 2010 here.

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