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The King of Kong

THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFULL OF QUARTERS brings competitive gaming to a whole new dimension when unemployed teacher Steve Wiebe threatens hot-sauce mogul Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong world record. Once the Guinness Book of World Records is involved, the game is on!

Director: Seth Gordon
Year: 2007
Time: 79 min

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Learn how to help the public education system through The National Public Education Support Fund.

Stimulate yourself and others through healthy competition. Encourage the achievement of greatness.

Hone your human nature skills through gaming – video gaming can have many positive benefits, teaching individuals how to strategize and react quickly. It’s even been show to encourage empathy. 

Keep you ego in check! Billy Mitchell provided evidence of the detrimental effects of an overblown ego. 

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Steve Wiebe and Ed Cunningham Discuss THE KING OF KONG

Steve Wiebe and Ed Cunningham are a part of the team that brought THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS to life.

Brian Gallagher interviewed the star and producer of this critically-acclaimed documentary.

Read the interview on Movieweb.

THE KING OF KONG and the Self-Feeding Monster of Egotism

Is THE KING OF KONG a video game documentary? No. Read the Last to Blame analysis to find out more.

All Things Donkey Kong

Want to keep up with what’s happening in the Donkey Kong world? The Donkey Kong Blogs is the place to start!

The World’s 13th-best Donkey Kong Player Has Something To Prove

“A thick curtain covers the windows. He fills a glass of water. He shuts the door and turns out the lights. He sits down on a barstool and leans forward, his face painted by the lambent orange and the cathode blue of his carefully restored Donkey Kong arcade cabinet. Onscreen, the great ape climbs his ladders and starts to throw barrels. The game begins.”

Read Shaun Boyd’s story here. 

The Truth About Honesty and Dishonesty

What makes somebody lie sometimes and tell the truth other times?

Read the interview with the psychology and behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely.

E-Sports In South Korea

Competitive gaming is a relatively new addition to western culture, but in South Korea it is a mainstream pastime. Read the New York Times article to find out more.

Why Video Games May Be Good for You

“Video games are neither inherently good nor bad.”

“Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.”

Read the full BBC article.

How Rivalries Bring Out Our Best — and Worst

A rivalry is more than just a competition. It typically emerges when competitors are similar, when they face off repeatedly, and when they’re about evenly matched.When these circumstances are present, they can lend a given competitive event a psychological weight that goes well beyond its tangible stakes.

To find out more check out the New York Magazine article.


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