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The New Kings of Kong Are Cool With Sharing The Throne

The New Kings of Kong Are Cool With Sharing The Throne

When the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released in 2007, it pulled back the curtain on a subculture that few knew existed: an insular community of gamers that lived to set video game world records. The members of this community were holdovers and nostalgia seekers from the arcade golden age of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, when video games were still curiosities to the mainstream public. And the most notorious player from this era was Billy Mitchell, a hot sauce salesman with a bad mullet and a smug attitude (or so the documentary characterized him). He was also a world record holder—the first person to attain a perfect game on Pac-Man—and up until the mid ‘00s Mitchell was the (nearly unchallenged, save by one player named Tim Sczerby) Donkey Kong arcade champion, his best run totaling 939,900 points. But then—as the beloved film documented—lovable hard luck case and high school math teacher Steve Wiebe broke the world record. It was an epic tale of…