Anyone who saw the Seth Gordon documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters without a doubt began rooting for Steve Weibe like Rocky Balboa. Even if the documentary, about a down on his luck science teacher attempting to break the world record in Donkey Kong, fudged some of the facts, it was undeniably a fantastic underdog story.
Now Steve Wiebe will attempt to reclaim the world record from his nemesis Billy Mitchell. And you know that because this is being hyped like it’s appointment television, that something bonkers is bound to happen.
Let’s back up a second for those who haven’t seen the documentary and are scratching their heads right now.
Steve Wiebe lived a quiet life in Washington until he lost his job at Boeing and found solace in his video game obsession, “Donkey Kong.” At the time, Billy Mitchell, a hot sauce mogul and a mulleted-icon in the world of competitive gaming, held the record for the highest “Donkey Kong” score, and Wiebe made it his sole purpose to break that record. And in doing so he found a sense of purpose and drive he didn’t know he possessed.
He not only perfected his game but surpassed Mitchell’s record and ended up with a thought-to-be-impossible 1,000,000 points. A wave of media coverage followed and Wiebe quickly became a celebrity in his hometown of Seattle.
Meanwhile, Mitchell hatched a plan to reclaim his fallen “Donkey Kong” record and, in the months that followed, Wiebe and Mitchell engaged in a cross-country duel to see who could set the high score and become the real “King of Kong.” Billy Mitchell currently holds the world record.
G4TV will air Wiebe’s latest attempt to reclaim the world record at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 2.
I still say that if they ever make this into a feature film, and they should, that Nathan Fillion should play Steve Wiebe. Maybe then he could finally have the breakout role the dude deserves.