The King of Kong a Fistful of Quarters: Competitive sports within the confines of a digital dome

The 2007 documentary film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters follows the rivalry of two vastly different men who contest for the world's highest score for the Donkey Kong arcade game. Director Seth Gordon emphasizes the stiff competition between underdog Steve Wiebe and remaining champ Billy Mitchell through several main events similar to matches between two basketball teams or golf players. 

This exhibit will show the qualities of videogames as a competitive sport on par with professional ball teams through evidence from the documentary and sources related to competition and the film as a whole.

The exhibit in three sections:

  • Reviews: Critical opinions on The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and its depiction of competition
  • Criticism: Use of film techniques and methods in creating essentially a sports film
  • Two Scenes from the film demonstratinng sports-like quailites



Adam Thies