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Will E3 See a New King of Kong Crowned?

Steve Wiebe once again sets his sights on that monkey called Donkey.

Billy Mitchell: He's sort of like the abortion issue.
The past two years have thrown off my expectations for E3 so much that I'm still having a hard time picturing what the big show is going to look like this year. It intent on recreating the size of "E3 Classic," but what about the spectacle? The blaring music, the flashing lights, the smoke machines, the aggressively disinterested booth babes, the bizarre z-list celebrity appearances, the opulent parties and the pricey hangovers they induce? I suppose we won't really know the full scope of it until we get down there and receive our OnLive-branded hotel room key cards, but we do know that G4 will be doing its part to bring the spectacle back to E3 in a way I can get behind. 

If you've seen The King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Quarters, you've got all the necessary backstory. If not, well, you should, because it's an awesome, if craftily edited, documentary about a bad-luck case named Steve Wiebe and his attempt to break the world record in Donkey Kong. A title held, with some amount of machiavellian machinations, by Billy Mitchell, a hot-sauce mogul with an affinity for American flag ties and paranoid, sociopathic, egomaniacal ramblings. 

While Steve never achieved a Donkey Kong score over the course of The King of Kong that Twin Galaxies, the self-appointed governing body for video-game top scores, would recognize, he's going to take another shot, live on G4, at E3 2009. Wiebe will be there, Twin Galaxies will be there, G4 will be there, and I hope to God that, at some point, Billy Mitchell will be there. As far as I'm concerned, this is better than WrestleMania.
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Posted by Ryan
Billy Mitchell: He's sort of like the abortion issue.
The past two years have thrown off my expectations for E3 so much that I'm still having a hard time picturing what the big show is going to look like this year. It intent on recreating the size of "E3 Classic," but what about the spectacle? The blaring music, the flashing lights, the smoke machines, the aggressively disinterested booth babes, the bizarre z-list celebrity appearances, the opulent parties and the pricey hangovers they induce? I suppose we won't really know the full scope of it until we get down there and receive our OnLive-branded hotel room key cards, but we do know that G4 will be doing its part to bring the spectacle back to E3 in a way I can get behind. 

If you've seen The King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Quarters, you've got all the necessary backstory. If not, well, you should, because it's an awesome, if craftily edited, documentary about a bad-luck case named Steve Wiebe and his attempt to break the world record in Donkey Kong. A title held, with some amount of machiavellian machinations, by Billy Mitchell, a hot-sauce mogul with an affinity for American flag ties and paranoid, sociopathic, egomaniacal ramblings. 

While Steve never achieved a Donkey Kong score over the course of The King of Kong that Twin Galaxies, the self-appointed governing body for video-game top scores, would recognize, he's going to take another shot, live on G4, at E3 2009. Wiebe will be there, Twin Galaxies will be there, G4 will be there, and I hope to God that, at some point, Billy Mitchell will be there. As far as I'm concerned, this is better than WrestleMania.
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Posted by Dolphin_Butter

I really hope he takes it.

Posted by rargy

Go Steve!  Can't stand Billy Mitchell..

Posted by Dolphin_Butter
rargy said:
"Go Steve!  Can't stand Billy Mitchell.."
Well, there's nothing particularly wrong with Billy Mitchell. The documentary was edited in a way that made him look like an ass.
Posted by LiveOrDie1212

Billy Mitchell is a punk. he's intimitated by Steve Weibe, thats why he doesn't want to compete with him in the movie. I would like to finally see this shit go down with Steve and Billy at E3. this could be epic if they could pull this off.

Posted by Azteris
Sleepy_Insomniac said:
"rargy said:
"Go Steve!  Can't stand Billy Mitchell.."
Well, there's nothing particularly wrong with Billy Mitchell. The documentary was edited in a way that made him look like an ass."
I am entirely open to the idea that it was edited to be more entertaining, but you can only edit so much. There has to be some ass-like stuff to edit.
Posted by Derios

God damn this is going to be awesome.

Posted by fresh2deafbill

this is awesome

Posted by Dolphin_Butter
Azteris said:
"Sleepy_Insomniac said:
"rargy said:
"Go Steve!  Can't stand Billy Mitchell.."
Well, there's nothing particularly wrong with Billy Mitchell. The documentary was edited in a way that made him look like an ass."
I am entirely open to the idea that it was edited to be more entertaining, but you can only edit so much. There has to be some ass-like stuff to edit."
Entertainment at the expense of making someone they're not? That seems to go against the very definition of what a documentary is.
Posted by TwoOneFive

God, i fucking hated Billy Mitchel after watching King of Kong. He really is a fucking weirdo with his trophy wife and his fanboys that control the record books. 

Edited by TwoOneFive

God, i fucking hated Billy Mitchel after watching King of Kong. He really is a fucking weirdo with his trophy wife, shitty hot sauce and his fanboys that control the record books. (lol i'm with you there that its better than wrestle mania, this will be epic if Weibi wins it on live TV and they shove the cameras in Mitchell's face saying "HOW DOES IT FEEL!?!?!"

Posted by GreggD

STEVE'S THE MAN! DO IT, TO IT!

Posted by EvilTwin

I agree with the fact that it was edited to make things look more stacked against Steve than they really were, and make Billy Mitchell look like more of a dick than he probably really is, but you can't deny that some of the stuff he said was arrogant as hell, regardless of how it was edited in.

Posted by Diamond

King of Kong was really great.  I can see how Billy was probably put into a worse light than he might deserve.  My mom thinks all the people in the movie were acting, she can't believe they're all so nuts.

Posted by Valentino

Wait, I thought Wiebe broke the record. Or does it have to be at Twin Galaxies hosted event?

Posted by EvilTwin
Valentino said:
"Wait, I thought Wiebe broke the record. Or does it have to be at Twin Galaxies hosted event?"
He broke it and Billy took it back I believe.
Posted by Metiphis

Hope he makes it.

Posted by logson

Awesome!
And to put my asshole hat on: Twin Galaxies is Guinness Book-appointed, not self-appointed. DUUUUUUUUUHHHHH.

Posted by jakob187

Steve did beat Billy's score after the movie was out, but then Billy did take it back.  Therefore, this is an attempt for Steve to set another world record.


Hope he does it, because the competition just needs to keep going and going on this one.  I love watching me some kill screens.
Posted by MetalGearSunny

I loved the movie and I can't wait for E3 now!

Posted by Azteris
Sleepy_Insomniac said:
"Azteris said:
"Sleepy_Insomniac said:
"rargy said:
"Go Steve!  Can't stand Billy Mitchell.."
Well, there's nothing particularly wrong with Billy Mitchell. The documentary was edited in a way that made him look like an ass."
I am entirely open to the idea that it was edited to be more entertaining, but you can only edit so much. There has to be some ass-like stuff to edit."
Entertainment at the expense of making someone they're not? That seems to go against the very definition of what a documentary is."
That seems to be what you inferred earlier, and now you're finding it redicilous.


Explain.
Posted by Muze

I doubt Mitchell will show up. There's never been any proof that he actually got the scores that he did.

Posted by NinjaHunter

It doesn't matter if Steve takes the record because Billy Mitchell ALWAYS has a plan.

Posted by License_To_Bill

I thought at the end of the movie, during the little epilogue thing, he showed video of him beating the record. So he had the live and recorded records.

Posted by JJOR64

Loved the movie.  They should make a sequel of him trying to beat the record again.

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Posted by talljack

STEVE! STEVE! STEVE! STEVE! STEVE!

Posted by Dolphin_Butter
Azteris said:
"That seems to be what you inferred earlier, and now you're finding it redicilous.

Explain."
What are you talking about? I never indicated that I found the documentary entertaining for editing it in a way that made Billy Mitchell look like an ass. The fact that the documentary creators put a twist on the story is absolutely deplorable and ridiculous. While I commend Steve Wiebe efforts to reclaim the crown, people seem to be cheering for him simply based on the documentary which, for the record, is one steeped in the mire of grabbing the viewers' attention with drama. 1UP and EGM later discovered that the video Billy Mitchell unveiled after Steve Wiebe's new record was taken back and that Billy and Steve had previous encounters when they actually played together.

So no, I never inferred anything about the documentary's entertainment value. I was merely commenting on the misguided presumptions of the gaming community at large. Blah, explained!
Posted by AgentJ
Sleepy_Insomniac said:
"Azteris said:
"That seems to be what you inferred earlier, and now you're finding it redicilous.

Explain."
What are you talking about? I never indicated that I found the documentary entertaining for editing it in a way that made Billy Mitchell look like an ass. The fact that the documentary creators put a twist on the story is absolutely deplorable and ridiculous. While I commend Steve Wiebe efforts to reclaim the crown, people seem to be cheering for him simply based on the documentary which, for the record, is one steeped in the mire of grabbing the viewers' attention with drama. 1UP and EGM later discovered that the video Billy Mitchell unveiled after Steve Wiebe's new record was taken back and that Billy and Steve had previous encounters when they actually played together.So no, I never inferred anything about the documentary's entertainment value. I was merely commenting on the misguided presumptions of the gaming community at large. Blah, explained!"
Fair enough. But Billy Mitchell is still a douche. The things he said weren't just made up out of thin air.
Posted by Claude

Screw that! I want to see Billy Mitchell and Bob Pelloni in a cage match. The documentary comes later: Billy and Bob: 100 days.

Posted by Ferginator4k

AWESOME i hope Steve wins, i haven't seen the documentary yet but I've read about it.

Posted by ishotmrburns
JJOR64 said:
"They should make a sequel of him trying to beat the record again."
King of Kong: For a Few Quarters More
Posted by MeatSim

This is a bust if Billy Mitchell isn't there.

Posted by Conojo

Fistful of quarters was awesome, and I really hope Steve takes it. I choose to totally buy into the drama created by the documentary, and so in my world Billy Mitchell is the videogame devil and must be defeated.

Posted by lowestformofwit

Best of luck to Steve.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I've heard they're working on a sequel to King of Kong, so it'd be cool if this was part of the sequel, which is probably is.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh

The infamous and immortal, Billy Mitchell.

Posted by TaintedSun

This

is

something

I

have

been

waiting

for.

Posted by Alex_Murphy
Meatsim said:
"This is a bust if Billy Mitchell isn't there. "
I doubt he's going to be there. It doesn't't seem like Billy Mitchell to go anywhere unless he's guaranteed to be the center of attention. But it would be good enough if Steve reclaimed the top DK score.
Posted by ahoodedfigure

Go Steve Wiebe!!

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Billy Mitchell is the perfect arch-nemesis, but I want him to keep the crown. He has so much more personality than the other guy. No offense, other guy.

Posted by Kowalski

Come on Wiebe, you can do it!!

Posted by Gunharp

It's all for nothing if Walter Day isn't there as well!

Fistful of quarters was a great documentary and I thought the the good guy vs. bad guy set-up was unecessary. I wonder what the intent of the film director was.... I mean most people see a DVD box with an arcade machine and the description it had on the back don't want to know anymore. So portraying that plot doesn't really pander to the audience who is going to buy or rent this movie anyway. The way I sold the movie half-time (I worked for a local dvd rental chain) was explaining that Mr. Wiebe was right here in Redmond and the documentary "totally" has shots over by the local QFC - haha.

Posted by The_Dude

I guess I have to be the one to say it first  but, COME ON! Billy Mitchell is a bad ass!

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Posted by Lozz

If anyone hasn't seen King Of Kong yet I really suggest you go out and see it now, very good film. Mitchell is so arrogant, he thinks he owns the world, but he doesn't, he's a dick. Go Steve!

Posted by Verdugo

This is going to be fucking epic. I hope Steve breaks the record.

Posted by Media_Master

The ultimate face off!

Posted by Scientist

I'm almost more excited to see this showdown than I am to see the new upcoming games for the year.  I loved that documentary and I am totally rooting for Steve all the way.  Is that documentary sold anywhere?

Posted by Kou_Leifoh

For some reason, Billy Mitchell scares the shit out of me.

Posted by bshirk

Billy Mitchell is an asshole.  I hope Steve kicks his ass.

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