April 30, 2010

"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"
— Ace

Mjim linked this in the comments.

I saw this a few years back, and I strongly recommend you watch it. It's a very silly documentary about an utterly trivial matter -- who will win the "Classic Arcade Games" official record for Donkey Kong? -- but it's just great. One of the most enjoyable documentaries I've seen.

Actually, it's a little more like a reality tv show than a documentary -- there is definitely a hero and villain here -- bust still, it's great.

Especially the political intrigues. Yes, there are political intrigues. Because the main story is about the goofball committee which officially recognizes Donkey Kong records corruptly denying the record to the real holder, in order to keep the record in the hands of their buddy, who's actually on the board of the record-certifying committee.

And also is a "Cool Dude," and therefore considered a "Good Ambassador" for classic gaming because he's so coool. At least he's cool in the minds of these other certified geek mutants. He's like their Golden Boy, and seriously, I think they think he's so cool because he's actually had sex with a woman. So of course that makes him King of the Geeks.

To the rest of us, to normal people, he just seems like another geek, except with a +5 Mullet of Douchebaggery.

Goofy as it is, this is still essentially a story about political corruption, and the "establishment" (such as it is) consipiring against the little guy to keep him out of the club, and even though it's about such a trivial matter, it still gets you going. Corruption is always dramatic, even if it's about a stupid insignificant video game record.

The cool thing is, you can actually watch the whole movie on YouTube, at least, I guess, until they figure out that a bunch of people are now viewing pirated material and shut it down. That's a link to part 1.

If it gets taken down, or you like basically like what you see, rent it. These guys made a good product and deserve a little somethin'-somethin' for that.

Spoiler below. Highlight with your mouse to see after you've watched it.

If you watch the whole thing, you should probably click on the Wikipedia entry, to find out what was true here and what wasn't.

Oh, 96% of it is true, but there is a little deceptive editing and withholding for dramatic purposes, especially near the end.

I sort of don't even want to mention this, and that's why I'm calling it a spoiler, because it sort of will spoil your fun to know that there is some manipulation at the climax.

But if you wind up being as nuts for this movie as I was, you'll probably want the full, real story.

As I said, it's almost all true. The falseness near the end is just a matter of withholding or deceptively implying, not really lying. But you do need to check the record for the actual facts.

If you care enough. But this dumb little documentary will probably make you care enough about exactly what happened in this weird mutant subculture digital duel.


Billy Mitchell Really Is a Douchebag: So says "fartbubble," and you can trust him, because his screenname is "fartbubble."


Billy Mitchel, Douchebag of the Century: As FUBAR, I think, said, "So he's good at video games and sells some hot sauce for chicken wings and he brings that much attitude to the table?"

Yup. It's not that getting a perfect score on Pac-Man isn't impressive, in a way. Not super-impressive, but I would have assumed it was impossible. It's... something.

It's just that... Dude, you can't talk with this much swagger over a freakin' arcade game score.

Just to recommend this again: If anyone doesn't want to watch it because they figure it's a dumb movie about video games, it's really not.

It's a movie about people.

One of whom is a douchebag. And several of whom are defective mutants and weird gamer-groupies who worship that douchebag.

Posted by: Ace at 11:15 AM | Comments (208)
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1

 

Rember JUNGLE KING?

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:17 AM (uFokq)

2

 

and ASTEROIDS?

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:17 AM (uFokq)

3

 

If it gets taken down, or you like basically like what you see, rent it.

Wait. You recommended the movie BRICK, too...

just sayin

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:19 AM (uFokq)

4 Brick was awesome.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 11:20 AM (i6ROy)

5 So I see Ace's meth caffeine has kicked in.  (I keed, I keeed)

I love this too because it takes something really not important at all and shows how completely and totally invested people become in it.

I could make some snarky comparisons to Obama and his followers but I'm above that. 

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:20 AM (8WZWv)

6

 

I'm just fuggin wit u.

But didn't you also like that awful movie about the time machine invented by those two nerds in their garage, I forget the name of it?

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:21 AM (uFokq)

7 Of course, you had to 1) appreciate noir and 2) be in the mood for neo-noir and 3) be willing to go along with a little craziness in tone and shifts between parody and seriously-intended drama, but... Great movie if you were on its wavelength.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 11:21 AM (i6ROy)

8 Billy Mitchell is PURE douchebag. Dude was such a HUGE fucking prick when I met him. Fucker sat there hitting on my then girlfriend to the point I was ready to start swinging.

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:21 AM (gAmQ1)

9 Is the big move in DK called a "donkey punch"?

Posted by: andycanuck at April 30, 2010 11:21 AM (ocax6)

10 You recommended the movie BRICK, too...

Brick is fantastic.  Though I did emotear when The Brain blew up in Die Hard 4. 

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:21 AM (8WZWv)

11 For anyone with a Netflix account , it can be watched instantly from there as well.

Posted by: AtlasMugged at April 30, 2010 11:22 AM (PbkDy)

12 Oh come one, who the hell wants to see a movie about this stupid fucking game?

Posted by: Guy Trying to Shop Screenplay for Live-Action Pac-Man Movie at April 30, 2010 11:22 AM (H9J8z)

13 Gotta check that one out later.  The storyline reminds me of the recent documentary "Pizza! The Movie," which in part tracked similar shenanigans and accusations of politically-motivated manipulation of the results of a pizza-twirling competition.  This guy was the one accusing the judges of tampering with the scores: 

Posted by: Alex at April 30, 2010 11:23 AM (LqyGJ)

14

 

...it takes something really not important at all and shows how completely and totally invested people become in it.

I see no problem with that.

Posted by: Patsey Ramsey at April 30, 2010 11:23 AM (uFokq)

15 But didn't you also like that awful movie about the time machine invented by those two nerds in their garage, I forget the name of it?

Primer. 


Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:24 AM (8WZWv)

16 Primer. 

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 04:24 PM (8WZWv)


took a few viewings but that flick was really good

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:26 AM (gAmQ1)

17

 

Primer, yes, thanks.

Awful. Terrible.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:26 AM (uFokq)

18

Get three coffins ready.

Posted by: The Man With No Name at April 30, 2010 11:29 AM (A6JXc)

19 Asteroids is still my favorite game.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 11:29 AM (XYipd)

20

 

Wasn't there a game called Galaga, or something? I think it was a ripoff of Asteroids.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:30 AM (uFokq)

Posted by: Dang Straights at April 30, 2010 11:30 AM (fx8sm)

22 I've never seen primer so I can't have recommended it. The obscure sci-fi film I recommended was Equilibrium. A few people have recommended Primer to me.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 11:30 AM (i6ROy)

23 Ace,

Speaking of epic nerdery/ nerd interests: porn stars play D&D.

http://tinyurl.com/ydj8d5g

Very wierd.




Posted by: Sam at April 30, 2010 11:31 AM (Cxsey)

24 I hated Donkey Kong. I was actually pretty good at Asteroids, but DK and that game in which you maneuvered a marble across a landscape, whose name escapes me, just kicked my ass every time.

Posted by: joncelli at April 30, 2010 11:31 AM (RD7QR)

25

Wasn't there a game called Galaga, or something? I think it was a ripoff of Asteroids.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 04:30 PM (uFokq)


you mean a rip off of Space Invaders. And them promptly ripped off for Centipede

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:31 AM (gAmQ1)

26 Oh, and it is a SFW link.

Posted by: Sam at April 30, 2010 11:31 AM (Cxsey)

27 >>> Billy Mitchell is PURE douchebag. Dude was such a HUGE fucking prick when I met him. Fucker sat there hitting on my then girlfriend to the point I was ready to start swinging. Really? Are you serious? That's interesting if it's true. I always wondered if the film cut things to make him look worse and Steve better.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 11:31 AM (i6ROy)

28

OT already

I find myself uncomfortable agreeing this much with Peggy Noonan http://tinyurl.com/2b84hpt 

Posted by: skye at April 30, 2010 11:32 AM (HwMXR)

29 I'm a wee bit into Sydney Shark at the moment.  Thanks (I think) to DPud for the link to that.

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:32 AM (8WZWv)

Posted by: Mjim at April 30, 2010 11:32 AM (mMdWG)

31 The obscure sci-fi film I recommended was Equilibrium.

That's one of the few movie that I like Bale in.  It's also a fascinating idea though the execution falters a bit.

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:34 AM (8WZWv)

32

The South Park episode involving Bono and measurement of crap being referred to as "Courics" is also a bit of an homage/parody to the King of Kong.

Also isn't it currently true that niether of these guys hold the record and someone else is the best at DK?

Posted by: buzzion at April 30, 2010 11:35 AM (oVQFe)

33 Are you people hacking my Netflix account? I've had KING OF KONG in my queue for a while and watched (or tried to watch) PRIMER last week... and PRIMER was so awful and incomprehensible I finally shut it off after 45 minutes. I love time-travel movies and still couldn't tolerate this shit. Biggest waste of time I've seen in years.

Afterwards I read a quote from the director saying something to the effect of "I figured that if the main characters were confused about what was happening, then why should the audience be any different?" Apparently they loved it at Sundance, which should have told me everything right there.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at April 30, 2010 11:35 AM (H9J8z)

34

 

oh I remember that one! Equilibrium had that scene with the puppy in the trunk? Hard-ass sees the light, goes rogue, fights the good fight, sacrifices himself.. Yeah, hasn't that, what's the word, formula?, been used a thousand times before in movies?

 

 

 

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:35 AM (uFokq)

35

 

you mean a rip off of Space Invaders.

oh right, like a colorized updated version of SI.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:36 AM (uFokq)

36 Really? Are you serious?

That's interesting if it's true. I always wondered if the film cut things to make him look worse and Steve better.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 04:31 PM (i6ROy)

yeah, he was at a arcade auction in Chicago. I had heard he was an asshole before hand but dude blew me away in how big of a smarmy asshole he really was.




talking about videogames (or computer games in this instance), the first man to beat Bejeweled 2:
http://tinyurl.com/39g68pt

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:37 AM (gAmQ1)

37 Anybody here seen "Word Wars", the Scrabble documentary?

Posted by: One-L guy at April 30, 2010 11:37 AM (rER3H)

38 Anybody here seen "Word Wars", the Scrabble documentary?

Do not mess with the Scrabble people.  They will cut a bitch. 

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 11:40 AM (8WZWv)

39

oh right, like a colorized updated version of SI.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 04:36 PM (uFokq)


there was a colored Space Invaders (Space Invaders 2) out beforehand but, it's definitely a rip of SI.


I'm a nerd, I own a purple Galaga hoodie

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:40 AM (gAmQ1)

40 Anybody here seen "Word Wars", the Scrabble documentary?

Posted by: One-L guy at April 30, 2010 04:37 PM (rER3H)


couple of good parts but I thought over all it was dull

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:41 AM (gAmQ1)

41 19 Asteroids is still my favorite game.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 04:29 PM (XYipd)


Some guy just broke the 27yr old record for Asteroids.  He had to play for 3 days without sleep.  3 days.

http://tinyurl.com/yj3mxjn

Posted by: fozzy at April 30, 2010 11:42 AM (ccEuN)

42 I never got into Donkey Kong. I was a shoot-em-upper, and I played the two hardest versions of that genre well: Defender and Missile Command. It's tough to play Missile Command today, you really are fighting a losing battle. All you can do delay the inevitable and score points on your eventual path to defeat.

BTW, the whole documentary is on youtube, watch it before New Line Cinema issues a DMCA request.

Posted by: Towelie, proud father of Washcloth at April 30, 2010 11:45 AM (AO4qz)

43

Speaking of Kong, does anyone remember "Kong" and "Mr. Jaws" by Dickie Goodman?

I think I still have the 45's up in my room.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 11:45 AM (QMtmy)

44 Currently i'm playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC; via steam.... of course

Posted by: Mjim at April 30, 2010 11:45 AM (mMdWG)

45 always ended up playing the lightgun games (Operation Wolf FTW), the beat'em ups (the D&D are still the shit) and fighters (Samurai Showdown and Street Fighter 2: Hyper Edition)

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:45 AM (gAmQ1)

46 So we should leave the site for a couple hours and check out the Kong movie?

Posted by: Dr. Spank at April 30, 2010 11:46 AM (I1/U/)

47 and PRIMER was so awful and incomprehensible I finally shut it off after 45 minutes. I love time-travel movies and still couldn't tolerate this shit. Biggest waste of time I've seen in years.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States

I'll stick up for Primer. It's a good film, and by film I mean the 'art' variety of film not a movie. You have to be used to the pretentiousness of the smaller, no-budget flicks to appreciate it.

If you hated Primer, you'll probably hate Moon as well. It's a pretty good small-scale sci-fi movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Lost (tv show).

Posted by: Reality at April 30, 2010 11:47 AM (zgd5N)

48 Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 04:21 PM (uFokq)

That would be "My Science Project" with Dennis Hopper & Richard Masur circa 1985?

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 11:47 AM (qs11W)

49 Ace, when you spend time and bandwidth on this subject, you are ignoring urgent matters and helping Obama turn us into Venezuela

Posted by: someguy blog consulting inc at April 30, 2010 11:49 AM (sYxEE)

50

 

Moon was okay, a lot better than Primer.

Primer made no sense. They just made up shit at the end to explain the holes in the middle. And the holes exsited in the middle because the a-holes didn't know how to make a movie. So they conveniently tied up loose ends with a lame explanastion at the end.

Posted by: Lippy the Lion at April 30, 2010 11:49 AM (uFokq)

51 No thread about Frogger?

Posted by: George Costanza at April 30, 2010 11:50 AM (sYxEE)

52 Are you shitting me?  Dude's good at video games and selling hot sauce, and so he brings that kind of attitude to the table?  I'm afraid I'd have to beat and plunger rape him outside the mall.  What a ridiculous douchebag.

Posted by: WTF? at April 30, 2010 11:50 AM (8/DeP)

53 I was a Contra King in my day....

Posted by: Sam at April 30, 2010 11:50 AM (Cxsey)

54 Primer sucked, Moon was pretty good.

Posted by: Dr. Spank at April 30, 2010 11:50 AM (I1/U/)

55 I never got into Donkey Kong. I was a shoot-em-upper, and I played the two hardest versions of that genre well: Defender and Missile Command. It's tough to play Missile Command today, you really are fighting a losing battle. All you can do delay the inevitable and score points on your eventual path to defeat.

Posted by: Towelie, proud father of Washcloth at April 30, 2010 04:45 PM (AO4qz)


You aint living till you play some bullet hell shmups. Shit is nirvana when you string together the memorization of a stage




Currently i'm playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC; via steam.... of course

Posted by: Mjim at April 30, 2010 04:45 PM (mMdWG)


League of Legends and replaying the Freedom Force games on the computer (plus farting around with the PC releases of the GTA games due to the sale).

Still making my way through FFXIII, even though it's the worst FF game ever. Beats FFVII hands down in that category.


Also playing Infinite Space on the DS.

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:51 AM (gAmQ1)

56 Defender was my addiction at the arcade.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at April 30, 2010 11:52 AM (tf9Ne)

57 I liked Galaga.  We used to play Galaga and eat Twix several nights a week in college.  And squirty-cheese nachos.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 11:53 AM (XYipd)

58

Any body know where you can get Dragon's Lair in a playable format for PC or maybe even  PS3??

 

Posted by: dananjcon at April 30, 2010 11:53 AM (pr+up)

59 Mine was Galaga. I tilted that fucking machine every single time.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 11:54 AM (qs11W)

60 >>8 Billy Mitchell is PURE douchebag. Dude was such a HUGE fucking prick when I met him. Fucker sat there hitting on my then girlfriend to the point I was ready to start swinging.


She told me that she had never had an organism, so I was just trying to help her out.

Posted by: Billy Mitchell, Sex Machine at April 30, 2010 11:54 AM (I1/U/)

61 Are you shitting me?  Dude's good at video games and selling hot sauce, and so he brings that kind of attitude to the table?  I'm afraid I'd have to beat and plunger rape him outside the mall.  What a ridiculous douchebag.

Posted by: WTF? at April 30, 2010 04:50 PM (8/DeP)


and the hot sauce fucking sucks ass to boot

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:54 AM (gAmQ1)

62

Some guy just broke the 27yr old record for Asteroids.  He had to play for 3 days without sleep.  3 days.

How many ships did he start out with?  A million?

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 11:54 AM (XYipd)

63 Billy Mitchell couldn't be too big of a threat if he couldn't snake a girl away from a guy named fartbubble.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 11:54 AM (1fanL)

64 >>> Dude's good at video games and selling hot sauce, and so he brings that kind of attitude to the table? Exactly... the cockiness is so out of proportion to the achievement. He's also proud he's got a smokin'-hot wife, except she's not really smokin'-hot at all. She's kind of a 6 with breast enhancement surgery bringing her all the way up to a... 6.3.

Posted by: ace at April 30, 2010 11:55 AM (i6ROy)

65

Any body know where you can get Dragon's Lair in a playable format for PC or maybe even  PS3??

Posted by: dananjcon

There's a list of ports on the Wiki page.

Posted by: Garbonzo the Garrulous at April 30, 2010 11:55 AM (zgd5N)

66 I always liked Defender.

Galagala was my favorite..... lots and lots and lots of quarters plopped into that game.

Posted by: fixerupper at April 30, 2010 11:55 AM (J5Hcw)

67

MLB comes out against az immigration law. well fuck you baseball.

i'm moving to a cabin in the mountains of montana. see you the fuck never.

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 11:55 AM (BGJM2)

68

Oh, and when is a new Portal game gonna come out WTF. Do I have to wait for another half life??

 

 

Posted by: dananjcon at April 30, 2010 11:56 AM (pr+up)

69

Any body know where you can get Dragon's Lair in a playable format for PC or maybe even  PS3??

 

Posted by: dananjcon at April 30, 2010 04:53 PM (pr+up)


shit, Dragon's Lair and Space Age is on everything. Hit up Amazon. Don Bluth FTW

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:57 AM (gAmQ1)

70 "Name written into history," Billy?

Yes, in a World Civ high-school class in 50 years some teacher will be saying, "After Hannibal's innovative strategy in the Punic Wars we now come to Billy Mitchell,"

DIAF, you fuckwad.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 11:57 AM (qs11W)

71 Moon Patrol.  Wow.  Just wow.

I bought a Pac-Man pattern book.

Did anybody play Space Ace and the medieval version of same?

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 11:57 AM (1fanL)

72

Neeeeeeeeerd alert!!!

I keed, I keed.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 11:58 AM (pLTLS)

73

Oh, and when is a new Portal game gonna come out WTF. Do I have to wait for another half life??

Posted by: dananjcon at April 30, 2010 04:56 PM (pr+up)


end of this year

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 11:58 AM (gAmQ1)

74 Hey!  Watch who you're callin' "normal"!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 30, 2010 11:58 AM (f9c2L)

75

Neeeeeeeeerd alert!!!

I keed, I keed.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 04:58 PM (pLTLS)

While we were playing video games, ya'll were dancing in front of the mirror and trying to spray your hair all the way up to here.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:00 PM (1fanL)

76 Who in the ever loving fuck is Duane "Generalissimo" Patterson?  And why am I supposed to care?

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at April 30, 2010 12:00 PM (KeAzQ)

77 Some guy just broke the 27yr old record for Asteroids.  He had to play for 3 days without sleep.  3 days.

I thought someguy was singlehandedly holding back the communist hordes

Posted by: kbdabear at April 30, 2010 12:01 PM (sYxEE)

78 I was a Centipede fan, loved blowing up every section of their damn little green bodies.  and I hate centipedes in the real world too.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:01 PM (7VvJB)

79 Did anybody play Space Ace and the medieval version of same?

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 04:57 PM (1fanL)


yep, beat all three Dragon's Lair games and Space Age. Also loved Time Traveler (the 3D Holographic game which had the bubble cabinet)

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:01 PM (gAmQ1)

80 #62 She told me that she had never had an organism, so I was just trying to help her out.

Lol.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at April 30, 2010 12:02 PM (UOM48)

81
How the hell could we NOT trust a guy that calls himself "fartbubble"?  He's already laying it all out there. 

Posted by: Dang Straights at April 30, 2010 12:02 PM (fx8sm)

82 OT:  Yesssss!

You gotta love the backwardass, racist South.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:02 PM (1fanL)

83

77  I'll admit to having a pretty epic waterfall in the front in 1988.

All evidence has been destroyed however. Because I rule all.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 12:02 PM (pLTLS)

84 I'm-a no feeling the amore onna thissa thread!

Posted by: Mario Brothers at April 30, 2010 12:02 PM (sYxEE)

85 King of Kong is one of the best movies ever made about the human condition.

Hi-larious.  The pathos drips off the screen.  You could write PhD theses about this movie and what it says about us and our psychology.

Best AoSHQ thread ever.

Posted by: AmishDude at April 30, 2010 12:03 PM (T0NGe)

86 JOUST

Posted by: davidt at April 30, 2010 12:03 PM (aag4W)

87 at least it's better than The White House Blew Up The Oil Rig thread on HA

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:05 PM (gAmQ1)

88 JOUST

Posted by: davidt at April 30, 2010 05:03 PM (aag4W)


one of the best multiplayer games of all-time. Played the shit out of that and Robotron 2084 with my cousin

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:06 PM (gAmQ1)

89 Sonic the hedgehog and his buddies, the pelicans, blew up the oil rig.  Its all right here in a document I call "the pelican brief".  It leads directly to the white house.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:07 PM (7VvJB)

90 Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:02 PM (1fanL)

So does this mean the liberals are going to boycott some business that has a Georgian or Atlanta name but is actually based elsewhere?

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 12:07 PM (qs11W)

91 Sonic the hedgehog and his buddies, the pelicans, blew up the oil rig.  Its all right here in a document I call "the pelican brief".  It leads directly to the white house.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 05:07 PM (7VvJB)


I say it's either The Old Ones or Aquaman

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:08 PM (gAmQ1)

92 I'm still big, it's the games that got small

Posted by: PONG at April 30, 2010 12:08 PM (sYxEE)

93

Who remembers "Crack Shot"?

http://tinyurl.com/2amp97l

That was PRE-video, man.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 12:08 PM (QMtmy)

94 Sonic the hedgehog and his buddies, the pelicans, blew up the oil rig.  Its all right here in a document I call "the pelican brief".  It leads directly to the white house.

*puts on aluminum deflector beanie*

Personally, the first thing that came to my mind was Russia or China.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 12:08 PM (qs11W)

95 I'll stick up for Primer. It's a good film, and by film I mean the 'art' variety of film not a movie. You have to be used to the pretentiousness of the smaller, no-budget flicks to appreciate it.

"Art" is often a pretentious cover for directorial incompetence, and that's what happened with PRIMER. The first half-hour or so consists of nothing but the zombie-like characters talking to one another in terms that one would have to be an engineer to understand (assuming the dialogue wasn't total bullshit). When they finally begin their time-traveling experiments, it's hopeless, as we're given no understanding of how this shit works or even a clue of which versions of the characters we're looking it.

I usually eat this kind of stuff up but PRIMER was an unwatchable mess. Literally, at no point did I have more than the barest idea of what was going on. I made it through more of the hippie video from last night than I did this movie.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at April 30, 2010 12:09 PM (H9J8z)

96 89 at least it's better than The White House Blew Up The Oil Rig thread on HA

Honey, I Blew Up The Rigs

Posted by: Barack Obama at April 30, 2010 12:10 PM (sYxEE)

97

at least it's better than The White House Blew Up The Oil Rig thread on HA

well gw bush did blow up the towers....

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 12:10 PM (BGJM2)

98 Personally, the first thing that came to my mind was Russia or China.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 05:08 PM (qs11W)


Or Venezuela.

Posted by: davidt at April 30, 2010 12:11 PM (aag4W)

99 Basically, you have a bunch of guys holding onto the outsized glory of their youth, which wasn't nearly as glorious as they remember and is even more pathetic for being completely out of date.

So much symbolism there.  I think the only thing that the movie did that was unrealistic is that some of the people clearly realized the irony of the whole situation but the self-awareness was cut from the film.


Posted by: AmishDude at April 30, 2010 12:11 PM (T0NGe)

100 Piss on this, I RULED the early 80s!

Posted by: PacMan at April 30, 2010 12:11 PM (sYxEE)

101 Back on topic, Big Buck Hunter ain't bad.

Posted by: davidt at April 30, 2010 12:12 PM (aag4W)

102 I liked the boogie hedgehog movie better

Posted by: robtr at April 30, 2010 12:12 PM (fwSHf)

103

at least it's better than The White House Blew Up The Oil Rig thread on HA

well gw bush did blow up the towers....

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 05:10 PM

Fire never sank steel! Google it!

Posted by: Rosie O'Donnell at April 30, 2010 12:13 PM (sYxEE)

104 For me, it doesn't get any better than the original Legend of Zelda for the NES.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 12:13 PM (qs11W)

105

Oh, and I ruled on "The Love Tester".

http://tinyurl.com/2f57lgu

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 12:13 PM (QMtmy)

106 Oh man, transcendental meditation?

Posted by: Waterhouse at April 30, 2010 12:14 PM (rOd1g)

107

89 at least it's better than The White House Blew Up The Oil Rig thread on HA

My lack of God!  How dare you impugn the greatest blog on the planet!??!?!?

Posted by: Allahpundit, Omega Male Extraordinaire at April 30, 2010 12:15 PM (VmtE9)

108 Fire never sank steel! Google it!

Posted by: Rosie O'Donnell

true that sister. AL GORE SANK THE RIG!

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 12:16 PM (BGJM2)

109 This Billy guy may be a douchebag, but he's right -  the original Donkey Kong is brutal. I'm a 90's kid, so the first time I experienced it was trying to beat Donkey Kong 64...and I never could do it, all because of that frickin game.

Posted by: Emily M. at April 30, 2010 12:16 PM (BuL+A)

110 I got banned from the Donkey Kong Forums. They'll hear from my lawyer

Posted by: Charles Comic Bookstore Johnson at April 30, 2010 12:17 PM (sYxEE)

111 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:17 PM (7VvJB)

112 I'll admit to having a pretty epic waterfall in the front in 1988.

All evidence has been destroyed however. Because I rule all.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 05:02 PM (pLTLS)

You lie.  Your momma has pictures.  I demand that you post them immediately.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:19 PM (1fanL)

113

i'd like to meet up with billy and steve in a counterstrike match. boom headshot! mullet wearing bitches.

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 12:19 PM (BGJM2)

114 I've never owned a home video game.  Does that make me........

Posted by: Soona' at April 30, 2010 12:19 PM (9abg4)

115 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 05:17 PM (7VvJB)

Used to play best-of-7s with my brother.  Have you ever played Axis and Allies? 

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:20 PM (1fanL)

116 Have not watched it yet but there is sure to be a Donkey Kong vs Obama XY analogy in here somewhere. Commencing to load...

Posted by: sTevo at April 30, 2010 12:20 PM (zIUsq)

117 When these punks beat the Kobayashi Maru, then we'll talk

Posted by: James T Kirk at April 30, 2010 12:20 PM (sYxEE)

118 Soona'.....don't ask.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at April 30, 2010 12:20 PM (UOM48)

119 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 05:17 PM (7VvJB)


Risk is for suckers. It's all about Axis & Allies.


Or newer games, Conflict Of Heroes or Memoir '44

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:20 PM (gAmQ1)

120 116 I've never owned a home video game.  Does that make me........

...a woman? Why yes!

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at April 30, 2010 12:21 PM (H9J8z)

121

counterstrike

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 05:19 PM (BGJM2)

Mmmm, Counter-Strike.  I skipped college for a month one time playing Counter-Strike.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:21 PM (1fanL)

122

#116

It makes you deprived.

Posted by: Emily M. at April 30, 2010 12:22 PM (BuL+A)

123 No, I heard Axis and Allies was pretty good, but somebody commented once that the Allies had a huge advantage in that game and so we avoided it.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:22 PM (7VvJB)

124

FUBAR i gave up sleeping on a bed for a couple years...

 

Posted by: evil libertarian at April 30, 2010 12:22 PM (BGJM2)

125 Donkey Kong was for guys too sober to play Fusball in their local bar

Posted by: kbdabear at April 30, 2010 12:22 PM (sYxEE)

126

Mmmm, Counter-Strike.  I skipped college for a month one time playing Counter-Strike.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:21 PM (1fanL)


could never get into CS. Always prefered TF

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:22 PM (gAmQ1)

127

So I found these Kate Spade slingbacks I want to order from Zappos....

(wut? just making sure this thread is gender compliant).

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 12:23 PM (pLTLS)

128

Risk is for suckers. It's all about Axis & Allies.

Or newer games, Conflict Of Heroes or Memoir '44

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 05:20 PM (gAmQ1)

Civ IV and/or Starcraft.  There are videos of Starcraft II on YouTube.  It makes me covetous.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:23 PM (1fanL)

129 Dammit.  My internet will be going down in the next hour, probably.  Damn you Comcast, damn you. 

If it does and I don't get to the ONT again tonight, I'll try from the ATL tomorrow (under the roof of the libtard in-laws).

Posted by: Jane D'oh at April 30, 2010 12:24 PM (UOM48)

130 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.
Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 05:17 PM

All you've got is the Ukraine, you're finished. The Ukraine is weak!

Posted by: Cosmo Kramer at April 30, 2010 12:24 PM (sYxEE)

131

could never get into CS. Always prefered TF

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 05:22 PM (gAmQ1)

TF is good.  CS is da shizzle.  My nizzle.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:25 PM (1fanL)

132 I'll try from the ATL tomorrow (under the roof of the libtard in-laws).

Posted by: Jane D'oh at April 30, 2010 05:24 PM (UOM4

Make sure to turn the in-laws on to AoSHQ.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:25 PM (1fanL)

133 113 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.

Australia's the key to the game, dude.

Posted by: Hugo `Hurley' Reyes at April 30, 2010 12:26 PM (T0NGe)

134

Civ IV and/or Starcraft.  There are videos of Starcraft II on YouTube.  It makes me covetous.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:23 PM (1fanL)


been playing the SC2 beta. It's okay but too many elite players (and playing at night is a waste as there are too many Koreans).

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:26 PM (gAmQ1)

135

The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- played D&D.

C'mon, just 'fess up. It's allright.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 12:26 PM (QMtmy)

136 FUBAR, we're taking the kid to the airport for his flight to his duty station.  I'll be drinking heavily around the libs.  Obama-worshiping, lib jackasses. 

Posted by: Jane D'oh at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (UOM48)

137 None of these video games ever beat playing Risk in college.  We had some knockdown drag outs over that game.

Australia's the key to the game, dude.

Posted by: Hugo `Hurley' Reyes at April 30, 2010 05:26 PM


No, it's The Ukraine!

Posted by: Newman at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (sYxEE)

138 Australia's the key to the game, dude.

Posted by: Hugo `Hurley' Reyes at April 30, 2010 05:26 PM (T0NGe)


always liked monopolizing Afrika. It's hard but makes it funner game

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (gAmQ1)

139

I watched this on TV a while back; don't know why.

Ace is right that it seemed more "reality TV" than documentary.  Still, the nerdity, hero-worship, politics and general douchebaggery was amazing.

The Billy Mitchell douche could do no wrong in the eyes of the nerds under his thumb, while the guy that legitimately broke the record couldn't be trusted due to aligning himself with someone the group didn't approve of.

This group tried to pass itself as an unbiased sanctioning body that judged who had the highest scores, yet the bias towards Mitchell it was beyond obvious.

At one point Mitchell submitted an obviously doctored video, and they accepted that (and his word) as proof of a higher score.  Yet the undoctored video from the guy that did they refused to accept seemingly no matter what he did.  When the dude that broke the record challenged Mitchell to play against him live, Mitchell refused after saying he would.

The self-importance and weaselly behavior of the Mitchell douche on the show make him look completely unlikeable.  It was hard decide whether he was that big a douche or was just portrayed that way for the show.

In the end, there were no winners though- the time and effort they spent over freaking Donkey Kong made everyone a loser.

 

Posted by: Hollowpoint at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (plsiE)

140 The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- played D&D.

I'll cop to that.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (H9J8z)

141 We all thought that Australia was so important we wouldn't leave it up to a draw, so we had to have drinking and oddball feats of strength games to get Australia.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:27 PM (7VvJB)

142 My videogaming best friend and I watched it and just howled laughing through the whole movie. We both remembered the first time we saw a Donkey Kong machine, and it really was the hardest machine in the whole arcade.

You're absolutely right about the thesis possibilities in the movie.  There's something universal in the way in which intrigue and competition increase as the stakes for a given competition decrease.  It's seen any time a small group of purists (e.g., your average college faculty) start whipping out and measuring -- things that are incomprehensible differentiations to the rest of the world are suddenly vitally important to the clerics of the inner circle.  Being an old videogamer I understood their language and assumptions, but I'm not sure anyone who missed the coin-op era would even care about the details.  The drama is enough to recommend it.

I liked the scene about halfway through where the record-holders for the various "minor" games (Centipede, Marble Madness, Frogger, etc.) were introduced.  Kind of like the star volleyball players and cross-country runners talking about the politics of the football team, they knew their station and it was below the DK players.  I was also reminded somewhat of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 in that one guy "was" Q*bert, another was Tapper, etc.  Not quite the same as being the repository of Shakespeare, but parallel enough to be a good laugh.

Great recommendation.

Posted by: Darren at April 30, 2010 12:28 PM (2BOOR)

143

been playing the SC2 beta. It's okay but too many elite players (and playing at night is a waste as there are too many Koreans).

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 05:26 PM (gAmQ1)

Is it still available?  I followed some links around the other night but never got my hands on it.

And yeah, elite players.  Korea has a pro league.  And the videos are posted by a guy who announces 'em.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:28 PM (1fanL)

144 I got all you bitches topped. I worked @ Chuck E Cheese 86-90 as a game room attendant.

Best. Job. Ever.

Posted by: Navin R Johnson at April 30, 2010 12:28 PM (HpT9p)

145 138

The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- played D&D.

C'mon, just 'fess up. It's allright.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 05:26 PM

Not all of us. The rest of us played Stratego

Posted by: kbdabear at April 30, 2010 12:28 PM (sYxEE)

146

In the end, there were no winners though- the time and effort they spent over freaking Donkey Kong made everyone a loser.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at April 30, 2010 05:27 PM (plsiE)


it doesn't matter though, another guy beat Billy's high score earlier this year

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:28 PM (gAmQ1)

147

The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- played D&D.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 05:26 PM (QMtmy)

Wait.  We're supposed to be keeping that secret?

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:29 PM (1fanL)

148 Not all of us. The rest of us played Stratego

Posted by: kbdabear at April 30, 2010 05:28 PM (sYxEE)

Poor Dumb man's chess. 

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:29 PM (1fanL)

149

Is it still available?  I followed some links around the other night but never got my hands on it.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:28 PM (1fanL)


they're still giving invites out on rare occasions. It's actually easier to get into the Mac release right now as they just launched that

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:30 PM (gAmQ1)

150 I used to play Candyland, but I thought it was unfair that someone had to win.  I prefer games where no one keeps score and everyone gets a participation trophy.

Posted by: Allahpundit, Omega Male Extraordinaire at April 30, 2010 12:30 PM (VmtE9)

151 Nope, never played D & D, always seemed a little to ghey.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:30 PM (7VvJB)

152

The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- weren't getting laid played D&D.

(I can't help myself!)

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 12:30 PM (pLTLS)

153

they're still giving invites out on rare occasions. It's actually easier to get into the Mac release right now as they just launched that

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 05:30 PM (gAmQ1)

I thought anybody could get the no-Battlenet-access one.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:31 PM (1fanL)

154 Ya know what would be a good game.  AZ vs. Mexico - The Invasion.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at April 30, 2010 12:32 PM (7VvJB)

155

I thought anybody could get the no-Battlenet-access one.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:31 PM (1fanL)


nope, they were pretty strict on who got invites or not. Mostly to people who own all of their other games and have logged in A LOT of time on their old servers. If It wasn't for Diablo 2, I probably wouldn't have gotten in

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:32 PM (gAmQ1)

156

The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- weren't getting laid played D&D.

(I can't help myself!)

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 05:30 PM (pLTLS)

Jealous much?  Actually, when I was playing D&D, I didn't have the equipment to get laid.  Or the equipment wasn't fully functional.  Whatever.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:33 PM (1fanL)

157 The big open secret is that all of you -- ALL of you -- weren't getting laid played D&D.

Still not seeing what the "secret" part is...

Posted by: The War Between Unbelievable High School Losers at April 30, 2010 12:33 PM (H9J8z)

158

Australia's the key to the game, dude.

 

Greenland was always good for me.  (I did play a lot of Risk)

Posted by: Soona' at April 30, 2010 12:34 PM (9abg4)

159 If It wasn't for Diablo 2, I probably wouldn't have gotten in

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 05:32 PM (gAmQ1)

Thanks for reminding me that I can't find my Diablo 2 disks.  Jerk.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 12:34 PM (1fanL)

160 I hereby declare the game of Monopoly illegal, as it teaches people to earn too much money. The game encourages them to take advantage of the poor on rents, allows private ownership of utilities and railroads which can only be effeciently run by the government. It sends people to jail who through no fault of their own landed on an unfortunate spot.

I will withdraw the ban should Parker Brothers configure the game so every space is Free Parking

Posted by: Barack Obama at April 30, 2010 12:36 PM (sYxEE)

161

Thanks for reminding me that I can't find my Diablo 2 disks.  Jerk.

Posted by: FUBAR at April 30, 2010 05:34 PM (1fanL)


can always wait for a sale on the Battlechest. Or if you still have the cd keys, just enter them into battle.net and download it

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:36 PM (gAmQ1)

162

Jealous much? 

Of not getting to 2nd base with a D&D gamer? Why of course!

*sobs*

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 12:39 PM (pLTLS)

163 I never played D&D, I played fix the 69 Roadrunner in the back yard

Posted by: kbdabear at April 30, 2010 12:39 PM (sYxEE)

164 What is Dungeons & Dragons?

Posted by: Guy Who Got Laid a Lot at April 30, 2010 12:40 PM (sYxEE)

165 Why don't you children put the goddamn video games down and go outside and play.

Posted by: 50's Mom at April 30, 2010 12:40 PM (9abg4)

166 Yeah, well they called me The King of Dong - a Fistful of Rubbers.

Posted by: I swear I didn't play D & D at April 30, 2010 12:43 PM (T1boi)

167

Does Risk have a pop-o-matic?

Well, it needs one.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at April 30, 2010 12:44 PM (QMtmy)

168

Guy Who Got Laid a Lot at

Hey, got any tips for us?

Posted by: AoSHQ Sexually Challenged Gaming Morons at April 30, 2010 12:44 PM (pLTLS)

169

Guy Who Got Laid a Lot at

Hey, got any tips for us?

Posted by: AoSHQ Sexually Challenged Gaming Morons at April 30, 2010 05:44 PM

Begin by offering to buy shoes for ONT Moronettes

Posted by: ONT association at April 30, 2010 12:48 PM (sYxEE)

170 > So says "fartbubble," and you can trust him,
> because his screenname is "fartbubble."

Hey, I trusted before on the basis of far whimsier evidence.

Posted by: Gerbil Malodor at April 30, 2010 12:49 PM (dP6Ky)

171 Begin by offering to buy shoes for ONT Moronettes

Posted by: ONT association at April 30, 2010 05:48 PM (sYxEE)


will they stomp on my nuts if I ask nicely?

Posted by: fartbubble at April 30, 2010 12:53 PM (gAmQ1)

172 Does Risk have a pop-o-matic? Well, it needs one.

One with a plastic octopus inside, with one arm longer than the rest, to direct the player's next invasion, representing the Jews starting all the world's wars.

PATENT PENDING

Posted by: oblig. at April 30, 2010 12:54 PM (x7Ao8)

173

129 So I found these Kate Spade slingbacks I want to order from Zappos....

Oooooh, linky!!!

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at April 30, 2010 12:59 PM (cniXs)

174

174 will they stomp on my nuts if I ask nicely?

You don't have to ask nicely for that.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at April 30, 2010 01:04 PM (cniXs)

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 30, 2010 01:06 PM (pLTLS)

176 Used to play best-of-7s with my brother.  Have you ever played Axis and Allies?

It's possible that I've made more than one college guy cry while playing Axis and Allies.  Possibly. 

Posted by: alexthechick at April 30, 2010 01:10 PM (6Cojl)

177 Wow. So this movie is like "My Dinner with Andre" for gamers?
(Actually, this is more like "My Breakfast with Blassie")

Posted by: MrCaniac at April 30, 2010 01:11 PM (Vol3D)

178 Great recommendation. The premise is goofy, but it's a thouroughly enjoyable movie. Steve Weibe(sp?) is this sort of goofy-but-you-can't-help-liking-him everyman, who gets laid off from Boeing and decides to try and beat the Donkey Kong Jr record as a sort of lark. His obsession with the game is (barely) tolerated by his family...and I don't think hollywood could invent a bigger douchebag then Billy Mitchell. His cadre of worshipping nerds are hilarious.

Posted by: billybudd at April 30, 2010 01:11 PM (ggfL/)

179 I saw this movie when it was in the theaters and at a showing that was attended by the director himself.  He insisted that everything he shot was real, but I'm sure there had to be some editing .  That said, it was fun movie for even folks who could care less about video games...my parents thought it was hysterical!

And if you still enjoy and/or miss these old classic arcade games and grew up when there was an arcade in almost every town across the country, check out this link:

http://www.caextreme.org

If you can make it for the show dates, imagine a huge hall filled with 400+ original coin-op games, mostly from the heyday of the video arcade era (and pinballs, too), all set on free play (after an admission fee) for you to play again for a weekend (or until your eyes fall out ) .  Space Invaders, Asteroids, Tempest, Donkey Kong, Defender, Robotron, Joust, Centipede, Galaga, Star Wars, PacMan, Dig Dug, Pole Position...and many, many more you may or may not remember...but will probably have fun rediscovering.

Come on down in July and see the show...I've been going to this show for years, and it is a BLAST if you enjoy this sort of stuff...

Check out the pictures on the website above to get an idea of what it's about...

Cheers!

Posted by: Jon at April 30, 2010 01:32 PM (xMExP)

180 So we can conclude that this Billy Mullet is sort of illegitimate, his sycophants a team of spies and colluders in  their own club of exclusivity invested in defending their false king?

Fascinating "documentary." Forget the nerdiness of it all. Most everything people obsessed with something do looks nerdy or stupid to those outside the clique. No, the interaction between the Billy Mullet Club members was simply a) captivating and b) nauseating. To invest so much to create an illusion of something so freakin' trivial is really a psychological case study.

Thankfully it was seen that Billy didn't measure up and at least one member (the "referee") did apologize though I'm guessing he did it because his actions would be seen by outsiders as ultimately corrupt and damaging to his gaming empire such as it was. IOW self-preservation forced a patina of moral ethics which really hid an underlying defense strategy.

I don't know why but for some reason this reminds me of government. I'm probably just being racist though.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at April 30, 2010 01:35 PM (swuwV)

181 I would love to observe Billy Mitchells life after, say 30 days with no power grid.

I'm betting on a MAJOR Ego Meltdown...


Posted by: TXMarko at April 30, 2010 01:41 PM (OBe19)

182

Ace, I'm watching the movie.  With Billy Mitchell's look, I kept thinking it was really old footage, like from the 80's or something.  Nope.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 01:44 PM (XYipd)

183

I didn't know Ben Stiller's character in Dodgeball was based on a real person.

Posted by: Cincinnatus at April 30, 2010 01:45 PM (euuyg)

184

That video game guy has the arrogant swagger of a figher jet pilot.  I like that in a video game guy.

Posted by: Tom Skerritt at April 30, 2010 01:51 PM (XYipd)

185

178 Nice!  You're brave to wear that color though.  Scuffs easily.  Make sure you have stompy boots in the car when you go out, in case a hobo hunt breaks out.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at April 30, 2010 01:54 PM (cniXs)

Posted by: mesablue at April 30, 2010 01:59 PM (jc7YC)

187 "Douchebag" does not even begin to describe the level of major league prick that goes by the name Billy Mitchell. Good film, though where it is obvious from the beginning who the winner is.

Posted by: Conservative Phantom at April 30, 2010 02:33 PM (RNRhC)

188 video tape = teleprompter

Posted by: sTevo at April 30, 2010 02:35 PM (zIUsq)

189 I remember when this first came out, about every other post on any given VG forum was "THERE'S A DONKEY KONG KILL SCREEN COMING UP!" Drove me fragging nuts.

Posted by: ScottBern at April 30, 2010 02:50 PM (JF/H+)

190 That and the moon landing doc were the first movies I ever reviewed on my blog. Crazy enough, this is the better documentary, though the moon landing one was pretty, too.

Posted by: moviegique at April 30, 2010 03:02 PM (1y5Vr)

191 I'm almost done watching it.  If you put a wig and a beard on Marc Singer, you'd have Billy Mitchell.  He sounds like him and kinda looks like him.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 03:41 PM (XYipd)

192 I own the DVD of this.  Amazing stuff.

When I showed it to my brother-in-law, who is in the finance business for a grocery store chain, he started laughing very, very hard when he saw Billy messing around with the bottles of hot sauce in the store.  I asked him what was up and he said that he was putting his sauce waaaaaaaay in front of the vendors who had paid for better positioning.  Great, subtle stuff.

Posted by: Filly at April 30, 2010 04:15 PM (dSJW9)

193 That was a good movie.  Steve Wiebe seems like just the nicest guy imaginable.  He sets the bar on that as well as the video game.  Most people would put up with bullshit like that for about 30 seconds--me, six seconds.  So there's something to work on.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 30, 2010 04:19 PM (XYipd)

194 This post was well written by what at first appears to be an outsider looking in until you hit the "a +5 Mullet of Douchebaggery" and gave it away... Geektacular...

Posted by: TheGarbone at April 30, 2010 04:33 PM (NKDai)

195 171

Guy Who Got Laid a Lot at

Hey, got any tips for us?


Yeah just lie on the internet and say you got laid a lot. The real reason he never played video games is because he was to busy spankin-it to scrambled porn.

Posted by: Lemmiwinks at April 30, 2010 04:54 PM (IqfKc)

196 The key to any battle has always been Elm Street. The Greeks knew it. The Carthaginians knew it. Now you know it.

Posted by: Clever Moniker at April 30, 2010 05:46 PM (qs11W)

197 Just finished watching on YouTube. Very good. Mitchell's a complete dick. Rygar. Remember Rygar? That game fucking sucked.

Posted by: One-L guy at April 30, 2010 07:01 PM (mHQoR)

198 Did anyone else play the pen and paper D&D games? I just downloaded all the old manuals and such off piratebay!

Posted by: The Drizzle at April 30, 2010 07:33 PM (AaGVW)

199   60

Any body know where you can get Dragon's Lair in a playable format for PC or maybe even  PS3??

 

Posted by: dananjcon at April 30, 2010 04:53 PM (pr+up)

Thers an emulator called MAME fir comps. That will play almost EVERY stand-up arcade game ever made. I have an original xbox, modded, that has over 3500 of the old arcade games, EVERY console game(except ps2 or dreamcast), and the old space ace, dragons lair, etc. Google mame for computers

 

Posted by: The Drizzle at April 30, 2010 07:36 PM (AaGVW)

200 I don't know why but for some reason this reminds me of government. I'm probably just being racist though.

Yeah, racist for sure.

Posted by: IPCC, Academia, & Wise Latinas at April 30, 2010 07:41 PM (BiCQw)

201 IP = 116.21.19.24

Posted by: spammer at May 01, 2010 01:19 AM (6eKl7)

202 Hmmmm.

Whatever human activity that inspires the reality is that if it doesn't get you laid by some quality nookie then it's bullshit.

You might be the greatest musical spoons player in the history of mankind but that doesn't compare to some asshole on a surfboard in a half-pipe.

Posted by: memomachine at May 01, 2010 02:25 AM (MwCol)

203 I am reminded to watch it again. I really loved this movie. It's definitely more about people then video game, though the unspoken smallness of video games is much the point. Great movie.

Posted by: Tommy V at May 01, 2010 04:48 AM (gkc1e)

204 As of 10:00 a.m. on May 1, 2010, this is the best thread on this website.  We're very pleased with Ace for continuing to give us their full support.

Posted by: Kudos from anonymous member of Obama Administration at May 01, 2010 05:03 AM (ITzbJ)

205 This is off topic, but I was wondering if you guys have heard anything at all about the European Union Times Online report that North Korea is responsible for the Gulf oil rig explosion.  I posted about the article over at RSW,

Posted by: Elphaba at May 01, 2010 05:16 AM (DEpuA)

206 It was a great documentary.  I was struck by Billy's lack of shoulders.  The scene were Billy's sycophants were in the pizza pub and were keeping him abreast of the interlopers brazen entry was hilarious.

Posted by: laura.u at May 01, 2010 07:09 AM (KAE5l)

207 Jackie Mackey Hacky-Sacky, call your office. Billy Mitchell, who has had the longest penis since 1982, is ready to spawn.

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