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5/6/2018


The King of Kong…or…um…

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:06 pm

Weeks ago, final Bob Edwards Show Executive Producer Chad Campbell alerted me to a news article directly focused on an interview the show broadcast over eleven years ago. Before we get to that news article, let’s revisit the interview itself.

Director Seth Gordon appeared on the program August 24th, 2007 talking with Bob about his documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which detailed the drop-dead serious sport of trying to get the high score in the ancient arcade game Donkey Kong. I know, I know, we all had our initials on that game at one point or another, but these guys are serious about achieving high scores we casual players couldn’t even imagine.

But the documentary tells the story of two guys vying to be the best in this strange competition. From the introduction:

Then we’ll hear from documentary filmmaker Seth Gordon, whose latest work explores the world of competitive video game playing. And that world is often not a pretty place, especially when a challenger threatens the reputation of the longtime legendary champion of Donkey Kong. Intrigue ensues, also deceit, conspiracy and dirty tricks. There are heroes, villains and sycophants. Seth Gordon’s film is titled King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Please listen to the program first…then go to Variety to learn the recent outcome!

(And if you want to watch the documentary, it can be rented on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, or Microsoft for only a few dollars.)

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, August 24th, 2007: Download

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