Posted on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
The documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters from 2007 is one of the most entertaining documentaries I’ve ever seen. The film from director Seth Gordon (who has gone on to direct films like Horrible Bosses) followed two grown men competing for a new world record for the highest score on the Donkey Kong arcade game. Now another arcade rivalry will come to life in a new documentary called Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler.
As the Man vs Snake trailer below illustrates, the film sets the stage by introducing us to Tim McVey, the man who set a world record in 1984 by becoming the first person to score over a billion points on a single video game. That game was Nibbler, which may be better known as “Snake” to today’s crowd. But now one man has stepped up to challenge Tim’s score, and he just might have the goods to back it up.
Here’s the Man vs Snake trailer from FilmBuff:
Even though the premise and rivalry seems to be the same, the documentary is spice up by some stylish and cool animation for the dramatizations of events from the past. Plus, it seems like the competition between the two gamers is a little more heated. However, what might hold this one back a bit is that the man painted as the protagonist doesn’t seem to be quite as endearing as King of Kong’s Steve Wiebe, if only because he fits the cliche image of how you would expect a guy with this kind of obsession to look like and behave. But that could also prove to be just as entertaining.
For anyone who saw King of Kong, it appears there might be a few familiar faces who pop up since the arcade organization Twin Galaxies is again involved with the competition proceedings. Will their involvement yield anymore controversy as it did in King of Kong? We’ll have to watch to find out.
The documentary hails from co-directors Tim Kinzy & Andrew Seklir, editors on Battlestar Galactica and Caprica, and they just might have a future as documentary filmmakers, assuming that they want to make more movies.
If you ever played the game “Snake” on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you’re familiar with “Nibbler,” the original “snake” game.
Man vs Snake tells the story of Tim McVey who, in 1984, on a single quarter (and over 44 hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game. 25 years later, rumors of a higher score surface online, attributed to Italian kickboxing champion Enrico Zanetti. This calls into question everything Tim McVey has believed for decades and forces him to make a decision: either set a new world record, or risk losing his legacy forever.
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