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“The King of Kong” is one of those outlandish documentaries that you  find yourself wondering, why it hasn’t become a Will Ferrell movie  already. In the nitty gritty underground world of classic arcade  games, there are two foes: Billy Mitchell, the record holder for  highest score set for Donkey Kong in 1982 and current  Hot Sauce  manufacturer, and Steve Wiebe, the unemployed proud father and  husband who finds consolation trying to beat the Billy’s record in  his garage. The scores of the two are moderated by Walter Day, a man  that bares a striking resemblance to Old Blue from “Old School” and  wears a striped referee shirt to boot. As the documentary digs  deeper into their world, you can’t help but shake your head at the  absurdity of this subculture. But the truth is, “King of Kong” is an  honest underdog story. Like any other good film that revolves around  a juicy competition, there is backstabbing, cheating, conspiracy and  even grown men crying. It’s all absolutely ridiculous and worth every quarter.