Last night, Mal made me watch this documentary:
I was not pleased because I was in the middle of watching a documentary about the Amish, but Mal “promised” that I would like it. (FYI: The documentaries on Netflix Instant are pretty awesome. I’m a little obsessed.) Video games aren’t usually my thing, so, of course, I was skeptical. Plus, how exciting could watching people play video games really be? But, Mal was really excited about The King of Kong, so I just let him have his way.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary that follows Steve Wiebe as he tries to beat the high score for Donkey Kong and take the title from reigning champion Billy Mitchell. Yes, the film is as dorky as it sounds, but it was surprisingly entertaining”” mostly because the characters are the biggest nerds ever. I couldn’t help but laugh! Seriously, some of the cast members are so bizarre, it’s hard to believe that they weren’t created by a screenwriter.
But, regardless of how I feel about video games, The King of Kong was a touching story about a man struggling to live up to his potential after a lifetime of disappointments. Midway through the film, I found myself routing for Steve Wiebe to succeed and wanting to punch Billy Mitchell in the facehole. The film does a really good job of acknowledging the ridiculousness of their Donkey Kong endeavor, but, at the same time, it respects the determination and discipline of the players trying to achieve their gaming goals. I highly recommend it!
I loved this morning’s breakfast! I’m all about using up the leftovers in my refrigerator, so I combined Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with cooked barley, Almond Breeze, walnuts, chia seeds, and ground flaxseed meal. The end result was a lot like oatmeal, but with a lot more texture.
I also drank an iced coffee with breakfast.
Question of the Day
Do you like video games? Do you or your significant other play them?
I love puzzle-type games, and I used to play them all of the time. I played Dr. Mario almost every single day after school all through junior high and high school.
Mal plays a lot of video games. Right now, he’s obsessed with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Before that game, he spent his time killing zombies. I don’t understand his video game hobby, but it makes him happy, so I’m happy when he geeks-out (for hours and hours at a time). But, when he talks about things like ”˜ballistic knives,’ I don’t let the opportunity pass to make fun of him! 😉