A long time ago, in a…. wait, wrong movie…Another video game documentary has surfaced, but what is nice is that it’s not about competition or egos. And I do want to point out that egos are NOT a bad thing during competition. All the people that I have been exposed to within the docu- mentaries are really great people. But this one is just about life.
The King of Arcades tells the story of Richard Knuckelz and how his love for video games started with “Space Invaders” and “Super Monaco” at a local bowling alley and has never stopped. Now, the movie is NOT about his world record for Space Invaders which is extremely impressive, but how he got through the rise and fall of the arcade industry. This was his story.
After a brief history of video games with Ralph Baer, the father of video games and Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari, and even a little history of
Buckner and Garcia, who recorded an album that was only about video games called “Pac-Man Fever”, we follow the story of Knuckelz and how he started his arcade in the corner of a strip mall. We then learn about how he started the Kong Off tournaments he created and when the nation found out about it with television and magazine exposure. This brought people from all over to see the great arcade. He was taking his time to setup 20 Donkey Kong machines for the Kong Off 1 in New Jersey. And all of the machines were flawless.
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