Happy Tim McVey Day!

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Hey Arcaders!

Wanted to call out and important day in history-

On this day, 33 years ago, a young man stepped into the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, and put himself in arcade history as the first person to get ONE BILLION POINTS on a video game! We will be doing a review of the movie of his accomplishment- Man Vs Snake soon- but today I wanted to give a shout out to Tim, congratulating him on his day!

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In the man’s own words-

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

or in this case, 1984!

Raygunn

Steve Wiebe KONGS AGAIN!

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Hey Arcaders!

This just in from the Twin Galaxies FaceBook page-

TWIN GALAXIES LIVE TO BROADCAST DONKEY KONG WORLD RECORD EXHIBITION ATTEMPT BY “KING OF KONG” STAR STEVE WIEBE AT THE MALL OF AMERICA

Steve Wiebe—whose “Donkey Kong” world record attempt was the subject of the documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters—will be conducting a special exhibition and may shatter a world record at a special event at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN on Saturday, July 11th. The historic video gaming event will be broadcasted exclusively on the Twin Galaxies Live Network starting at 2 PM CT/12 PM PST.
MUST WATCH!!!

Steve Wiebe is a two-*‐time world champion of “Donkey Kong” and was the first person to achieve over a million points in a public game. Following the release of King of Kong, he became internationally known for his perseverance and inspirational pursuit of excellence depicted in the film.

Twin Galaxies Live, the media broadcast arm of Twin Galaxies—the historic video game record and scorekeeping authority—has the distinction of being the exclusive broadcaster of the event. Representing the organization there on the day of the video gaming feat will be Jace Hall, Head Custodian of Twin Galaxies.

WHERE:
The event will be streamed live on www.TGLive.com, the gaming culture network and official broadcast channel for the Twin Galaxies organization.

WHEN:
An exclusive live broadcast of Steve Wiebe’s latest world record attempt at classic “Donkey Kong”.
Saturday, July 11th starting at 2 PM CT/12 PM PDT.

For those of you who are not “in the know”-

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a 2007 American documentary film. Highlighting the popular 1980s arcade game Donkey Kong, it follows Steve Wiebe in his attempts to take the world high score for the arcade game from Billy Mitchell, who the film presents as reigning champion.

(excerpt from Wikipedia)

We will keep up on this story as it develops!

And Steve- KICK DONKEY KONG’S BUTT AGAIN!!!!!

…and now, the obligatory Donkey Kong kill screen.

…Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981.

A visit to The King of Kong Arcade (part 1)

Hey Gang!

Remember those Billy Mitchell trading cards I talked about a few weeks ago? (if not, just go back to my 3rd blog entry!)

Well, I had mentioned after doing some digging, they were selling these cards exclusively at the Orlando International Airport- WHY? Ill tell you why…  Billy’s opened an arcade! At the airport! And it’s not bad! No really- let me just show ya.

Here we are at OIA- They said it would be on the A side....

...Oh- Here's a sign!

At last I found it- (I wasn't really that hard) and all the front signage is awesome- it has a pull away pseudo 3d effect!

The storefront is amazing. It makes you feel like your walking into the movie- both Billy and Steve are prominently displayed.... oh the eternal confrontation- I wish we had seen that battle in the movie!

...And inside is great as well! Full sized murals of all 4 levels are displayed on the walls.

the place has NICE hardwood flooring, and FLAMING BARRELS! You heard me- FLAMING BARRELS! You know you are looking at this place and saying" I wish this was in my house!"

And the centerpiece to The KOK Arcade has to be the change counter. The curtain looks like a separate wall to walk behind- cool!

And of course, what arcade would be complete without hot sauce? you can also purchase t shirts, and the aforementioned trading cards.

All in all a great looking gameroom. While I was there (about 10 minutes),  30 people came in and played- which is good- the airport’s got a constant flow of customers just waiting with money to spend . And they had some good titles- BUT NO DONKEY KONG! not even 1 classic game in the lineup- that was disappointing. But it just opened… may be they will be bringing in DK and others in the future- I hope. Well stay tuned gang- because I will be going back and getting some answers on this little, funny, out of the way arcade soon!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn