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Friday, August 24, 2007


A Fistful of Quarters

I noticed a review in today's paper for a new doccumentary called "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." It concerns the efforts of a man to beat the record at the perenial arcade game, Donkey Kong and the forces that conspire to oppose him. I've not had the opportunity to see it yet, but I hope to soon. I remember the first time I spied the brand new Donkey Kong at a local arcade and the game's had a spot in my personal hall of fame ever since. Actually, there's a lot of games in that hall of fame, many from the arcades - too many in fact. Which is why I decided to put together a cabinet designed to play an assortment of arcade games (see Gamecreature Arcade) It saves on money and space.

Back in the day, there were numerous guides designed to make one the champion of these games. I once owned an excellent book on the subject, but have since lost it. In my efforts to find it again, I picked up a couple of other such books, including "How to Win at Donkey Kong" pictured on the right, which I picked up for one whole dollar. These books now reside in the bottom of my arcade machine, where the coin box would sit (if I had one, which I don't - if someone has a Williams-type coin box to spare, let me know how much you want for it). Sadly, there don't seem to be a lot of used book stores where I now live, so my search for these books has been hampered. If you folks happen to run across "Score! Beating the Top 16 Video Games" by Ken Uston or any other books on beating classic arcade games (not console games, mind you) let me know what you want from me to take them off your hands. I've got that Pac Man Fever!

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>.> Didn't that come out on the Atari? Did I just date myself?

Umm... so still no pants?

Donkey Kong is definitely Nintnendo all the way and (unless I miss my guess, one of the first of their games that made it to the US - certainly the first one to make it big.

And with the humidity we've been having around here lately, no pants is the preferred way to go!
Ugh the humidity, that does make me wish I could get away with working from home and turning nudiest.

Donkey Kong was licensed for both Atari and ColecoVision prior to Nintendo's release of the Famicon. All three versions are slightly different from the arcade version.
HELLO, please sell me the How to Win at Donkey Kong book, i need it so bad. Thanks, if you really want to ask for my email.
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