Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Steve Wiebe: LFM Quarters

While I was busy being overwhelmed with new video games, there have also been recent developments in the King of Kong arena this week.

Steve Wiebe, the protagonist in The King of Kong, is making an appearance as a guest of honor at Twiistup 4, a classic video game competition this July 17 at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, California sponsored by GirlGamer.

hmm, as a girl gamer myself, I'm not sure I support dividing the demographic like that, but guys, I bet it's a great place to pick up chicks! Just kidding, I will support my fellow girl gamers, if for no other reason than recognition of the fact that it USED to be tough being one. However, as former president and founder of the Magic: the Gathering club at Boston University and all-around gaming nerd, I can attest that the environment has changed a lot in 10 years. Girl power!

Anyway, thoughts on the Wiebe appearance (and by that I don't mean how he's Nathan Fillion's twin brother). I wouldn't expect a record-breaking score out of this, as he will doubtless be hounded and distracted by a plethora of groupies. If I were in the area, you can bet I'd be there, too, schooling with the groupies! This will do wild things to the Twiistup attendance, though (ya think? They're sold out already - you'll have to join the waitlist). An interesting thing I've noticed is that news sites and blogs are STILL posting new reviews and mentions of this movie, so people are still discovering it, about 7 months after it's DVD release. That's some pretty good legs.

So if you are one of those people, let me reiterate: don't miss the DVD extras, and do take the plot with a grain of salt. Though it is a fantastically enjoyable film, you will find, if you dig into it, that it is, like all film, edited in a certain manner, to tell a certain story. Some scenes which I found booooo/hisss-worthy on first viewing were really not quite the way things happened, so don't go grabbing torches and pitchforks, just enjoy the story. That being said, good luck, Steve!

And if you're new to this scene, you may be interested to know that New Line's planning a comedy remake of the film. And by that, I do not mean this:

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