“King of Kong” meets “Word Wars”

King of KongToday I spent part of Cesar Chavez Day watching “The King of Kong,” a documentary about Donkey Kong players, available on Netflix’s Instant Viewing service — not exactly in keeping with the spirit of the day, one might say. 🙂
“The King of Kong” was recommended on the VeryShortList awhile ago… The movie reminded me of Word Wars, a similar documentary focused on competitive Scrabble players. Word Wars
Apart from the rivalries and intensely focused rather nerdy subcultures, both movies show people who are interested in pursuing excellence for its own sake, since the meager or nonexistent material rewards are evidently not the point, though peer recognition probably also plays a big role.

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