I recently saw that documentary about Donkey Kong — called King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It was about two men and their quest to become the best at Donkey Kong (or at least get the highest score on record). The movie was ok, but after seeing it I thought to myself, “How hard could it be to score a cool mil’ on the good ol’ Donkey Kong?”.
It was on like Donkey Kong.
I searched the web and found a great emulator at 1980’s Games that housed the Kong’er. The site has tons of arcade classics besides Donkey Kong, so check it out!
The site let’s you ‘insert quarters’ and select a one-player game — which I did.
I began my quest to be the best. I made little Mario juke and dodge and jive and wail. I got further than I ever did as a kid — level two, the screen with elevators and springs. I was hot, I was ready, I was well on my way to a cool mil’.
Then I quit.
Why? It took me days of playing to get to the fourth screen. The fourth screen! That was only 16,000 points! Who the heck wants to sit around and play this thing ’til a million points?!? Not me. I have a new-found respect and admiration for those guys who hit those scores on arcade classics like this.
But it was nice to play the classics again — they require memorization, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, and a little exploration. Not bad qualities to impart, I have to say. So if you are looking for good ol’ heart-pumping, adrenaline-charging, physically-challenging and mentally-stimulating fun, these arcade classics are for you.
I may have quit my quest to be the next million-point player in Donkey Kong, but I’m glad I found the classics online. They already have a special place in my bookmarks.