Official trailerThe year:
1984. The place:
Twin Galaxies arcade, Ottumwa Iowa. The event:
16-year-old Timothy McVey (that's McVey, the gamer
, not McVeigh, the bomber) records the highest score in video game history on a single quarter -- over one billion pointsThe game: Nibbler
, a little-known but notorious classic arcade game, unique for its ability to register, well, over a billion points.Time involved:
44+ hours of continuous play.Comment: Holy $&*#!
Fast-forward 25 years. Tim's record had stood as the highest verified score of video gaming's Golden Age. Or so everyone thought. Until...
A rumor surfaces of a higher score having been set in Italy -- also in 1984 -- by Enrico Zanetti, an Italian kickboxing champion. Uh-oh.
Soon after, Tim is challenged to a Nibbler
showdown by Dwayne Richard, a renowned Canadian video game champion. Oh jeeeez...
This leads to a competition referred to as "death in slow motion." McVey must not only deal with swollen hands, aching limbs and middle-age, but battle his own demons as he seeks to retain/regain his legacy.
Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy, producers and directors at Playland Pictures Inc. (and former Battlestar Galactica editors), have spent the past five years making the documentary Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
, which chronicles McVey's epic quest. The film includes interviews with the players, back-breaking days-long marathon attempts and unique archival footage from the 1980s. Locations range from small-town Iowa to Los Angeles, New Jersey, Denver, Chicago, Washington, Miami, Canada, and Italy. Also featured are Walter Day and Billy Mitchell (THE KING OF KONG
programmers John Jaugilas & Joe Ulowetz; Joshua Bearman and others.
Principle photography has been completed and the film is currently in post-production. Seklir and Kinzy are asking for your support and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund completion of the film. After everything Tim has been through, do you really want to let him down?