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Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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If you ever played the game "Snake" on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with "Nibbler," the original "snake" game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer... See full summary »

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Tim McVey ... Himself
Dwayne Richard ... Himself
Enrico Zanetti ... Himself
Tina McVey ... Herself
Tom Asaki ... Himself
Mark Hoff ... Himself
Walter Day ... Himself
Joe Ulowetz ... Himself
John Jaugilas ... Himself
Mike Currence ... Himself
Gene Lewin ... Himself
Sherry Modrack ... Herself
Foster Van Schaick ... Himself
Randy Paris ... Himself
Lou Dodge ... Herself
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If you ever played the game "Snake" on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with "Nibbler," the original "snake" game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer not the bomber) who in 1984, on a single quarter (and over forty-four hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game. This historic accomplishment led the City of Ottumwa to declare a civic day in Tim's honor (Tim McVey Day) and present him with the key to the city. Twenty-five-years later, when rumors of a higher score surface online, attributed to Italian kick-boxing champion Enrico Zanetti, it calls into question everything Tim McVey has believed for decades and forces him to make a decision: either set a new world record, or risk losing his legacy forever. Now middle-aged and out of shape, Tim discovers that reclaiming the Nibbler title will not be easy. Packed with unexpected twists and turns, the film documents one of the epic ... Written by Playland Pictures

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Tim McVey's accomplishments gained him a spot as a charter member of the U.S. National Video Game Team. In 2015, he joined with friend Patrick Scott Patterson to revive the concept. They were awarded the trademark in March 2016. See more »

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I liked that Tim McVey is really good at playing a totally obscure video game. I like that he is over weight, he is not rich, he is totally ordinary. He is not one of the celebrated, over paid sport stars with their noses up in the sky. This documentary is for you and me.If you remember how it was to play games in the arcade halls or at the local cafeteria, then this is for you. I remember me and my childhood friend playing a game, I think it was Commando, down at the hotel. We might have been 10, then after playing for a long time and having a huge score, the owner of the hotel, an old woman, came and unplugged the plug from the socket, because it was closing time. If you understand why this upset us, you will like this documentary. There are many other things that I liked about Man vs. Snake. For example the polite and cool Italian who claimed he had beaten the record, the black sheep rival Dwayne Richard, who might or might not have cheated by replacing parts so the game slowed down and the obvious love story between Tim and his wife. I recommend this documentary for all these and more reasons!


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