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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McVey Tim McVey ... Himself
Dwayne Richard Dwayne Richard ... Himself
Enrico Zanetti Enrico Zanetti ... Himself
Tina McVey Tina McVey ... Herself
Tom Asaki Tom Asaki ... Himself
Mark Hoff Mark Hoff ... Himself
Walter Day Walter Day ... Himself
Joe Ulowetz Joe Ulowetz ... Himself
John Jaugilas John Jaugilas ... Himself
Mike Currence Mike Currence ... Himself
Gene Lewin Gene Lewin ... Himself
Sherry Modrack Sherry Modrack ... Herself
Foster Van Schaick Foster Van Schaick ... Himself
Randy Paris Randy Paris ... Himself
Lou Dodge 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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References The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) See more »

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This Subgenre of Documentaries...
15 October 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

I love that this is a thing, a whole subgenre of documentaries about classic video games and the people who set the high scores. Walter Day is great, and the whole entourage (Billy Mitchell, etc) are interesting characters. Tim McVey is very much an everyman, and his story is in some strange way inspirational.

Nibbler, man... of all the games to pick... but they did a great job putting this together and keeping it moving. I suppose they could have had a bit more about the game's history and knockoffs, but I don't feel like it would be necessary.


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