Such was the case for the Donkey Kong World Championships in Denver this weekend, called the KongOff2.
"The KongOff is definitely a very interesting subculture, to say the least," Donkey Kong enthusiast Craig Ziegler said.
Saturday, Ziegler and his friend Peter Bjork came to the 1Up bar in Lodo to watch the world's best Donkey Kong players dodge hammers and fireballs and try to save the every princess they could.
"I'm here to steal tips and ideas from other players," Ziegler said.
Richie Knucklez started this tournament last year in New Jersey to bring a bunch of people together who may have otherwise sat at home alone.
"I came up with this idea. Why don't I invite all of the people that have gotten a certain threshold score that's proven," Knucklez said. "You have got to squeeze as many points out as you can."
The more seasoned players compete to get above one million points.
Those who want to get there someday are learning their four lives in a game of Donkey Kong, may take a lifetime to master.
"Yeah, I did pretty badly, and it hurt. It really hurt, but that's life," Kayla Rose, who was eliminated from the game much sooner than she wanted, said.
Still, Rose said she would return next year to compete.
"I don't even remember it being that good being in an arcade when I was younger," she said. "This has been the best arcade memory that I've made."
The Kong Off 2 continues Sunday at 10 a.m. at 1Up Bar in Lower Downtown Denver.
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