This week’s episode of crime procedural Bones tells the tale of Billy and Steve, competitive gamers vying for the “perfect score” on a classic arcade game. But unlike documentary The King of Kong, one of these gamers winds up… murdered!
And unlike The King of Kong, gamers Billy Gabel and Steve Rifton—the less fortunate of the two video game proteges—play Punky Pong, an old-school arcade game that apparently features a giant monkey but no plumbers and no barrels. But it does have a “kill screen,” which Bones’ writers appear to have taken quite literally.
Fox’s official description reads: Steve turned his success into a lucrative partnership with a gaming referee and charged fans to play on the very machine that gave him the perfect score. But between sour business deals and bitter competitors, the team at the Jeffersonian must work to narrow down the many suspects with motive for ending Rifton’s reign as gaming king.
Well, that certainly sounds like 48 minutes of network television I’ll be watching!
The show airs tonight in the U.S. on your local Fox affiliate if you’re interested. See if you can spot some of the subtle, fall into a coma and you could miss it product placement for James Cameron’s Avatar!