Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Many of you probably have seen the 2007 documentary The King of Kong (and if you haven’t, Netflix it now!). The movie follows the battle between Steve Wiebe and noted Donkey Kong/vintage video game champion Billy Mitchell, over the world record for Donkey Kong. Since the release of the film, it has been fun tracking the back and fourth battle between Wiebe and Mitchell for the world record (we’ve even covered it on the site in the past).
There has been a lot of action over the past few months. In August, Billy Mitchell beat the Donkey Kong high score with 1,062,800 points — 1,100 points more than the previous record score. Mitchell reportedly quit his Donkey Kong game (still in progress). Asked why, Mitchell said: “Some say I’m being cocky. Some say I’m being lazy. I say, I’m being Billy Mitchell.” Later that month, Steve Wiebe reclaimed the Donkey Kong World Record with a score of 1,064,500 points. Weibe recorded his championship game on August 30th 2010 for submission to Twin Galaxies.
But now neither Billy nor Steve hold the record high score.
Twin Galaxies has officially counted plastic surgeon Hank Chien‘s 1,068,000 point high score, and have named Chien the current record holder. Sadface. The attempt took two hours and forty five minutes. Chien was the record holder when Mitchell reclaimed the title in August.
/Film would like to congratulate Chien on his achievement, although we hope that someday Wiebe and Mitchell get back in the game. Chien, Mitchell, and Wiebe are all scheduled to appear at a “Kong-Off” score-off planned for March in New Jersey. Epic.
We have a Donkey Kong arcade machine set-up in /Film HQ and I have been playing for seven months now and have only recently crossed the 100,000 point mark. I can’t even imagine how someone could get to 1,000,000 points.