Plastic surgeon retakes Donkey Kong crown

Hank Chien reclaims world-record title from <i>King of Kong</i> star Steve Wiebe with score of 1,068,000 points.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new King of Kong. Yesterday, the retro-arcade record keepers at Twin Galaxies announced that Hank Chien holds the new world record for Donkey Kong, racking up a score of 1,068,000 points. The total was achieved over the course of 2 hours and 45 minutes of playtime, during Chien's second attempt of the day at an arcade machine in the New York plastic surgeon's home.

Hank Chien reigns over Donkey Kong country…for now.

According to Edge magazine, Chien's score was good enough to unseat former champion Steve Wiebe's high score of 1,064,500. In September, Wiebe beat former champ Billy Mitchell's total of 1,062,800, which had stood since March, when he beat Chien's high score of 1,061,700. Mitchell and Wiebe famously squared off in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which focused on the battle over who really held the all-time high score for Donkey Kong.

Speaking with Twin Galaxies, Chien said he plans to participate in the forthcoming "Kong Off" competition in March in New Jersey. Organized by Mitchell, the event will see all former Donkey Kong record holders under a single roof, said Chien, engaging in a single competition. Wiebe is also expected to attend.

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suprsolider
suprsolider

I could beat this record easily. But I have no intrest in proving so. I don't care that much about having a world DK record. Waste of my time.

hchien
hchien

There are no patterns and no memorization in Donkey Kong. If there were everyone would be able to do it. That's what makes Donkey Kong so interesting. It plays different everytime. It's more sophisticated than modern games in many ways. As for recorded versus live scores. I agree live scores carry more weight. But if you have a hole-in-one on tape, and you can't do it live, does that mean it never happened? With all the stringent recording rules, I'd be more likely to believe a recorded score than a live score.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@shaun_ofda_dead First of all COD is crap as well. FPS games lost their luster as soon as Halo hit the market. Second of all it has nothing to do with donkey kong being challenging. It has to do with the fact that it is BORING. I'd rather pick lint from my scrotum for an hour than subject myself to that piece of crap.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@VenkmanPHD You should of just took the credit I gave you on the higher score. Now you previous comment looks really really really dumb. For real. Guess you can't handle a challenging game, so stick to COD and don't leave stupid comments on news articles that you don't care about, ok? :D

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@shaun_ofda_dead Try more like 130. And I'm proud of that, because I stopped playing that dumb*** game after level 1 back in the 6th grade.

Brilliant_R
Brilliant_R

Well, the guy's a successful individual in the medical field, so at least you can't say he's "wasting his life" on this.

Jous11
Jous11

I agree with Zzombielemur, what's the point of doing this with this old game? I mean at this point, it's got to be much more of a stress-causing obsession rather than something enjoyable, and hell the payoff/rewards of spending that much time to get so good are bare minimum at best.

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

@demonkingx5 No thanks. I'd rather play a game with a story. Never been a high score person. Never had the motivation or the drive to play a game for that long. Couldn't care less about it really.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

@ryogapower Yeah because it's so impossible to fake those scores on a videotape. Wait, no it isn't! It's amazingly easy to do with common software and a vcr. If you remember the video in question in the movie had odd jumps and visual distortions that were extremely suspicious. Bottom line: Do it with a judge(s) in public for it to be considered legit.

Anabub
Anabub

man how much money would I have saved in the arcades if I was this good at that game!!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Wow - more serious than some "sporting" events :P

Marky360
Marky360

What we have Here is the epitome of the phrase "It's On Like Donkey Kong"

Paul2004
Paul2004

Credit given where credits due, thats one hell of a record and the rest will be scrambling to beat it. I wonder how long it will last, ive never played the game but considering the time and the fact no one else has got that high im impressed. Guess the doc's got some major bragging rights now

buft
buft

dedication! i can barely get past the third level

widdowson91
widdowson91

Ah, Donkey Kong. You can't beat the classics.

fr0zen2003
fr0zen2003

@GatsuBlackSword : I was thinking the exact same thing. Wouldn't be awesome to do a documentary about that Kong Off competition and call it : "The King of Kong 2 - For a few quarters more" :D

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I hope this is leaning towards a new documentary being made.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

THIS IS HUGE NEWS!! (don't know if I'm being sarcastic or not)

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

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volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

they should try beating donkey kong country returns without losing a life if anyone could do it..might be one of these dudes

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Ah, points... Today they only exit as Achievements and in XBLA arcade games.

djwood84
djwood84

If you haven't watched King of Kong, do it! You obviously love gaming if you're around gamespot's forums. This is awesome, I love that the classics are still a passion to some!

kbaily
kbaily

At least this guy doesn't look like a tool.

Dmitheon
Dmitheon

Achieving these kinds of scores does make you think, but unfortunately, it was exclusively about pattern recognition, memorization and evaluating risk/reward. The limited construct of the game did reduce the amount of creativity in their solutions. On a side note, the movie was quite entertaining.

oneligas
oneligas

i think the World Records for old arcade games should now be played without the kill screen so the records would be permanently set to a ungodly unattainable level to end all the news about 30 year old games

King-gamer
King-gamer

I seriously wonder exactly how much more can they push and milk the score from Donkey Kong. Especially with the kill screen, and considering how high their scores are, I don't think there many points left before they reach the "limit"

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Zzombielemur & swamptick wow u guys took it too far let see anyone of you get that same high score then come back with some respect for the old games

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

How magical it must have been to live in an age that condoned the killing of gorillas.

swamptick
swamptick

@demonkingx5 I can tell you never really grew up in those times. I am 34 and I can assure you, games today require much more thought.

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

@demonkingx5 Kong made you think? I hope that's not what you meant to say.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

i missed the old days where games actually made us think now its just button smashers & shooters

TimboII
TimboII

Yeah, but like....Donkey Kong doesn't have achievements so what's the point?...(joking aside, King of Kong was AWESOME)

ryogapower
ryogapower

@GOR_TAK thats what steve weibe had to do in the documentary to prove that his videotaped score was real after being wrongly accused of forgery, so i dont agree, if you have the money and time and skill a videotaped home score is just as valid. king of kong rules. as does chasing ghosts. you couldnt make those guys up!

RossRichard
RossRichard

At least it wasn't Billy Mitchell. That guy is such a douche. Good luck to Steve Wiebe to get it back.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Kudos to Chien. I have King of Kong, and it's an excellent film. All gamers should do well to watch this film. It's a piece of history.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Points? What is this, 1990? :P

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

@GOR_TAK I read your post solely because of your icon. MST3K for life. Keep circulating those tapes. *Edit: The documentary was okay, but as is the case with almost all documentaries it was clearly one sided and overly dramatic.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

I really want to see that documentary... could be very interesting.

yman173
yman173

Congrats to Chien, though I feel for Wiebe. That guy has spent so many years trying to get out of the shadow of Billy Mitchell I had hoped his record would stand for good. I dont know how they do it. I grew up playing DK and to this day if I can last 5 levels its a big deal!! I bow to them all for their supremecy.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

You know what needs to just stop? These records "accomplished" in people's homes without properly delegated witnesses being actually present to see it happen. Do it on a neutral machine located in public and with even at least 1 or 2 judges to watch over the entirety of the game. Otherwise, it simply does not count.

blackace
blackace

Congrats to these guys for going at it again and again. I honestly don't have the time or patience. I once played the Star Wars (vector graphic one) game for 5.5 hours until the arcade closed. lol!! There is only 99 levels, and after you reach 99 and just stays there. I don't remember what my high score was. I could have played for another 5 hours easily. Those were the days. What was funny is I found the same SW machine as a pizza play with my high score on it. It also ended up at some hangout joint near M.I.T. The machine got around.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Ahh, yes. Nothing like a game of Donkey Kong after sexual reassignment surgery.

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

That's a sweet looking DK cabinet, they are not very common these days in that condition.