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Old 07-17-03, 11:31 AM
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New Donkey Kong Record Set

I wonder how long we was playing.

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REDMOND, Washington (AP) -- Steve Wiebe now rules as the Donkey Kong king after setting a new world record with more than 900,000 points in the classic video game.

The victory was a solitary one.

A few times a week, after his two young kids had gone to bed and his wife, Nicole, was busy working, the 34-year-old would head to the garage and turn on the video camera that would prove his score.

He diligently set to work maneuvering Mario to dodge objects thrown by an angry ape.

"Since I'd been trying so long, it wasn't like I jumped out of my chair or anything (when I got that score)," he said.

Record stood for 20 years
Finally last week, the Redmond resident broke an 879,200-point record set last year by a New York man, which edged past one set nearly 20 years ago by Billy Mitchell, a Florida man generally consider the Don of the Arcade Game. Mitchell's mark was 874,300.

Wiebe scored 947,200 points in the 22 levels of the game. He sent a videotape documenting his feat to Twin Galaxies, the definitive scorekeeping organization for gamers.

The record was big enough news to video-game enthusiasts that they crashed the organization's Web site, said Robert Mruczek, chief referee at Twin Galaxies.

"If you beat a gamer with the caliber of Billy Mitchell, that's a feather in your cap," he said. "They're the cream of the crop when it comes to video gaming."

Hooked on Kong
Despite all the points, Donkey Kong is not a game players can win. It ends with what's known as a kill screen, a final level that's impossible to beat. Even if a character could run headlong through the course with no obstacles, it never could make it in the time allotted.

Wiebe has been hooked on the game since college.

Mitchell, 37, says he only counts his scores if they're played in a public venue, and he won't say if can best his cross-country competitor. He'll only say that he's planning something big and unprecedented in response to Wiebe's win.

Nintendo smiles
The competition is just fine by Nintendo, which created Donkey Kong.

"We always smile when we hear about these kinds of things," company spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan said. "Donkey Kong means 'stubborn monkey' (in one rough translation from Japanese), and the fact that (Wiebe) was able to achieve this many points against a stubborn monkey says something."

Wiebe said he'll keep striving for the million-point mark, then retire.

The former Boeing engineer and computer-software tester plans to head back to school to become a high-school math and science teacher.
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Old 07-17-03, 02:26 PM
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Re: New Donkey Kong Record Set

Originally posted by MikeMay
The victory was a solitary one.
There's something utterly tragic about that statement...

(so why am I laughing? )
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Old 07-17-03, 02:34 PM
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Mitchell, 37, says he only counts his scores if they're played in a public venue, and he won't say if can best his cross-country competitor. He'll only say that he's planning something big and unprecedented in response to Wiebe's win.

Isn't this the same guy from MTV's "True Life: I'm a Gamer" that played a perfect game of Pac-Man and was promising to do something that would shock the world for his next feat?
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Old 07-17-03, 02:44 PM
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Re: Re: New Donkey Kong Record Set

Originally posted by mrglass
Isn't this the same guy from MTV's "True Life: I'm a Gamer" that played a perfect game of Pac-Man
Yeah, it's the same guy... Billy Mitchell (not the one from Eastenders...apparantly)

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and was promising to do something that would shock the world for his next feat?
he's going to...
Spoiler:
kiss a girl
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Originally posted by ^sam^
Yeah, it's the same guy... Billy Mitchell (not the one from Eastenders...apparantly)



he's going to...
Spoiler:
kiss a girl
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Old 07-18-03, 03:48 PM
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This whole thing reads like something from The Onion.
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