New York plastic surgeon Dr Hank Chien has set a new Donkey Kong world record, reclaiming the title from previous holder Steve Wiebe.
Chien posted a new record of 1,068,000 in two hours and 45 minutes, set in the comfort of his own home. “I played more aggressively in the beginning to put my pace well above the world record score and then played more conservatively towards the end of the game,” he says. “The score is getting high enough now that you will have to play fairly aggressively all the way through the game to get the world record.
Chien also notes that the battle is likely to run on, as no-one knows what the maximum Donkey Kong score is due to the game’s random element. He had taken a break from the game but started playing again to prepare for an upcoming Donkey Kong competition, The Kong Off, which is being organised by Billy Mitchell and Richie Knucklez.
I have to admit I admire his dedication here as I can’t think of any game where I’d be willing to sit and play for 2 hours plus in one sitting especially considering to reach such a colossal score he must be a) pretty good and b) have seen everything already.