All is right with the world: Steve Wiebe is the Donkey Kong world champion. For now.
If you haven’t heard of him already, Wiebe was the protagonist of King of Kong: Fist Full of Quarters, a hilarious documentary about two men competing for the world record in the Donkey Kong arcade game. Wiebe was a middle school science teacher trying to make ends meet; his rival, Billy Mitchell, was an arrogant uber-successful arcade champion and somewhat successful restaurant owner.
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To get you up to speed after the events of the movie:
– Wiebe finally officially got the world record in the spring of 2007…
– Only to have Billy Mitchell take it back a few months later.
– Some random player Hank Chien beat both their scores in March 2010
– Mitchell, not to be outdone, took it back on July 31, 2010
On August 30, 2010, Wiebe submitted his 1,064,000 point score – about 2,000 points higher than Mitchell’s previous score. Twin Galaxies, the official gaming world record scorekeepers, just verified his score today. Three cheers for Wiebe, who’s proving persistence always pays off even if you have to lose some pride and shed a few tears to get to your dream.