There are plenty of world records out there in the video game world. Recently, Spelunky has emerged as one of the most popular for world record hunters, but at the end of the day, there is one more mythical than any other in the annals of gaming history: a Donkey Kong high score.
Most gamers know about the high profile rivalry between “everyman” Steve Wiebe and “evil hot sauce salesman” Billy Mitchell from the highly publicized documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Some might even know that both were supplanted by Dr. Hank Chien, who also received a lesser known documentary called Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition.
Have you ever heard of Robbie Lakemann, though? I didn’t before today, and I doubt you did either. Dr. Hank Chien certainly has now that Lakemann has surpassed his world record.
In fact, shortly after Lakemann beat Chien’s score of 1,138,600 with his own towering score of 1,141,800, Lakemann personally called Chien to let him know that his score had been 1up’d. Lakemann took four hours to achieve the record setting figure, and you can watch the entire run on his Twitch account.
Donkey Kong Blog has more information on what is now a four man rush to the top. Many thought Chien’s were too high to ever be reached thanks to a kill screen which stops play, but Lakemann has proven the community totally wrong. Will anybody be able to step up to the new champion? Maybe so, but if they do, I hope someone makes a documentary of it.
Man, I can’t get enough of these Donkey Kong documentaries.