Score one for the good guys; Steve Wiebe has reclaimed his Donkey Kong world record.
For the third time this year, the title of “King of Kong” has changed hands. Back in March Hank Chien topped Billy Mitchell to take the crown that he had held since 2007, but Mitchell took it back in July. Now, Wiebe has beaten Mitchell’s score, reclaiming the top spot in the world. With a score of 1,064,500, Steve (I call him Steve because he seems like a nice guy, and he probably wouldn’t mind) trumped Billy’s (I call him Billy because he seems like a real prick, and I couldn’t care less what he thinks) total of 1,062,800.
Seth Gordon’s documentary, “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” spotlighted both Weibe and Mitchell, and contrasted their respective attitudes towards their pursuit of Kong greatness; Weibe is humble, down-to-Earth, and utterly likable, while Mitchell is arrogant, dismissive, and generally unpleasant to be around. It’s nice to see the title back in the hands of a decent guy, and not in Mitchell’s, even though the torrid pace of world record performances practically guarantees that his record will fall within the year.. Call me biased, but I'm not a fan of pricks.