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Many, many fistfuls of quarters

Scott Jagow Jun 3, 2009

Did you see the documentary, The King of Kong, about the video game geeks and their classic battle of good vs evil? The likable underdog Steve Wiebe vs the pompous poser Billy Mitchell for the world title of Donkey Kong champion! If you haven’t seen it, (and you’re thinking how could that possibly be good), do yourself a favor and rent it right now. It’s brilliant. For those who have seen it, Wiebe tried again yesterday to break the world record at the E3 expo here in LA.

He was hoping to win this:

That’s $10,001 in quarters, provided by the Stride Gum company.

Unfortunately, Wiebe came up just short of the record, even though he did reach the “kill” screen and ended with 989,400 points.

So, Billy Mitchell remains the Donkey Kong world record holder with a high score of 1,050,200.

Boooo. Better luck next time, Steve.

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