33 Years Later, People Are Still Fighting Over This High Score
One of the things we hate is coming to a game late, only to find that all the competition has dried up. For some games, it doesn’t even take a year to get to the point that digital tumbleweed is drifting through empty lobbies. But as we lament the online achievements and trophies that we’re never going to add to our collections, Donkey Kong players can rest easy in the knowledge that they’ll probably never struggle for competition – a new world record has just been set on this 33 year old game.
American gamer Robbie Lakeman has set a new world record score of 1,141,800, beating previous holder Hank Chien’s score by just 3,200 points. For retro gamers, the three hour game you see below is a big deal – the high score has been so hotly contested that in 2007, critically acclaimed documentary film The King Of Kong chronicled Steve Wiebe’s journey to beat the world record score that had been set by Billy Mitchell in 1982.
Lakeman had been trying to topple the score for two and a half years, regularly streaming on Twitch and becoming increasingly frustrated by his inability to do so. Having finally achieved his goal, Lakeman has become only the fifth person to hold the record, after Mitchell, Wiebe, Chien and Tim Scerzby. However, he might not be a world record holder for long – his margin over the previous record is very, very small.