A local plastic surgeon scored 1,068,000 points in Donkey Kong, beating the previous record of 1,064,500 points held by Steve Wiebe, one of the men profiled in the documentary King of Kong.
Chien beat the record high score in March, but Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, the other champion in King of Kong, both beat Chien’s March score in the months following, but now he’s reclaimed the top spot.
Chien was a dark horse contender on the million-point Kong scene.
“There are all these people on the Internet saying, like, ‘This guy came out of nowhere and he has been practicing in his basement,'” Chien told Details. “I’m like, ‘I’m from New York City, and I live in a high-rise condo-which doesn’t have a basement!'”
It took Chien two hours and 45 minutes to get the high score. The biggest challenge is holding it, he told Details.
“The big issue is actually the bathroom. Whether I have to go or not, if I am preparing for a big game, I always go to the bathroom right before I start. I don’t get hungry easily; I try to keep a cup of water next to me,” he said.
Now Chien must prepare for a showdown in March. The “Kong-Off,” which will take place at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in Flemington, NJ, will be a fierce competition.
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