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Ask Steve Wiebe

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Here's your chance to pose a question to the King of Kong

Steve Wiebe, underdog star of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong and current holder of the Donkey Kong Jr. world record, has answers for you. You've got questions for him.

Now's your chance to get those answers. All this week we want to know what you want to know about the world of Steve Wiebe, and then we'll query Steve himself for you in an exclusive Nintendo Life Readers Ask interview.

You have until the end of this Friday, March 5, to get your questions in. You can do so either by leaving them in the comments here, using the Contact form or via Twitter (@nintendolife) using the hash tag #askwiebe so we know whether your questions are for us or for Steve.

We'll be picking the best and most common questions for the interview, so if we don't ask him yours then there's probably a very good reason why not.

Go on then. Ask away.

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Willy105 said:

How do you handle the non-believers that can't comprehend why you play games and why you and other people find them so engrossing?



Streakk said:

Is Donkey Kong Jr. your favorite game, or just the one your the best at, or both?



Odnetnin said:

Do you have any modern gaming consoles? If so, what kinds of games do you like to play on them?



JackMack said:

Have you ever considered breaking another arcade record? If so, what game?



Chrono_Cross said:

What made you choose Donkey Kong as the game to get the world's top high score on, prior to the many other arcade games out there?



Ren said:

How do you feel about this motion sensing sensation with modern consoles? Is it cool or are you a staunch nostalgia guy about buttons/joystick for input? If so why, and do you think it alters the gameplaying experience in some way that does or doesn't suit you?



Objection said:

Do you find that playing a game repetitively and competitively (such as aiming for records) makes it less enjoyable or do you then enjoy it in a new sense or way?




If there were to be a massive terrorist attack spreading around where you live, what would be your survival plan, and would it relate to video games in any way?



Vander said:

Have you tried to contact Billy Mitchell and have a face-to-face showdown again? If so did he respond? And if not then will you try to get the Donkey Kong world record back? And if so, when?



V8_Ninja said:

#1. What would you consider to be the best strategy when trying to aim for a high score in any game?

#2. Have you ever considered going for a world record high score for any other game besides Donkey Kong?

#3. What would you consider to be the essential snack and beverage when it comes to gaming marathons?

#4. If you were ever in a real life scenario where you were a plumber trying to rescue your girlfriend and you had to jump over barrels thrown by a tie-wearing gorilla on a construction site in order to save her and all you had was a hammer, what would be your approach to the situation?



bro2dragons said:

What do you think is the core difference between games like Donkey Kong and the ones today, and which kind do you think holds more value?



A1234 said:

Will you be at the Inaugural Ceremonies and Gaming Event for the International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum in Ottumwa Iowa on August 5-8? I am and so will Billy.



TwilightV said:

Here's one: Will you ever pitch a game idea to Nintendo?

(Off topic: I love this idea! )



Crystalking18 said:

Since you practiced and memorized a lot of patterns and signs for the original Donkey Kong, how long did it take you to memorize the new game, or even if you did practice at all to beat it?



Supermarioman said:

#1. I was wondering what other arcade games that you hope to one day take the record for such as Donkey Kong 3, Mario Bros. , and Pac-Man amongst others and if you look to someday take the records for other arcade games.
#2: Do you feel that you should face Billy Mitchel face to face in a competition for the Donkey Kong high score and see how Billy acts with you right beside him, both trying to get the highest score.



Slapshot said:

What up... I watched the King of Kong this past weekend and all I got to say to you is I have mad respect for how you took the time to fly all the way out there to break the record only to be shot down mere minutes later by tape, but what a champ, came back and didnt get it in the tournament but did at home with the son. Inspired me to go pop in an old game Im really good at and I broke the records at home so Im going to video it and send it in so I can hold some Twin Galaxy records myself soon.



warioswoods said:

Perhaps you can tell me how to avoid Carpal Tunnel? It's a chronic problem for me, and I don't come anywhere near the amount of gaming that you must have racked up in order to approach those scores.



WiiLovePeace said:

What do you think about speed runs as opposed to high point scores? Why did you see the ~800,000 Donkey Kong score & decide to beat that as opposed to seeing a speed run & then try to beat it?
Also, what do you think of the games that are coming out for the Wii this year, like Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, Red Steel 2, Sin & Punishment 2, etc? (Basically the ones announced at the Nintendo World Summit).
What is the appeal for you as a gamer to continue playing old arcade games over modern, graphically enhanced, motion enabled etc games?



jangonov said:

A lot of documentaries are skewed to one angle these days, with this in mind, do you believe that "The King of Kong" was fair in it's portrayal of you and of your rival? If not, what would you say is different from reality?



Shiryu said:

What do you think about current generation videogames?
Do you think children today are missing out on using their imagination while playing videogames because of this current HD, photorealism trend?



SuperPeach said:

  • Did you play Donkey Kong Jr. all the time as a kid?
  • How often do you play Donkey Kong?
  • What do you think about games now?
  • Which Donkey Kong game do you like best?


BJWanlund said:

Will you be going to the next Classic Gaming Expo (or some other show)? If so, are you there mainly to see old friends, make new ones, or a combination of the two?




HipsterDashie said:

If I were to try for this record, the chances are that I'd get bored long before I even got close! Do you suffer the same problem? If so, how do you deal with it, and if not, what aspect of the game keeps it fresh?



timp29 said:

Any stories of video game rage? When you just miss out on a record it must be frustrating... Have you ever ripped the control stick out of a cabinet?

How do you concentrate for that long?
What happens if you need to go to the bathroom?
Do you wear nappies, a catheter or a colostomy bag during a record attempt?



the_shpydar said:

Same as timp29, How do you address the bathroom issue before a marathon session? Just plan ahead and not drink too much or something?

Also, you seem to be a very positive guy, despite having some unfortunate setbacks in life, both in and out of the gaming arena. What inspires you or keeps you positive to never give up?



timp29 said:

Oh yeah, has the line "I have the world record in the donkey kong arcade game" ever gotten you laid/action/interest from the opposite sex... or same sex for that matter I suppose. Crazy new age world.



Twilight_Crow said:

-Besides classic arcade, what is your favorite video game genre?
-How many games do you consider yourself, good at?
-Any general tips for breaking records on classic games?



Yanagi said:

Congratulations on getting the record in DK Jr.

What is (or was) your favorite video arcade? What was it like going to the American Classic Arcade Museum?



StarDust4Ever said:

@slapshot82: I just saw King of Kong for the first time friday night with a bunch of friends at the Wesley Foundation. Any chance you go to LaTech?

Back to King of Kong: that dude in the movie with the long hair and the VHS tapes was a total D***** for not showing up in person to face off... Kudos to you Steve, for handling it so well. Patience is a virtue



Mayhem said:

Have you thought about going for the DK3 record and then technically having a 2-1 advantage over Billy Mitchell?

Conversely, in line with all the talk heard about having "performances in the bank" regarding scores achieved but not produced publically yet, how high do you think the score in DK is able to be pushed limit wise?



Alexneon said:

Sorry for my english but this is my question, hmm, how much time u dedicate to ur family?



JayArr said:

I just want to know what his pre-game rituals are. Every high score hunter has a pre-game ritual !



G_Cutedog said:

On a scale of 1-10, how big of an artichoke is Billy Mitchell? Also, have you ever tried his BBQ sauce?



fxtek76 said:

Would you ever do an interview and Special Delivery with Sam and Dave on SiriusXM 197/202. I know Billy Mitchel was on there would like to hear you on someday.



mushroomer said:

I have no idea who this guy is.. haha.. but, coincidentally, the game I put more hours than any other game WAS Mario vs Donkey Kong 2 March of the Mini's because of the LEVEL EDITOR. My question then is, what do you think of level editors? If Donkey Kong allowed you to create your own stage, what would you like to see in it?



A1234 said:

some questions from the Twin Galaxies members/players:

1. why he's had a camera in his face recording the conversation on the few occasions he's called Bill Mitchell on the phone. (King of Kong)
2. where the Stampede score on the 2600 came from? It seems like he had some other plans at one time or just happened to be in the right place with a 2600 and a ref?
3. Do you play any NES, SNES, Genesis, or any modern games?



Starkiller said:

Did you hack into the site to make this article always be at the top of the front page?
seriously, what gives?



Namo said:

Alright, we get it. We can ask some random guy a question.

Stop putting it at the top of the front page.



Mulder1617 said:

Are there any other arcade games that you have considered attempting to break a world record on?

Will there be a sequel to King of Kong?

Do you currently own a next gen console? If so, which one? And what is your favorite genre of game?

Since your last attempt at breaking the world record again for Donkey Kong, (which was at E3 last year), do you think you will consider retiring from the world of competitive record breaking gaming?



Mulder1617 said:

Did you get a trophy for your world record score on Donkey Kong, jr? If so, where do you keep it in your home?

Have you ever thought about coaching some of the younger people of this generation in the different aspects of planning, practicing, and developing strong skills to help further their chances in world arcade scoring history?



A1234 said:

is hollywood still going to make the king of kong fiction movie? if yes, did they find an actor to play you? who is it?



RichardNixon said:

Who currently owns the Donkey Kong record? And if it's Douche McWhat's-his-face, do you plan on trying to trying to beat it again? Also, Is Douche McWhat's-his-face as bad as they make him out to be in the film? I heard they edited it to make him look like a terrible person and the "villain" of the story, but he still came off as a bad person to me. And lastly, what else do you play, if anything? Super Mario Bros. maybe?



StarBoy91 said:

Watch your language, please, RichardNixon.

Who's your favorite video game company?

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