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Steve Wiebe to Enter the Video Game Hall of Fame

Posted by James Newton

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Former holder of the Donkey Kong World Record and Nathan Fillion lookalike Steve Wiebe is about to receive another accolade by being inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame.

Mr Wiebe, who once held the score record that now rests with Hank Chien, is being recognised for his arcade accomplishments and will join 28 other famous faces from the world of gaming, including Shigeru Miyamoto and... er... Pac-Man.

Here's the press release from the world's recognised capital of competitive video gaming – yes, really – Ottumwa, Iowa.

OTTUMWA, IOWA — July 10, 2010 — The International Video Game Hall of Fame has announced that a Redmond man is to be inducted into the IVGHOF on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Steve Wiebe, of Redmond, Wash., will be honored for his accomplishments as an arcade video game competitor. Wiebe has enjoyed recognition as the former world record holder on Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong, Jr. As a member of the IVGHOF Class of 2010, Wiebe takes his place alongside 28 other gaming celebrities, including Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Donkey Kong; Ralph Baer,The Father of Video Games; and Pac-Man.

Wiebe is currently an algebra teacher at Finn Hill Junior High in Kirkland, Wash. He was also the subject of a popular film called "The King of Kong," which examined the history of the Donkey Kong world record.

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User Comments (17)

Kevin

#1

Kevin said:

There's a video game hall of fame? Gotta go to Iowa sometime I guess.

Mike1

#4

Mike1 said:

What is so special about this guy? Billy Mitchell is way better.

Chris720

#8

Chris720 said:

Why must we have an article for this guy? To be honest, this is just getting silly...

CorbsAdmin

#10

Corbs said:

I know many people don't care for Billy Mitchell, but how can you put Steve Wiebe in the Hall of Fame and not Mitchell?

WanderFan91

#11

WanderFan91 said:

I still like Billy Mitchell, and Stevie Wieve.
Billy Mitchell's Pac-Man record is well-known.

A1234

#12

A1234 said:

actually, Billy Mitchell will also be inducted, so you might want to fix that. I am trying to get Hank to come, but it is his birthday that week. I thought it would be great to have Billy, Steve, Hank and Ike all there. all we need is Hank to come and that will happen.
here is the complete list of inductees:
The International Video Game Hall of Fame is proud to announce several of it's "Class of 2010" inductees.

  • Eric Akeson, Turbo Pac-Man Champion
  • Kevin Bachus, X-Box Design Team
  • Ralph Baer, Historic Industry Pioneer
  • Rob Barrett, Tutankham Champion
  • Otto Berkes, X-Box Design Team
  • Seamus Blackley, X-Box Design Team
  • Nolan Bushnell, Historic Industry Pioneer
  • Brian Cady, Tempest Champion
  • Paul Dean, Spy Hunter Champion
  • Ben Falls, Moon Patrol Champion
  • Dennis “Thresh” Fong, Legendary PC Gaming Champion
  • Ben Gold, Legendary Arcade Champion
  • Ike Hall, Past Donkey Kong World Champion
  • Ted Hase, X-Box Design Team
  • Ken House, Dig Dug Champion
  • Andrew Laidlaw, Galaga Champion
  • Chris Mansfield, Kicker Champion
  • John McAllister, Asteroids Deluxe Champion
  • Billy Mitchell, Legendary Arcade Champion
  • Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator of Donkey Kong
  • Masaya Nakamura, NAMCO Founder
  • Steve Ritchie, Legendary Game Designer
  • Perry Rodgers, Mario Brothers Champion
  • Todd Rogers, Legendary Arcade Champion
  • Scott Safran, Asteroids Champion
  • Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, Legendary PC Gaming Champion
  • Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong, Jr. Champion
  • Phil Younger, Berzerk Champion
  • Pac-Man - Classic Arcade Game
James

#14

James said:

@Zimm Cheers, the info's appreciated! Give Steve a high-five from us here at Nintendo Life.

A1234

#15

A1234 said:

@Prosody - thanks! I will for sure give Steve a high-five at the event for you guys. oh yeah, also need to mention that Hank beat Billy's score, not Steve's, since Billy had the high score at the time, but actually Hank did obviously beat both scores.
I am a special guest player at the event and I am pretty excited. I went last year and it was incredible!

CorbsAdmin

#16

Corbs said:

Man all this talk does is make me long to go back to my arcade days in the early 80's. Damn that was a great time. :)

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