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Dr Hank Chien Breaks His Own Donkey Kong World Record

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Just to rub it in

Dr Hank Chien is the current master and world record holder on the original Donkey Kong arcade. Ahead of a Kong Off II event in November, it seems that Dr Kong isn't merely content to enjoy his record and wait to face his rivals, but is actively trying to assert his place at the top of the tree.

After extending his world record to 1,110,100 on 18th May, it's been confirmed this week that Dr Chien has extended this further to 1,127,700, with that score actually being set on 25th July. Some of you may remember that Dr Chien once wore a Team Chien t-shirt designed by a Nintendo Life reader, pictured, and in our minds we'd like to assume he was wearing that when he extended these records.

The world of Donkey Kong competition is one of the most intriguing in retro gaming, so if you want a bit of insight into the original Kong Off last year, check out our interview with tournament host Richie Knucklez.

[via twingalaxies.com]

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User Comments (18)

Wheels2050

#1

Wheels2050 said:

Good on him! After watching the King of Kong, I greatly admire the dedication it takes to get this good at the game. Can't say I'd want to do it myself, but I find it amazing that people can remain so disciplined!

Omega

#5

Omega said:

He holds a computer science and mathematics degree from Harvard University and is graduate of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. And does he cured aids, brought world piece, and solved the world hunger? No. He plays Donkey Kong like crazy. :-)

DestinyMan

#7

DestinyMan said:

I admire those that have the patience and the discipline to accomplish such things. It'll be very, very hard for the other two guys to exceed that score. Good job, Dr. Chien!

AcesHigh

#9

AcesHigh said:

Geonjaha, I'm fairly certain he already has. Holding degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Harvard of all places and a degree in Medicine from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine are all pretty damn big accomplishments for even the best of us to make. Looks like he's a plastic surgeon too. Yes, they perform cosmetic surgery but also many reconstructive surgeries for accident, burn, cancer victims and people who suffer from devastating birth defects that substancially increase the quality of their lives. What have you done? How's that book report coming? I'd say this is probably a release valve for him. And good for him!

Mr_Trill, I totally thought he looked like Jackie Chan too! LOL!

sinalefa

#12

sinalefa said:

I wonder how long it takes to make a record like this. Not only being this good, but I mean, the actual playtime of one of those record runs. I could never have such endurance playing any game.

HaNks

#14

HaNks said:

@sinalefa i believe an entire runthrough of DK takes approx 60-90 mins, something like that.

this hank guy has serious skillz. after playing the arcade game you appreciate the raw gaming ability needed to get high scores in DK.

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