Although Billy Mitchell and Steve Weibe were the stars of 2007 documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, their world record high scores on the arcade version of Donkey Kong have since been surpassed by a new champ, Dr. Hank Chien.
The NYC-based plastic surgeon just broke his own record, which has been in place since January 2011, by turning in a 1,110,100 point performance. Chien says his score could have been even higher, too, but he failed to reach the kill screen.
"This was not a killscreen game," Chien told The Examiner. "I died two screens shy of the killscreen so my score would have been a little higher, perhaps 1.12 million points. I had a spare man going into Level 21 and was mentally preparing to sacrifice it on the last barrel board and my game was over a few minutes later. That's how Donkey Kong rolls sometimes."
Chien says the top end of his high-scoring potential is around 1.15 million points, and he'll continue playing until he stops improving. He's also looking to become the world champ of another classic arcade game, Atari's Centipede.