Steve Wiebe, the Kirkland algebra teacher who's forced to use advanced equations to add up his gargantuan scores on the classic video game Donkey Kong, has been deposed from his throne as the King of Kong. His successor: wily Queens plastic surgeon and Asian arcade assassin, Hank Chien.
Kotaku reports on Monday that Chien has scored a record-breaking 1,068,000 points in two hours and 24 minutes of play, putting him ahead of Wiebe's 1,064,500 score from last year.
Video-game-scoring site Twin Galaxies has an interview with Chien here, in which the conservatively dressed doctor talks about Wiebe's "vertigo issues," "staying in shape," and most of all the upcoming Kong-Off competition in New Jersey in March, where he'll face off under one roof against Wiebe and Mitchell, plus a gaggle of other top-ranked Kongers, for international glory.
As for his strategy in setting the new record, Chien says:
"I played more aggressively in the beginning to put my pace well above the world record score and then played more conservatively towards the end of the game. The score is getting high enough now that you will have to play fairly aggressively all the way through the game to get the world record. If the score is pushed up much higher, I will have to revamp my playing style next time for a higher risk/higher reward."