The World's 13-th Best Donkey Kong Player has Something to Prove
January 29, 2014 10:11 PM   Subscribe

Shaun Boyd enters the Kong Off. Check out the 16min video embedded in the article.
posted by MoonOrb (9 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Stuff like this makes me wonder if there's a Donkey Kong version of the Pac-Man Dossier yet. Nice post.
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:41 PM on January 29, 2014

Hey, there's a documentary called The King of Kong. It's on YouTube, I think? Chasing Ghosts is similar and features some of the same people.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:54 PM on January 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

"Hey, there's a documentary called The King of Kong."

Yeah, it's mentioned multiple times in the article and, I think, in the video (although I only watched portions of the video).

It's a great documentary and I find it very interesting in how its existence and acclaim has ended up creating a Donkey Kong subculture that didn't (so much) previously exist, with the Kong Off and such.

I'm also happy to learn that Billy Mitchell hasn't changed.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 12:17 AM on January 30, 2014 [6 favorites]

Oh man, I went looking for the current world records, and looks like Twin Galaxies (the ones who keep the records and run the competition) fell apart shortly after Kong Off 3.
posted by team lowkey at 12:18 AM on January 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

oh nooooo
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:34 AM on January 30, 2014

I've been in the bar mentioned in the article. I'm surprised they managed to cram in enough people and machines for a tournament.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:28 AM on January 30, 2014

There's a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up, if anyone wants to watch.
posted by jeremias at 3:39 AM on January 30, 2014 [8 favorites]

Good video. Boyd definitely seems more like a guy I would want to hang out with than most of the other top players who appeared in King of Kong.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:39 AM on January 30, 2014

From Wikipedia: "Wiebe was the first person to achieve over a million points in a public game, with a score of 1,006,600 on July 4, 2004."

1 Million+ Scores
2011 Kong Off: 0
2012 Kong Off 2: 3
2013 Kong Off 3: 9

posted by yeti at 12:22 PM on January 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

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