Warcraft-Playing Bodybuilder Barely Misses Donkey Kong World Record

Vincent Lemay came in just 2700 points shy of Hank Chien's world record score for Donkey Kong, adding his name to the team of rivals for what has become arcade video gaming's Holy Grail of high scores.

On Friday, Lemay, 21, of Quebec, recorded a verified performance of 1,135,900, according to Patrick Scott Patterson, an authority on arcade gaming records, high scores and marathons going back several years. That's just agonizingly short of the 1,138,600 posted by Hank Chien, the plastic surgeon who has broken, reclaimed, and repeatedly re-set the record on Donkey Kong since 2010, inspired by 2008's notorious and award-winning documentary The King of Kong which chronicled the rivalry of Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe.

"My goal with this game is 1.2 million points," Lemay told Patterson. "Hank told me if the record is above 1.17 million he won't try to beat it, though I'm sure he would sooner or later. No one has achieved it yet."

Lemay isn't the only challenger to the Chien-Mitchell-Wiebe triumvirate. Patterson notes that Jeff Willms, also of Canada, recently scored 1.1 million on Donkey Kong, good for third place all-time.

Former 'Warcraft' player almost breaks 'Donkey Kong' arcade world record [Arcade Game Examiner]


Comments

    I just can't think of why he would need to be topless for that photo.

      Read the Kotaku US site. This is an old photo and he is less than impressed Kotaku have posted it up and has requested they change it and he even linked to a new photo for the article.

      Nice of them to ignore the request of course.

    "warcraft-playing bodybuilding" That's a oxymoron if I've ever heard one.

    Do you even lift?

    My word, that might be the least appealing picture I've ever.

    You know what's funny? Go on the US Kotaku and this guy replied in regards to the article title and because of the photo used. He wanted a normal photo used and didn't want to be called a body builder because he knee people would call him a douche and such. Brilliant "journalism" Kotaku.

    I like how they use the term 'Warcraft' player like it's a bad thing, why do they even mention it? How does being a warcraft player affect your ability to play donky kong.

      are they using it in a bad way? I don't see any negative connotations implied except for the ones you are suggesting.

        WoW has a reputation of the kind of people that play it and using it in a title when nothing relates to the game and mentioning body builer along side does give it a negative connotation.

    Still better then Patricias' articles

      +1

      "I Want To Move Like They Do In Video Games"

      "Is Trolling Ever OK?"

      "It’s Time We Put The Bald Space Marine Away"

      F**KING HELL.

      Last edited 13/01/13 11:31 pm

    Strong Donkey Kong is strong

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