Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! Actually, the former King Kong record holder isn't dead, but he has been dethroned by Hank Chien, a 35-year-old doctor from Queens, New York, according to Twin Galaxies .
Chien scored 1,068,000 points in less than three hours, enough to reclaim the high score after losing the title of King of Kong to Billy Mitchell, who himself was ousted by Steve Wiebe.
"Although I was excited to reclaim [the high score], nothing beats the first time," Chien said in an interview with Twin Galaxies, the self-proclaimed world authority on player rankings, gaming statistics, and championship tournaments. "Of course it was harder this time, however I have gotten better since last time so relatively speaking it was a bit easier."
If any of these names sound familiar, then you probably watched the 2007 documentary " The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters ." The flick follows Wiebe as he tries to get the high score in Donkey Kong, while also illuminating viewers on the whole culture of arcade games and Twin Galaxies.
For now at least, Chien can celebrate his achievement, but he knows it probably long last long.
"I know that the current score still has much room for improvement, so it is likely that this back and forth will continue for a while longer," Chien said.