This has me excited. I don't know if all of you have seen King of Kong, but if you haven't you need to do so. It is a documentary chronicling the journey of Steve Weibe as he attempts to break the world record on Donkey Kong. It is simply fascinating.
Steve has had the most difficult time in attempting to gain recognition for the highest score in Donkey Kong. Steve video tapes himself achieving a high score of over 1,000,000 in his garage which topped the previous high score of 874,300. Soon after that the score was taken away from him because Twin Galaxies deemed that the board he played on wasn't a legitimate board.
At that point Steve went to FunSpot, the arcade that has become the center of competitive retro gaming. Steve beat the world record with 985,600 points and reached the kill screen, being the third person to ever do so. But literally hours after he achieved this score a tape from Bill Mitchell, the dude that holds the record, came in that showed him getting a score of 1,047,200 just barely beating Weibe.
Right now Mitchell has the record with 1,050,200 points and Weibe trailing by only 1,100 points at 1,049,100 points. One thing to note, Weibe's high score was witnessed in person by a crowd of people when Mitchell's was submitted via video tape. Steve hopes to break the high score once and for all in Las Vegas tomorrow and I am rooting for him.