Gamer claims ‘Donkey Kong’ world record, ending plastic surgeon’s four-year reign

“Dr. Kong” has been defeated. Competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman has snatched the world record for the highest ever Donkey Kong score from Hank Chien. Chien, a plastic surgeon in New York, has held sole possession of the title for nearly four years — earning himself the nickname Dr. Kong. Late Thursday night, Lakeman completed a over three-hour session and earned a score of 1,141,800 — 3,200 points better than Chien’s prior record. The next day, according to Donkey Blog, he called Dr. Kong himself to tell him to relinquish his crown.

The world record for the original arcade version of Donkey Kong, dating from 1981, has been hotly contested for decades. Competitive players sink thousands of hours into mastering the game — and hoping for a…

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