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New "Perfect Game" Donkey Kong Record May Be Unbeatable (polygon.com) 77

An anonymous reader writes: Standing in front on a Donkey Kong arcade cabinet, Wes Copeland set a new all-time high score on Thursday, playing Donkey Kong for 3 hours, 20 minutes, and scoring 1,218,000 points."It's how he took the title, though that's so staggering," reports Polygon. "Copeland did not lose a single Mario in the game. He took his first life all the way from the first level all the way to the end, cashing in the extra lives to obliterate all comers." Since the game ends after 22 levels, it will be difficult to surpass Copeland's "perfect game".

For comparison, Steve Wiebe set a high score in 2007 with just 695,500 points in the documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," eventually bumping his score up to 1,064,500 by 2010. But Thursday, posting a picture of his new high score on Facebook, Copeland announced that "This will be my last record score. I don't believe I can put up a game any higher than this."

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New "Perfect Game" Donkey Kong Record May Be Unbeatable

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  • Meh. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by meerling ( 1487879 ) on Sunday May 08, 2016 @03:00PM (#52071871)
    I've given up caring about other peoples video game high scores when all the cheating started to really heat up.
    If you're interested in that kind of drama, I'm sure you could google it pretty easily.
    Though back in the 80s I did meet and have lunch with the world champ of Asteroids at that time. He had so many free lives, we walked over to the cafe, had lunch, and when we got back to the machine, it was still going!

    (Cue the immature fools with a worse sense of humor than mine to start up the asteroids jokes now...)
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Am I trippin? In the video of the feat, he eats a fire barrel at 3:12:45. Does that not count?

    • by Sowelu ( 713889 ) on Sunday May 08, 2016 @03:12PM (#52071915)

      Oh! I think I see what's going on. The game only has 22 levels, and you are not directly awarded extra points for extra lives remaining. Instead, if you run out the clock on a life and score all possible points, then you've converted that extra life into points. So get to the end, blow all but the final life getting points, and finally complete the game. Confusingly written, but correct play.

      • Thanks for clarifying that they have to die to convert the lives into points but the OP's reference to 22 levels still seems to be completely irrelevant or at least lacking any context for why it is important.

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo&world3,net> on Monday May 09, 2016 @02:52AM (#52073951) Homepage Journal

          The 22nd level is a "kill screen". Due to a bug in the game it can't be completed because the time limit for the level is too short to finish it. Many games of that era had similar bugs due to either a lack of testing or the developers thinking that people simply would never get that far. PacMan is probably the most well known example, with level 255 being corrupt and impossible to complete.

          • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

            PacMan is probably the most well known example, with level 255 being corrupt and impossible to complete.

            I thought it was level 256, for obvious reasons (the level counter wrapped so there was no actual level 0).

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Am I trippin? In the video of the feat, he eats a fire barrel at 3:12:45. Does that not count?

      You watched it in it's entirety?

      Yeah, you're trippin'.

      • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

        You watched it in it's entirety?

        I noticed that point of the game too. I watched most of the first level of play, then skipped to a random spot close to the end just before the 3:12:45 point.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      http://donhodges.com/how_high_can_you_get.htm

  • by Sowelu ( 713889 ) on Sunday May 08, 2016 @03:08PM (#52071901)

    If it's beatable, then it's not a perfect game.

    • Level 22 is a kill screen. It's just a question of how many points you get before getting there (if you get there) and, apparently, there (when you get there).

  • While he never died, I am sure the same feat could be replicated faster, or take longer and get more points for jumping over barrels/etc.

  • I would strongly recommend this documentary. Absolutely compelling.

  • by aglider ( 2435074 ) on Monday May 09, 2016 @12:21AM (#52073709) Homepage
    This is the real news here!
  • Mario who? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by UberVegeta ( 3450067 ) on Monday May 09, 2016 @05:20AM (#52074293)

    "Didn't lose a single Mario"

    Who the hell is Mario? This is Donkey Kong. Did you mean Jumpman?

  • I think I see him lose one life at least just before he finished.

  • So Donkey Kong got hacked you say? And the playing was faked? How interesting.

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