While E3 is generally a time of great joy in which the triumph of the human spirit is on display at every video game booth, for old-school video game legend Steve Wiebe, this year's E3 will forever be tinged with the bitter regret of having failed to earn the World Record at Donkey Kong.
Wiebe, whose previous Donkey Kong record attempts were chronicled in the documentary The King of Kong, was only around 60,000 points from the record in his heroic fourth and final E3 2009 game when he hit Donkey Kong's kill screen and was forced to give up the lives he had left. The final score: 989,400.
All of Wiebe's attempts were broadcast live on G4, including the tragic third try, where a power failure forced cyber-athlete Wiebe out of the game. Wiebe seemed to take the defeat graciously, like a true champion, and I have no doubt he'll be back again to challenge that accursed gorilla and his barrel-flinging ways...not to mention current record-holder Billy Mitchell.
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