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Steve Wiebe is my Hero

December 17, 2007

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It takes a certain kinda guy to stand in the face of adversity while a conspiracy unfolds around him.  It takes another kinda guy to not even realize that he has walked into a conspiracy even though he’s become a mortal enemy… if that makes any sense.

You see that guy up there?  The one right up at the top of this post?  That’s Steve Wiebe (Wee-Bee).   I just watched King of Kong for the first time the other day and I gotta say… wow.  I suddenly feel like cap’n cool next to most of the guys in that movie/documentary.

The gist, a guy is totally full of himself because he set the worlds record for highest score in Donkey Kong back in 1982 and up until 2005 it hadn’t been beaten.  Enter Steve Wiebe, guy was layed off from work and found himself with alot of time on his hands.  What does he do to pass the time?  He plays Donkey Kong.

I don’t want to ruin it for you but lets just say the guy is a contender for the title.  The journey he goes through, simply to just prove to himself that he can do something he set out to do, it’s nothing short of amazing.  To see the care free stride he takes in it all compared to the guys who live and breathe their high scores, it’s just amazing.  I highly recommend this movie.  Must see.

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One comment

  1. I enjoyed the movie and the attention it brought for Steve and classic gaming. That said it should be stressed that a lot of fradulent scores were accepted in the early days of competitive gaming (like Steve Sanders’ 3+ million claim on Donkey Kong as seen in the movie).

    Although Sanders stepped forward and learned from the experience, claims like this disenfranchised the legitimate scores of many. Twin Galaxies (the official body for video game high scores) has had to go the extra mile to ensure that all players are on a level playing field. Moreso now since most classic games are in the hands of private collectors (like Wiebe) and thus more subject to doctoring/tampering.

    So one should bear in the mind the 20+-year history of Twin Galaxies’ quest to ensure scores submitted are legitimate and what is seen in the film is more for that goal versus simply to protect a “favorite son.” I for one say – and I am NOT a Twin Galaxies employee by the way – may the best player win….



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