I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that most people who saw Seth Gordon’s fantastic 2007 documentary, King of Kong (a film about two middle-aged men–a middle school teacher and a condiment magnate–duking it out for the Guinness World Record on Donkey Kong), were not quickly inspired to follow in the principal characters’ footsteps. Though respectfully portrayed, most of the people featured in the film are lovable losers, aging dorks, gamer geeks–and the addiction itself so all-consuming that it alienates even our hero from family, home and daily life.
But of course, someone did. Hank Chien, a 35-year-old plastic surgeon from New York, started playing the game after seeing the film. He recently broke the standing record, held by longtime recordholder Billy Mitchell, with 1,061,700 points in two and a half hours. The score was 10,000 higher than Mitchell’s.
Now, I applaud Chien for adding something new to his already illustrious resume and accomplishing in roughly two years what took other men a lifetime. But there’s something about this that strikes me as downright cruel. Look at Chien–he’s a winner! Kinda cute, prestigious job, two degrees from Harvard, an East Side apartment in Manhattan. This victory is just another notch on his excellence belt.
But the dudes he’s left in the dust have lost their only “big win.” What the hell are they gonna do now?
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