Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Steve Wiebe, the ‘King of Kong’ Attempts New Record this Weekend

Steve Wiebe, the King of Kong, goes for a new record
this weekend at GameWorks in Seattle.
Photo: Steve Wiebe

If you were to meet Steve Wiebe off the street, he wouldn’t appear much different than your average Joe, but he is actually quite famous in certain circles. He was featured in the documentary, “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” in which he competed for the highest school for playing the video game, Donkey Kong.

“The movie definitely has changed my life,” says Wiebe on his website. “ I’ve been blessed by God in so many ways before, during, and after the movie.  I have been on the Hollywood set of Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn and have played a drum solo at a My Chemical Romance concert.  I have met several amazing people and been to so many amazing places through this whole experience.  It’s hard to believe that the 80’s video game, Donkey Kong, started this adventure.”

The Seattle native isn’t through with fame just yet. He is scheduled to play the 8-bit Fix-It Felix game at the PAX Prime event this weekend shooting for a new high score. If a participant has the skill to beat his score, he/she can win a special private 3D advance screening of the new Disney film, “Wreck It Ralph” with 100 friends.

PAX Prime is expecting more than 70,000 consumer video gaming conference attendees. All of them and the Seattle public have the chance beat Wiebe’s score through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2012. In addition, attendees can download the Fix-It Felix, Jr. mobile game from the App Store for their mobile devices. Wiebe will have from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on August 31 at GameWorks Seattle to set the new high score. GameWorks is located at 511 7th Avenue, Seattle 98101.

Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the old school video games featured in “Wreck It Ralph” which opens in theatres November 2, 2012.

In addition to video games, Wiebe keeps busy with other ventures. He has just recently completed his debut CD, titled “The King of Song” which took ten years to create. The Contemporary Christian album features 11 tracks that include the songs, “Are You Ready?” and “Saved,” which were both in “The King of Kong” documentary. “Even though Donkey Kong has been very good to me, I’ve always held true to the dream of being a professional musician someday, not necessarily a professional gamer. This experience has paralleled my Donkey Kong journey in so many aspects that I could easily write a novel chronicling this journey as well.   And those events are just in his free time. “I’m currently teaching math and robotics at Finn Hill Junior High School in Kirkland, Washington.  I can honestly say that it’s a very rewarding profession.” (Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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