- In a close second place was Robbie Lakeman, who managed an impressive 1,075,500 during the first half of the tourney, bumping up his personal best by 5,100 points (but not quite moving him up a place in the all-time rankings). Most assumed that Lakeman had the tournament locked up when his score came in, until McCrary's unprecedented run on the second day.
- McCrary's rise to 8th this weekend knocked Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell down another spot on the all-time scoreboard, to 11th and 12th respectively. Who could have predicted that less than a decade after The King of Kong both former champs would be pushed out of the top 10?
- In the days leading up to the tournament, the bounty on the world record received a $50 boost from competitor Daniel Desjardins, and then a mysterious "this tournament only" contribution of $1,000 from an anonymous donor, bringing the total pot to $1,300. The record was not broken, but it added heat to an exciting weekend.
- On a personal note, I was happy to redeem myself from my seriously lackluster Kong Off 3 showing by getting a new personal best high score of 911,700, which puts me in 30th place all time and 7th for the tourney (along with one of the two "mystery bounties" of $50, which were awarded randomly to 7th and 27th place). I've kill screened in each of the last three online tournaments, placing 8th, 6th, and 7th, respectively, and I feel pretty good about that. I'm holding my own in the "second tier"; now I just need to build the skill to compete with the best. Maybe one day I'll actually win one of these...
- Congratulations also to Jeremy Young, one of our ace score submission referees at Donkey Kong Forum, who achieved his first-ever kill screen during the weekend's action.
The Kong Off 4 Is A Go
Soon before the tournament began, Richie Knucklez debuted a Facebook page for the Kong Off 4. The next installment of classic gaming's biggest event will be held in New Jersey, and will depart from the usual "highest score wins" format with a bracket-style elimination tournament. Response from the community has been positive, and we are all excited to see how it will come together.
Online Open organizer Eric Tessler announced that the results of the weekend's tournament—the first in a series of six—would play into the Kong Off 4 seeding process, but further details have yet to be revealed.
Twin Galaxies Is Returning!
A funny thing happened after my most recent post (concerning the Donkey Kong Forum taking up the scorekeeping duties for the DK community in the wake of Twin Galaxies' apparent demise). Mere hours after the post went live, the following image appeared on the Twin Galaxies Facebook page:
The location on their "About" section was updated as well, with a new address based in North Hollywood.
Then, on March 4th, TG broke almost four months of total radio silence with the following status update:
The spirit of Twin Galaxies is quite alive and at the moment going through a significant restructuring period. Out of courtesy and respect for all involved parties and the community itself, no public announcements or details are currently being made available.
Please know that the frustration and lack of information that has been felt by the community for quite some time, has been felt by everyone involved, on all sides, one way or the other.
Resolution on all matters that involve this restructuring are being sought as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
It looks as though the phoenix of video game scorekeeping will, once again, be rising from the ashes!
The imminent re-emergence of Twin Galaxies, however, does not change the DK community's position that the Forum's scoreboard will continue to have primacy over TG's as far as our game is concerned. The high score list at DKF is still going to be the most complete, accurate, stable, transparent, timely, and easy to submit to, at least for the foreseeable future.
I am, nonetheless, happy to see TG stirring, and look forward to the day when we can submit scores there again.
Final Scoreboard and Prizes: Donkey Kong Online Open 2014, #1
|19||Jason Corey Brittain||544,700||300|
|Played But Did Not Submit (13)|
|N/A||Martin Andrew Laing||N/A||N/A|
|N/A||Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson||N/A||N/A|
|Registered But Did Not Play (21)|
|N/A||Craig Rout Gallant||N/A||N/A|
Total Entrants: 75 Total Active Players: 54 Total Submitting Players: 41
$200 1st - Dave McCrary (1,091,400)
$150 2nd - Robbie Lakeman (1,075,500)
$100 3rd - Steve Wiltshire (963,700)
$50 4th - Mike Groesbeck (953,800)
$25 5th - Tim Sczerby (934,700)
$50 Longest First Man - Ben Falls (57 boards)
$50 Longest Last Man - Steve Wiltshire (70 boards)
$50 Mystery Bounty #1 (7th place) - Chris Psaros (911,700)
$50 Mystery Bounty #2 (27th place) - Ken House (241,100)