Redmond's 'King of Kong' gets international honor

Redmond's 'King of Kong' gets international honor »Play Video
Steve Wiebe, who soon will be inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame, plays Donkey Kong Junior in his garage.
REDMOND, Wash. - A mild-mannered teacher in Redmond is about to get a worldwide honor - he'll soon be inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame.

Steve Wiebe was chosen because he is one of the best in the world at Donkey Kong, the legendary arcade game from the 1980s.

So - even after three decades and millions of points - he's still far from "game over."

"The first time I actually played it, it was at like a Pizza Haven or something," says Steve, an algebra teacher at Finn Hill Junior High.

He's a former world record-holder who's been pressing the buttons for nearly 30 years. He was even featured in a hit documentary called "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters."

Steve is very focused on being the best at what he does - but most of the time the quiet teacher keeps his fame locked away.

He sits there in his garage, pushing buttons and racking up points on his own Donkey Kong arcade machines.

"I think my neighbor in the back alley way doesn't even know about this," he says.

But next month his fame will spread when he is presented a certificate by the International Video Game Hall of Fame during an official induction ceremony.

Steve says, "I couldn't believe it that there would be a Video Game Hall of Fame. You know, you've got your Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and you've got the NFL Hall of Fame."

The ceremony is set for Aug. 7.

After all these years, all those video game levels, is he tired of Donkey Kong yet?

"No, I still find new things with the game, even today," he says. "I'm hoping, if I keep playing, I'll get that record back, so that's my goal."

So he's not giving up even after he's a Hall of Famer.

"My hands have held up; my vision is fine, so I think I can play till I'm 80," he says.

And somewhere in a garage he probably will.