Alum sets sights on Kong Off 2012

Oct 30, 2012

Michael Groesbeck, Kettering class of 2002, is a wild card player in the 2012 Kong Off competition in November.

Michael GroesbeckKettering University alumnus Michael Groesbeck '02 will be competing in The Kong Off II Nov. 16-18 in Denver. The Kong Off is an annual competition spawned by the 2007 feature-length movie ‘King of Kong,’ “which increased the popularity of the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, and caused many competitive people to  attempt to break the holy grail of video game high scores...the Donkey Kong arcade high score,” according to Groesbeck.

The current world record holder, and Kong Off champion, is Harvard graduate Dr. Hank Chien, M.D. He scored 990,000 to win Kong Off in 2011. “I'm capable of beating that score, and thus will be competing as a wild card player in Denver,” said Groesbeck, whose current high score is 924,000. The top prize in Kong Off is $2,000. 

Being good at this game requires intelligence, comprehensive/critical thinking, patience and determination, said Groesbeck. “It's not an easy game, and I think that's part of the reason why the high score in this game is considered the holy grail of all video game high scores.”

Michael Groesbeck

A handful of reporters, bloggers and also a full film crew will be documenting the Kong Off II competition for footage to be used in a documentary called “The King of Arcades.”

Groesbeck earned his bachelor’s of science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 2002 and is currently employed at Takata.