Donkey Kong

The second-most famous kill screen in all of gaming was popularized by the 2007 documentary The King of Kong, which shows Steve Weibe’s memorable journey to beat Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high score. While the error occurs once the level counter reads “22,” you actually have to beat 117 “screens” before an overflow error messes up the bonus counter and internal timer, leaving you without enough time to even make it up past the second girder. Only a few people in the world are able to consistently reach this screen, but even then, there’s no known upper limit to the score you can obtain in those 117 screens, thanks to the role of luck and ever-evolving point-hoarding strategies.

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