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King of Kong, MD: Plastic surgeon breaks Donkey Kong world-record

In case you missed the news, the world record for highest score achieved on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong has been broken.

New York-based plastic surgeon Hank Chien, MD, scored 1,061,700 points in 2 hours, 35 minutes, breaking the previous record set in 2007.

Kevin Pho, MD, commented in a post today that Chien's accomplishment may strengthen previous studies showing a direct correlation between gaming and proficiency in laparoscopic surgery.

The feat does lend some anecdotal support linking video games and the hand-eye coordination required for surgery. There are small studies linking the laparoscopic skill of surgeons with how well they do on video games.

If you're wondering why a plastic surgeon would buy an arcade version of Donkey Kong and spend his nights playing the machine, watch the above clip from the 2007 documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. The film inspired Chien to dedicate six months of his life to winning the King of Kong title.

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