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Guinness pours out its video game World Records

Grand Theft Auto and an endurance dancer get gongs
Fri Jan 03 2014, 11:26

ACHIEVEMENT CATALOGUER the Guinness World Records has published a list of games achievements and awards for ceiling-smashing titles like Grand Theft Auto 5.

The Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition has space for the Rockstar crime-sim, saying that it is the fastest selling game title to make £1bn in sales, which it achieved in just a few days.

Guinness World Records managing editor Stephen Fall said, "For this year's Gamer's Edition, we decided to deliver the solid facts and fundamentals of gaming that enthusiasts demand to know.

Also recognised in the records book is 43 year old American Michael Thomasson, who has the Largest Video game Collection in the world. Thomasson has 10,607 games in his collection, and has had to replace it twice in the past.

Apparently he spends $3,000 a year on games and games systems and has a storeroom worth $700,000. He has sold his collection twice before, once to pay for a Sega Genesis and once to pay for his wedding.

37 year-old Carrie Swidecki, a teacher from Bakersfield, California, is represented and applauded for playing a game of Just Dance 4 for an amazing 49 hours. She is the holder of the record for the Longest Marathon on a Dance Game, and makes us tired just thinking about her.

"I never want to wake up from this dream! 13 years ago I was 210 pounds, and then I discovered how easy it was to exercise using video games. I lost 75 pounds, went down 10 sizes, [and] set [five] World Records," said Swidecki. "I have become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in schools!"

More graspable an achievement is speed playing of games. Here Sean "Darthknight" Grayson is all smiles, having been credited with a record for Fastest Completion of Batman: Arkham City. He took just over two minutes to complete the game. µ


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