[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition launches today and feature a list of games who have broken several records.
Included in the long list of records broken are Largest Collection of Video Games, Longest Marathon on a Dance Game, Fastest Game to Gross $1 Billion and Record-Breaking Scores on PAC Man & Angry Birds.
43 year old Michael Thomasson, pictured above, was recognised as the owner of the Largest Video Game Collection, owning a staggering 10,607 games estimated to be worth $700,000. Michael, a video game history and design teacher at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, started collecting games when he was just 12 years old and was given “Cosmic Avengers” for the Colecovision. In 1989 he sold his collection to buy a Sega Genesis and again in 1998 to pay for his wedding. Since then he began collecting games again, buying on average two games per day on a $3,000 yearly budget.
37 year old Carrie Swidecki, also a teacher in Bakersfield, California, broke the Longest Marathon on a Dance Game, lasting a exhausting 49 hours, 3 minutes and 22 seconds on Just Dance 4. Commenting, she said: “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 videogames. I lost 75 pounds, went down 10 sizes, set 5 World Records. I have become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in schools.”
Another record breaker for length of a video game was Sean Grayson, who broke the Fastest Completion of Batman: Arkham City, beating the game in a shattering 2 hours, 3 minutes, 19 seconds. He said: “Some of the fights did not go well but I think that’s expected. I’m not actually Batman.”
A 24 year old brit won his own record for Record-Breaking Scores on PAC Man and Angry Birds. Stephen Kish, from Hove, East Sussex earned the world’s biggest PAC Man score with 5,555,552 points and the world’s biggest Angry Birds score with 37,510 points, on Level 1-1 of “Poached Eggs”.
Probably the most expected record breaker this year, Grand Theft Auto V broke the record for Fastest Game to Gross $1 billion. Rockstar Game’s open world action-adventure game launched on September 17th and sold 11.21 million units during its first 24 hours, generating $815.7 million in sales. It went on to break $1 billion just 2 days later breaking records set by The Avengers Assemble and Avatar.
Other records broke was GRID 2: Mono Edition for Most Expensive Video Game, costing a wallet-busting retail price of £125,000 in the UK. Steve Blum holds the record as Most Prolific Video Game Voice Actor, making 333 credited appearances, including Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us and Bioshock: Infinite, as of August 2013.
Minecraft currently holds the record as the Largest Playable Area in a Video Game, stretching an knee-busting 4,722,366,484,869,645 km², thanks to its endlessly generating land as you go further. And Tomb Raider remains as the Best-Selling Gaming Heroine, with lifetime sales totalling $35 million and also the Best-Selling Video Game Franchise with a Female Lead for Lara Croft.
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. What are the best-selling games ever? The most popular games of each genre? The highest scores ever? All these facts and more are at your fingertips with the new Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition book.”
Spreads on the most influential figures in the industry, voice acting, motion capture, production and design are also included in the latest edition, along with in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry. The book also names the Top 50 games according to fan votes.
The book is out now via all good book stores.