Elite gamers set world record playing video games for 50 hours

Friday, January 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - Three elite gamers have collectively set five Guinness World Records by playing video games for 50 hours and one minute.


David Dino, Sean Crowley and Lauren Guiliano were awarded certificates after they played at the PlayStation Lounge at the Sony Style Store in New York City.

The event was partially intended to promote both a new Guinness book, ‘Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition’, and a new Sony PlayStation game, ‘Little Big Planet 2′.

The records set included one specifically for the Longest Marathon Playing ‘Little Big Planet 2′ (50 hours, one minute), as well as Longest Marathon Playing a Platform Video Game (also 50 hours, one minute).

And also Most Video Game Genres Played in One Video Game in 24 Hours (38), Most User-Generated Video Game Levels Played in 24 Hours (272), and Most User-Generated Video Game Levels Played in a Marathon (586).

For Dino, 29, who works in a hospital as a performance improvement analyst, the whole event was a way to see just what kind of stuff he was made of.

“I want to see just how resilient I could be. Doing this is a way to show myself I can follow through with what I started,” AOL News quoted him as saying.

In addition to the intrepid trio, local supporters took turns playing as well, and the overall camaraderie, the feeling that people were banding together to do something really great, really impressed Guinness representative Stuart Claxton.

“They really approached the record in unison even though they didn’t know each other,” he said.

Claxton has seen his share of world record attempts and says marathons are particularly tricky.

“Any marathon requires pacing, and these three maintained the momentum throughout the event. This is about stamina,” he stated. (ANI)

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