The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2016 will launch September 10, it has been announced. The ninth edition of the gaming annual contains a 22 page Minecraft section, as well a records set in titles both old and new.
I got my hands on an early copy, and I must say it’s full of some really interesting gaming titbits I never knew (Crash Bandicoot was almost called Willie the Wombat), along with records that don’t seem physically possible. It looks pretty good on your coffee table too.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Fastest Level 60 in Diablo III – 15 minutes
Swedish gamer “Djhunterx” joined friend’s games as they completed certain quests – a technique known as “leeching” – on October 9, 2012.
Longest marathon in a soccer game
Chris Cook (not related to our Adam) played FIFA 15 for a staggering 48 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds to raise money for SpecialEffect. Unsurprisingly he had lost the feeling in his hands by the end.
Largest real-world place recreated in Minecraft
On September 23, 2014, the Ordnance Survey released a map of mainland Britain based on real data. The map represents 224,000 km² and required 83 billion blocks, each representing 25m².
Highest Metacritic rating
At 99, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time has the highest videogame rating on Metacritic, ahead of GTA IV, Soul Caliber and Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 which are all on 98.
Most main character death animations
The classic Resident Evil 4 contains at least 47 different ways for Leon S Kennedy to meet his maker.
Highest-altitude freefall videogame session
As part of the European launch of Skylanders: Trap Team, Activsion hired a groups of skydivers to play the game in freefall at 12,500 ft. How they didn’t lose the little figures is beyond me.