Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition out now, amazing facts included

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The 2014 edition of the annual Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition book is out now and available at retailers, the publisher has announced, and includes a host of new records and feats that have been achieved over the last twelve months in the wonderful world of gaming.

Who has the largest collection of videogames in the world, with nearly 11 000 titles in his library? How long did the longest dance game marathon last? Who completed Batman: Arkham City in the shortest time? What is the highest ever score in Pac-Man? Who is the most prolific voice actor in videogames?

You can find out all of these facts (and much, much more) in the Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition… and below!


The book also includes articles on what Guinness deems to be “the most influential figures in the industry, voice acting, motion capture, production and design,” as well as interviews with industry personalities and the top 50 games of all time (according to fan solicited votes).

Here are just a few sample facts provided by Guinness to whet your appetite:

Largest Collection of Videogames: Michael Thomasson with 10,607 titles, estimated to be worth $700 000
Longest Marathon on a Dance Game: Carrie Swidecki at over 49 hours
Record-Breaking Scores on Pac-Man and Angry Birds: Stephen Kish with 5 555 552 points in Pac-Man and 37 510 points in Angry Birds (on Level 1-1 of ‘Poached Eggs’)
Fastest Completion of Batman: Arkham City: Sean “DarthKnight” Grayson at 2 hours, 3 minutes, 19 seconds

Here are a few more facts from the book to wrap your head around:

Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 2013) was released worldwide on 17 September 2013 and reached $1 billion (£624.45 million) in sales after just three days on 20 September 2013, making it also the fastest entertainment property of any kind to reach the $1 billion landmark.

Most expensive videogame

The most expensive videogame that is commercially available is GRID 2: Mono Edition (Codemasters, 2013), which retails in the UK for £125,000 ($190,100).

Most prolific videogame voice actor

The most prolific videogame voice actor is Steve Blum (USA), who has made 333 credited appearances as of 2 August 2013.

First in-game pizza delivery system

The earliest video game pizza delivery system appeared in EverQuest ll. In February 2005, game developers added a pizza delivery system for its players. By typing /pizza, players would be linked directly to the Pizza Hut ordering site. This was the first time that an MMORPG could accept orders for real world items.

First videogame to become a licensed bank

The Swedish MMORPG Entropia Universe became the first video game with a built-in bank in March 2009 when its application for a banking license was approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. As a result, the game’s currency, Project Entropia Dollars, has a real-world value on the stock exchange, currently fixed to the US dollar at a rate of 10 PED per $1US.

Most fish in a videogame

More than 8 billion fish were caught by RuneScape players in 2012. Game creator Jagex claims that, laid head to tail, these 8 billion fish would encircle the circumference of the world 20 times.

First scientific study of a chemical compound in a videogame

As part of the development of Command & Conquer 3, publisher EA commissioned scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, to come up with a plausible analysis of the game’s main resource, Tiberium. In the resultant paper, issued in 2006, the game’s executive producer Mike Verdu described Tiberium as a dense “dynamic proton lattice” held together by exotic heavy particles.

Largest playable area in a videogame

Minecraft holds the record for the largest land-based videogame area, as of 26 June 2013. Although Minecraft’s map is technically infinite – the further you go, the more land is generated – a hard limit on chunks (groupings of blocks) means a maximum possible world size of 4,722,366,482,869,645 km².

First videogame in space

Tetris for Game Boy (Nintendo, 1989) became the first videogame in space when Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov (b. 15 February 1944) packed for his 1993 mission aboard the Mir space station. The cartridge left Earth on the Soyuz TM-17 rocket on 1 July 1993 and returned 196 days 17 hours later, having orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times. Invented in the Soviet Union, Tetris was regarded as an apt game for the cosmonaut. Serebrov’s game was later auctioned off in Bonham’s 2011 Space History sale for the sum of $1,220.

Best-selling gaming heroine

With lifetime series sales swelling to 35 million following the release of the 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider remains the best-selling videogame franchise with a female lead.

Have you bought previous editions of the book?