Play Games for 50 Hours, Earn a World Record

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Play Games for 50 Hours, Earn a World Record

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A group of Dutch gamers have set a new world record for playing videogames by playing Red Dead Redemption for over two days straight.

Playing a videogame may seem like a strange way to go about attaining a world record, but it's a new claim to fame for six Dutch gamers. By playing Red Dead Redemption for 50 hours straight this past weekend, these gamers have earned recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as somewhat fabulous prizes.

Apparently the marathon event began as a competition at a Dixons store in the Netherlands, where the six gamers started out competing with one another. At some point, though, the group decided to make a collective go at the record. All six young men are going to receive the Guinness recognition, $1300 in prize money, and a Twistdock setup.

Previously, the world record for playing a videogame was a little over 40 hours, held by a gamer from India. The Dutch players, however, apparently played for 50 hours with no breaks (presumably, they were allowed to go to the bathroom and eat while they played), which is pretty remarkable. Not only that, but it looks like the guys enjoyed themselves the entire time. I can't go for more than about 30 hours of sleep before I feel an overwhelming need to crash, even with the aid of energy drinks.

Source: Video Games Blogger via Joystiq

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I'd like to see the specifications of what is and what is not elligible for this record because if I'm not mistaken the Loading Ready Run Group plays quite a bit more than this when they do Desert Bus for Hope every year, albeit not a good game, but a game and they have played more than 40 hours in a row.

I'm assuming this record is for consecutve play by an individual, not as a team, trading off, given that Desert Bus goes for 5+ days straight.

-m

50 hours? Call me crazy, but I think that's actually a lot lower than what I thought the record would be.

I could do that easily... in fact I'm pretty sure I do that all the time.

HungryHungryHobo:
I'd like to see the specifications of what is and what is not elligible for this record because if I'm not mistaken the Loading Ready Run Group plays quite a bit more than this when they do Desert Bus for Hope every year, albeit not a good game, but a game and they have played more than 40 hours in a row.

I agree on that...they should easilly take the prize!

I've done gaming binges about that long before, I should have been going for the record, an extra thousand bucks plus a world record would be kinda cool to have right now.

Yeah, I'm definitely sure I've gone longer than that. Hearts Of Iron II, summer of '07. I had an unbroken spell of 57 hours.

Fuck, I should have recorded it. I was in quite a state at the end though. I just wanted to sleep forever.

just 50 hours I've stayed up longer watching the Food channel...

Thats sad...

The real record is for "Longest Consecutive Video Game Playing After Inviting Guinness Record People to Watch"

The actual record is held by the entire nation of South Korea.

Get ready for me to break the "Longest Consecutive Video Game Playing After Setting Up Tripod Camera With Nightvision"

I could do that in... ummm... 51 hours at least!

I smell a record attempt by The Escapist

Yeah it should be very do-able, but usually people who play that long don't think about taking a shot at a world record so they don't get someone to witness the event.

Still: Yay my country holds a gaming world record :D

Furburt:
Yeah, I'm definitely sure I've gone longer than that. Hearts Of Iron II, summer of '07. I had an unbroken spell of 57 hours.

Fuck, I should have recorded it. I was in quite a state at the end though. I just wanted to sleep forever.

I've just come off Hoi2 after 5 hours, trying to defeat Russia as Italy is not easy. I shall continue after snacks and light beverages!

Ranooth:
I smell a record attempt by The Escapist

I take you up on that challenge.

OT: Congrats to them. I think we should all donate $100 to make James from LRR beat the record for DB4.

LordCuthberton:

Ranooth:
I smell a record attempt by The Escapist

I take you up on that challenge.

OT: Congrats to them. I think we should all donate $100 to make James from LRR beat the record for DB4.

I challenge thee to a 60 hour round of Pong!!

Sacman:
just 50 hours I've stayed up longer watching the Food channel...

Were you chained to the seat with your eyes clamped open? I could do that with Iron Chef or something similiar, but if it was DD&D or Semi-homemade, I'd wrist split long before I'd hit 50 hours.

If I tried gaming for that long now, my kids would beat me over the head. They have no sense of goals like this.

Bring it! I just bought Resonance of Fate. All I need is to set up a catheter system and get about 5 gallons of soda and 10 boxes of cheez-its, ho-hos, and oreos.

Now I have to figure out how to deal with the eye melting that will set in after 30 hours. Wow, those guys must have been bleeding out of their eyes after that.

longest i have gone on playing a game was when wow :WOTLK came out. Rolled a Dk spent the next 3 days trying to get server first 80 DK. Unfortunately while questing in sholazar basin (was Lv77) someone got it and i lost all motivation to keep going and went to bed.

Please. Most Civ players in the 90s beat that...

..except they didn't realize it until after the game ended.

I believe that all those people who died after playing 7 days of WoW should have the record...

Eh... I could do that I think. I would be the most worthless pile of **** for the following week or so, but I'm pretty sure I've stayed up 35-36 hours in a row doing stuff I didn't enjoy. Just give me FFVI and something to eat every 12-16 hours...

P.S. I fully realize how pathetic this is.

... I did that last week. I actually did just about three days...

I HATE MY LIFE *cries*

Nah, i'm kidding, i couldn't be arsed to be watched by people the entire time. So they deserve it.

This is a record? I thought it was merely a rite of passage for gamers.

I could totally do this but what game...Spore would be good if space stage didn't suck. I need a constantly evolving RTS type game. Civilization ends so no. Creatures would work but I would probably get bored splicing monstrosities and releasing piranhas to see the "effect" On water enviroments.

I think any of us could do this. 50 hours no problem, as long as i can switch out games whenever. if i have to sit and play one game for fifty hours that would be pretty difficult, only RPG lovers could do that. Unless a new MGS game comes out, i know i play 4 in excess of 30 hours. whats the longest anybody else has played one game?

THAT is a world record? You have to be kidding me. I played Mass Effect 1 for 69 hours* straight, stopping only to take a piss or refill my water bottle (not to get stuff to eat though, I had a loaf of bread on my desk).

So all I need to do to beat that is to record the attempt and send it in right? I'll get right on that.

* please don't talk about the number of hours, I didn't plan it I swear.

The Chemist:
I think any of us could do this.

Not me. I wouldn't even be able to play a game for five hours without at least a few short breaks. No matter how good the game is I'm playing, I will always get enough of it when I play for too long consecutively. Please don't tell me I'm the only one.

after 30 hours are gone, the remaining 20 aren't that bad... other than avoiding hand cramp, it's not really that impressive, oh wow, they sat around for 50 hours moving their thumbs *applaud* I got up, did nothing for a day, couldnt get sleep, went out, got into a 1 on 8 fight (*sigh, chavs*) went town with friends, went home with friends and watched films with them over night, went back to town the next morning took an 80 mile round coach trip and went ice skating, then came home and didnt go sleep till midnight, without energy drinks >.>

i reckon if i wanted to, i could do this...

I played through Mass Effect 2 twice (once as my male Sheperd, once and my female Sheperd) for a grand total of 62 hours and 14 minutes total play time straight through, from launch day. Felt like death on toast that weekend but it was so worth it. /huggles Mass Effect

ProfessorLayton:
I could do that easily... in fact I'm pretty sure I do that all the time.

I've done over 40 hours before.

Grr. Should've filmed it. But hey, the biggest problem for me would be my mum telling me to go to bed.

Reading whats been written coupled with my own opinion, i think that 50hours isn't impressive. It's barely even decent. I know times when me and a group of friends have been on 37 hour game binge, and that's without even trying.
-I'm a student, way too much spare time.
So i think after this announcement the record will be smashed alot. It's an easy thing to do and that's a pathetic time which is a near insult to gamers around the world.

IamQ:
50 hours? Call me crazy, but I think that's actually a lot lower than what I thought the record would be.

Isn't it? Im fairly sure I came close to that on WotLK's release... and that wasnt even trying.

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