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30 Great Gaming World Records

Feature: Bizarre, geeky and cool all at the same time

The Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition has just launched and if you're not a fan of the words largest, first and most, then this article might not be for you.

On the other hand, if you're interested in learning about the world's most technically advanced gaming set-up, about which country was the first to ban all videogames, or about which game was the first to be recognised as an official sport, then you should read on...

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Largest gathering of people dressed as game characters
On 18 March 2008, 80 people in full, glorious costume gathered on the Millenium Bridge, London, UK.

Largest mass-participation LAN party
The social aspect of gaming was evident at the largest mass-participation LAN party, where 203 gamers "partied" for 36 hours at NVISION 2008, San Jose, California, USA.

Largest cash prize won in a professional game tournament
In 2005, the CyberAthlete Professional League offered a prize fund of $1 million for a Painkiller tournament, in which Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel (USA) walked away with the largest cash prize won in a professional video game tournament - a first prize of $150,000 (£81,000)

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Largest collection of playable videogame systems
In the last decade, 33-year-old Richard Lecce (USA) has amassed the largest collection of playable videogame systems. The 483 pieces include 73 Game and Watches, 260 cartridge or CD-based systems and another 126 miscellaneous handheld games. He also owns 39 Game Boys and full sets of every game ever released for 12 systems, including the NES, Sega Master System and Atari 5200.

Most technically advanced gaming set-up
Jeremy R. Kipnis (USA) owns the largest, loudest and most expensive gaming set-up. It has taken 38 years of professional experience as an audio-visual engineer to collect the equipment and create an acoustically and optically ideal gaming room. At its loudest, the audio levels reach 132 decibels at one metre from each of the 8.8 surround sound channel arrays; the current screen is a 5.4m x 3m Stewart Snowmatte Unity Gain Laboratory Grade Motion Picture Screen.

Largest collection of Pokemon memorabilia
The largest collection of Pokemon memorabilia belongs to Belle Starenchak (USA), a.k.a. "PikaBelleChu", who has been collecting for over ten years and owns 5,435 items as of 1 April 2008. As well as a vast assortment of general Pokemon merchandise, she also owns a Volkswagen Beetle car kitted out to look like a Pikachumobile.

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First arcade game debated by government
In 1981, George Foulkes, the Labour MP for Ayrshire South, UK, tabled a private members' bill to have Space Invaders banned, citing a connection between gaming and child "deviancy". The "Control of Space Invaders (and other Electronic Games)" bill was debated for 22 minutes before being narrowly defeated by 114 votes to 94.

Longest continuous play of a first-person shooter
At the UK's largest multiplayer gaming event, i33, on 22 March 2008, all-girl gaming team the Frag Dolls continuously played the Xbox 360 version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 for 24h 4m, marking the longest recorded session playing a first-person shooter.

Longest game of Space Invaders
Between 29 August and 2 September 1980, Eric Furrer (Canada) set a world record for the longest marathon session of Space Invaders. The machine on which 12-year-old Furrer played was fitted with a special button that he used to pause the game for bathroom breaks, which no doubt helped him set his impressive record time of 38h 30m.

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