Guinness World Records - Officially Amazing

Incredible new FIFA and Call of Duty gaming feats among those to appear in Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition

 
 
 
 
 
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Guinness World Records, can today reveal some of the latest and greatest gaming achievements ito feature n the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, which is out today. 

Incredible new feats recognised in the best-selling videogame series include the Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA, Highest Earning Call of Duty Player and the Smallest Arcade Machine.

31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised for having the world's Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia,with 8,030 items of merchandise. 

Brett, a web designer, was given his first item (a Mario figurine) by his parents when he was just 8 years-old, however he only started collecting 12 years ago when he "discovered eBay". 

In that period he has amassed a collection worth in excess of $100k.  Brett, who is married with children, says: "Many of my friends know I'm a gamer, but I guess after this they'll realise just how passionate and obsessed I am!"

On the other end of the scale is the world's Smallest Arcade Machine, which stands at just 124 x 52 x 60 mm (4.88 x 2.05 x 2.36 in). 

The ultimate geek's toy has been created by 30-year-old Mark Slevinsky.  The Computer Engineer from Alberta, Canada took six months to design and build the fully playable device. 

The next challenge for Mark is fatherhood - "My wife and I are expecting our first child (a son) any day now - he'll be the right size to play the arcade machine!" 

Twenty-one-year-old Will Johnson from Arkansas, USA, has gone one step further and turned his passion into a hugely lucrative career. 

Will, known on the gaming circuit as "BigTymer", has become the Highest-Earning Call of Duty Player. 

Between 2009 and 2012 the First Person Shooter Pro made $135,000 (£83,000) from winning four different Call of Duty titles on the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit. 

Will says that "it's perfect to have solid proof that I am the best in the world at a craft I've spent years working on". 

However, despite his fame and fortune the American admits that he may have to cut down the amount he plays games "or I risk losing my girlfriend!"

British talent is also recognised in the videogames almanac. 

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Gaby from Bushey, this year achieved theHighest Margin of Victory on FIFA. 

Soccer-mad Jacob was challenged by his brother to see how many goals he could score against the computer.  By half-time he had scored over 100 goals, and by the full-time whistle he had set a new record winning 189-0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC.  Jacob, who spends around seven hours a week playing FIFA, says: "It's incredible to have the record, but I can't let it go to my head - I've got my school exams coming up!"

Welshman Jann Mardenborough is another to be recognised.  Aged 19 he became the Youngest GT Academy Winner

He won the initiative set up by Nissan and PlayStation to bring together the best gamers and give them a chance to drive a professional racing car.

Jann has since got his international racing licence and drives for Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Other incredible feats recognised in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition this year include Canada's Chris Gloyd and Timothy Bell who achieved the Longest Gaming Marathon.  The pair lasted an eye-watering 120 hours and 7 minutes on the Resistance series. 

85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin, USA, proves that age is no factor in gaming as he is recorded as having achieved over 14,000 perfect games on Wii Sports Bowling, making him the Oldest Gaming Record Holder

Interesting trivia also comes thick and fast in the new book too.  South Korea makes it into the book for being the First Country to Ban In-Game Sales

In the summer of 2012 South Korea made virtual item sales illegal.

The fine for breaking this new law was set at 50 million South Korean won (£28,000).

Gamer's Edition Writer, Kevin Lynch, says: "It's been a fantastic year for gaming, with incredible records broken by players from all walks of life. Gaming is a hugely important part of popular culture and this year's Gamer's Edition reflects that".

As well as records, Gamer's Edition 2013 is full of interesting features including Comic Books and Gaming, looking at the relationship between the two mediums; The Top 50 Videogame Villains Of All Time, as voted by over 6,000 gamers;

Celebrity Gamers, find out what the stars play at home; and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.

Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2013 is out now - for more information and where to buy the book click here.

 

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