split image of Barnabas playing World of Warcraft

After playing World of Warcraft continuously for 59 hours 20 minutes – almost two and a half days – Barnabás Vujity-Zsolnay from Hungary has broken the record for the longest videogame marathon playing an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

Barnabás, who works as a chef in Budapest, beat the previous record by 23 hours 31 minutes.

His achievement also earned him a second Guinness World Records title for the longest videogame marathon playing World of Warcraft.

Barnabás’s entire record attempt was live streamed from the studio of Hungarian gaming website esport1.hu, with all proceeds from the stream being donated to charity.

Barnabas playing world of warcraft

World of Warcraft, similar to other MMORPGs, allows players to create a character and explore a virtual world where they can fight monsters and complete quests with other players.

Barnabás passed the time by clearing dungeons with his friends, as well as battling other players in designated arenas. 

However, after playing for 30 hours, he says he began to get bored as he’d run out of things to do, and around the 45-hour mark, he began to hallucinate.

“I noticed mild hallucinations starting to form,” he recalls. “It was funny but also hard to concentrate while live streaming.”

Barnabas posing with world of warcraft merch

As per the rules of every ‘longest marathon’ record, Barnabás accrued five minutes of rest time after every continuous hour of playing. Only during these breaks could he eat, nap, or use the bathroom.

Barnabás says it was “really hard to cope” with fatigue, but he never felt it necessary to consume any caffeine, instead opting for water only. He estimates that he drank around 15 litres over the course of his record attempt.

Barnabás is no stranger to marathon gaming sessions – he’s been playing World of Warcraft religiously for over a decade, and as a teenager he would often play for up to 10 hours on weekdays and 16 hours on weekends. 

“I don't regret it and I don't recommend it,” he said, speaking about all the time he’s dedicated to the game over the years. 

“I love the game and I will retake the record if it’s beaten. This is mine for life – I want everyone to know that.”

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