This week the Guinness Book of World Records gave out two videogame awards. The first went to Renos Georgiou, 16, and Lyndon Jones, 15, who got to rock out with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock in front of 9,600 fans at the Give It A Name Festival Sunday May 11, in Earls Court London. They were awarded certificates for “Largest Audience For A Videogame Performance.”
The previous title holder was set at the Download Festival, Donington, in 2007, when Guitar Hero III was played in front of 3,000 people. Renos and Lyndon’s performance of Guns ‘n Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” in cooperative mode on Expert difficulty more than tripled that, and will go down as the largest performance of a videogame to date.
The second record breaker was Grand Theft Auto IV, which sold 3.6 million units and earned $310 million in its first day of release. GTA4 is now hailed by Guinness Word Records as the “Highest Grossing Video Game in 24 Hours” and the “Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours.”
According to Guinness, here is how badly the competition was crushed:
- Fastest-selling video game in 24 hours: Halo 3 at $170 million
- Fastest-selling theatrical movie in 24 hours: Spider-Man 3 at $60 million
- Fastest-selling book in 24 hours: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows at $220 million
It’s great to see that a videogame has broken such a major record. The industry should be proud. Then again what other records have we broken? How many land fills did it take to get rid of all the E.T. carts again?
For more world gaming records, Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008 is on shelves now.