New Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition out today, includes Largest Collection of Videogames award

Guinness World Records has announced that the new Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition book is out today, highlighting all the crazy feats and accomplishments us gamers have achieved within the past year.

One award recognizes Michael Thomasson as the owner of the largest videogame collection in the world (that’s him smiling the widest grin in the universe up above). A 43-year-old teacher of videogame design and history in Buffalo, Michael has more games than you do in his collection: a whopping 10,607 titles! The crazy part? Michael started his collection at 12, and sold off his collection twice before amassing all the games he has now (the first time he did it to get a Genesis and the second time he did it to pay for his wedding, which are the only two valid reasons for selling a crazy game collection). Mr. Thomasson bought an average of two games a day with a $3,000 per year budget, which makes him some kind of superhero. Mike’s collection is worth an estimated $700,000, which he can use for multiple honeymoons if he so desires.

Another award goes to 37 year-old Carrie Swidecki, who holds the record for Longest Marathon on a Dance Game. Also a teacher, Carrie played the rhythm game Just Dance 4 for 49 hours, 3 minutes, 22 seconds. Quite an achievement, seeing as how I usually pass out after 5 songs. An advocate for combining exercising and gaming, Carrie shared these words about her accomplishment:

“I never want to wake up from this dream! 13 years ago I was 210 pounds, and then I discovered how easy it was to exercise using videogames. I lost 75 pounds, went down 10 sizes, set 5 World Records. I have become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in schools!”

Going from marathons to speed runs, Sean “DarthKnight” Grayson won the award for Fastest Completion of Batman: Arkham City, annihilating the game in an impressive 2 hours, 3 minutes, 19 seconds. Sean reflected on his performance, saying: “Some of the fights did not go well, but I think that’s expected. I’m not actually Batman.” Just something the REAL Batman would say. I am on to you, Sean.

Stephen Kish from Hove, East Sussex, got the high score on two popular titles: Pac-Man with 5,555,552 points, and Angry Birds with 37,510 points recorded on Level 1-1 of “Poached Eggs.” Britain REPRESENT.

One last highlight, and it involves Grand Theft Auto V. The action game sold 11.21 million units in its first 24 hours, and made $1 billion in sales after just three days of being on sale. It is the fastest game to gross that amount of cheddah, beating the Call of Duty series and the films Avatar and The Avengers.

Stephen Fall, Guinness World Records Managing Editor, poured lavish praise on his book, proclaiming:

“For this year’s Gamer’s Edition, we decided to deliver the solid facts and fundamentals of gaming that enthusiasts demand to know. What are the best-selling games ever? The most popular games of each genre? The highest scores ever? All these facts and more are at your fingertips with the new Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition book.”

If any of you readers are interested in this book, you can get a plethora of info here. Congratulations to all the various winners from all over the globe!

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