The world’s largest disco ball is more than 24 feet in diameter. The largest gold coin weighs 100 kilograms. Vincent Pilkington took one minute and thirty seconds to pluck a turkey. And now, six Dutch gamers have shattered the Guinness World Record for longest period of time playing a video game.
Sven de Vries, Renzo Bos, Robbie van Eijkeren, Marcel van Waardenburg and brothers Edward and Maykel Leest played for 50 hours solid (3,000 minutes) to completely smash the previous record – a mere 40 hours and 20 minutes, set just last year.
Every hour, for ten minutes, the gamers were allowed a 10 minute break for “humanitarian purposes” – that is, to go to the bathroom or have a snack (hopefully not simultaneously).
Gamers aren’t well known for their cooperation, and indeed, this one started as a competition – the six players were trying to determine which one would break the record as an individual. Soon though, they decided to band together and go for gold as a team – with the six players sharing a cash prize and having their names published in the next copy of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Not bad, but I reckon it won’t last long. 50 hours is nothing, right guys?
(Incidentally, the world’s longest tennis match was played earlier this month – a whopping 11 hours and 5 minutes – and the world’s largest salad was made recently: it weighed 29,579 pounds. That’s a lot of fibre.)