Minecraft now holds 12 world records, according to the Guinness Book of World Records 2015: Gamer’s Edition. That said, half of them are specifically related to the game, so it wasn’t really a competition. Even so, it’s an impressive collection.
Let’s get the game-specific ones out of the way first:
- Austrian gamer Martin Fornleitner holds the record for Longest Marathon on Minecraft, with 24 hours and 10 minutes (on a Sony Xperia Play handset!)
- 2,622 players joined a server run by Yogscast to take the Most Concurrent Players in One Minecraft World title
- Nachtigall Vaz took home the Most Minecraft Snow Golems Built in One Minute crown – 70
- The Dropper, a mod where you try to avoid obstacles as you fall through the world, is the Most-Downloaded Minecraft Project with 1,145,546 downloads
- The Longest Journey in Minecraft goes to Kurt J. Mac, who travelled 919,592 miles in the game’s Survival mode, all for charity.
- The UK Ordinance Survey created a map of Britain and its islands to become the Largest Real-World Place Created in Minecraft – 22 million blocks, representing 86 square miles of land (each block represents 538 square feet).
Looking at the broader picture, there are also a number of records that were open to all games – and Minecraft took home six of them, too.
- Best-Selling Indie Game: Minecraft has officially sold more than 16,176,201 copies on PC and Mac (the official count now stands at “over 18 million”). This does not count console versions of the game, which had publishers attached.
- Most Popular Game Beta: More than 10 million gamers tried out the game’s beta mode between December 20, 2010 and November 18, 2011.
- Most-Played Xbox Live Game: According to numbers from May 2014, Xbox 360 gamers have spent 1.75 billion hours – that’s 199,722 years – playing Minecraft.
- Most-Viewed Fan Film Based on a Video Game: CaptainSparklez’ creation “Revenge – A Minecraft Parody of Usher’s DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love – Crafted Using Noteblocks” took the record with 139,888,399 views – a number that’s still climbing.
- Largest Indie Game Convention: 7,500 people attended MineCon 2013.
- First Country Modelled at Full Scale in a Video Game: To outdo the British, the Danish Geodata Agency released a 1:1 scale of Denmark. 16,602 square miles of country were lovingly recreated in Minecraft, including every building and feature. It contains 4 billion blocks.
Every year since 2008, the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamers’ Edition is packed with interesting little games-related bits and pieces – there’s enough nerdy content now to fill its own book, rather than being squished in with the “Most car parts eaten in one sitting” listings…
For more information on the book – including where you can get your own copy (or how to be included!) – head to GuinnessWorldRecords.com.