Guinness World Records has been around since 1955. Today, the world’s most well-known record compendium is constantly finding ways to innovate. And that’s why starting in 2008, Guinness began publishing the “gamer’s edition” of Guinness World Records.
Well, the 2015 version of Guinness’s gamer edition just came out, and it teaches us a lot of amazing things about the state of the gaming world today. I took a quick scan through the book to find the top 10 most amazing things we discovered in gaming over the past year:
10) First game to reach 1 billion downloads: Angry Birds
9) Longest video game marathon in Minecraft: 24 hours and 10 minutes (that’s it?!)
8) Largest collection of Tomb Raider memorabilia: A Spanish dude named Rodrigo Martin Santos who owns 2,383 Tomb Raider-related items
7) Highest margin of victory against the computer in FIFA World Cup 2014: 321-0, a record set by a 19-year old from Germany. Is it really a coincidence that Germany won the World Cup when they can dominate both on the pitch and in the living room?
6) Longest Final Fantasy marathon: 38 hours, 6 minutes
5) Biggest cash prize ever awarded at a gaming tournament: $4.8 million won in a DotA 2 tournament in Seattle
4) First country modelled at full-scale in a video game: Denmark, which received a 1:1 scale remake in Minecraft
3) Most costly game of Pac-Man: The Pac-Man Google Doodle, which people played for a total of 500,000,000 hours during normal working hours, costing businesses around the world an estimated $100 million
2) Bestselling eighth-generation console: PlayStation 4
1) Most popular virtual dog on Twitter: @CollarDuty, a Twitter account for Riley the German shepherd from Call of Duty: Ghosts, who has over 28,000 followers (and hasn’t tweeted since July 2014).
The self-proclaimed “gaming bible” can be found at your local bookstore! And yes, if you buy the original Guinness Book of World Records, you’ll find a little bit of gaming information in there, too.