- 47: Highest-altitude game console session on land
William Cruz played Far Cry 4 at a height of 5,660 m (18,569 ft) at Kala Patthar in Nepal. I like this record as it shows a gamer in the real world – and in a very specific location – and contrasts nicely with…
- 147: Highest-altitude freefall videogame session
A team of skydivers played Skylanders: Trap Team at a height of 12,5000 (3,810 m). Quite difficult to do! This is another fun record that gets gaming out of the home/bedroom and into the real world. Can it ever be beaten? Hope so. I am pushing for more records with this sort of human-interest angle.
- 64: Highest-earning female gamer
Kat Gunn is likely to be popular with our readers! As well as being a hugely impressive record – no other female gamer has earned more than her $122,000 – it’s also a spectacular photo-shoot, in which we mock-up Halo in an actual environment. One of the best we have done.
- 95: Most prolific videogame voice actor
Steve Blum just keeps on bettering his own record. He has now voiced at least 354 different videogames, with plenty more lined up. A good aspirational figure for people who want to work in the gaming world.
- 104: Farthest distance ridden on a pig in Minecraft
This slightly absurd record gives a hint at the joy of Minecraft’s open-ended nature. You can build worlds or play to survive… or you can ride a pig as far as you like. In this instance, L J Pegross travelled 667 km (414 miles) with the use of said animal. I hope it will make people smile – and also have a go at beating it.
- Most concurrent viewers for an eSports tournament (League of Legends 2014)
It’s essential to get some eSports in here, and the final of the League of Legends World Championship on 19 October 2014 attracted 11.2 million concurrent viewers. The final also had a live spectator audience of 40,000 in the Seoul World Cup Stadium in South Korea (a record we additionally awarded as ‘Largest attendance for a League of Legends tournament’. However, this is also probably the largest live attendance for any eSports match ever, we just couldn’t verify it)
- 163: Most difficult version of Tetris
Classic record from a classic game and also celebrates creativity. Federico Poloni programmed Tetriswith an algorithm that analyses the board and then selects the worst possible piece for the gamer to have to insert, making the game incredibly challenging to play. We call it a “twisted creation”, as this was done deliberately to frustrate the player.
- 170: Most awards won by a videogame prior to release
The Witcheris a new game for Gamer’s, i.e., it hasn’t had its own spread before. This is an impressive record: The Witcher III won an amazing 206 awards before it was even out.
- 176–177: Largest arcade machine
Simply because it’s a lovely-looking thing.
- Most crowdfunded videogame (Star Citizen – also holds the overall record for most crowd-funded project)
$80,258,608 (£52,745,673.86) from 881,275 fans – IMPRESSIVE!
- Largest life-sized PAC-Man maze
A nice real-world record. This was created for a Bud Light TV spot shown during the 2015 Super Bowl. It measured 580.86 m2 and was measured in Los Angeles, USA on 7 Jan 2015
- First playable videogame on item of clothing (Tetris)
A gadget fan made a version of Tetris playable on a T-shirt to celebrate the game’s 30th anniversary. Another quirky real-world record.
- 112: Largest Minecraftspacecraft
Spaceships are something of a theme of this book (see above, and also the Evolution of Spaceships feature on pp.150–151). This one, built by Ragnur Le Barbare, accurately replicates the ship from Battlestar Galactica. It contains more than 5 million blocks. I really respect the attention to detail that Minecraft builders bring to their creations.
- 143: Largest collection of Silent Hillmemorabilia
Game collections are always appealing, as you get a sense of how much game fans truly love certain titles. Whitney Chavis owns the world’s biggest Silent Hill collection. I love the picture of her smiling cheerfully among the gore and horror of the game’s imagery.
- 61: Fastest car in a videogame
The Red Bull X2001 Prototype is a “concept car” that travels at 622 km/h (386 mph) in Gran Turismo 5. What’s especially impressive about this is that the car is grounded in real-word physics, and so achieving that speed is theoretically possible. (Note that there are two other ‘fastest car in a racing game’ type record, although this is perhaps the main one.
- 188: Oldest videogame adjudication service
We are excited to be working with Twin Galaxies again and they have given us hundreds of high-score records for their dedicated section of the new book. It makes sense to recognize their achievements since 1981 with this record.
- 214: Most “likes” on a Facebook videogame page
It’s impressive indeed that Candy Crush Sagahad reached 75,187,303 likes by the time we went to press. Of course, the number is even higher today. It’s also amazing that there are 50 million logged players. These big numbers show that gaming is reaching wider demographics than ever before and that mobile games are massive news worldwide.
- Most readable books in a videogame (The Elder Scrolls)
This was also in the 2015 annual but is brilliant – there are 2,235 books readable in The Elder Scrolls Online
- Fastest goal in PES 15
A gamer scored with Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in 4-sec, lobbing the keeper straight from kick-off.
- First LEGO videogame made entirely out of bricks (The LEGO Movie Videogame)
There has been a ton of LEGO games released over the years, but amazingly this movie tie-in, released in February 2014, was the first where everything in-game was made entirely out of bricks.