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Going After Guinness with Pokemon

Originally posted  January 3rd, 2012 by Sharon at FromtheDPAD.com

Going After Guinness with Pokemon

If you were anything like I was, as a kid, then there is a good chance that you are familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records. This publication had a sacred spot on many children’s book cases and rightfully so. Flipping through the pages you could marvel at all sorts of strange and marvelous people from all over the world. The Guinness Book of World Records introduced us to people who enjoyed momentary fame as the world’s _______ man/woman. Be it shortest, tallest, fattest, etc. But the real excitement, in my young mind, were the every day people who challenged themselves to do something extraordinary for a glimpse of Guinness glory.

In 2008, Guinness World Records released its gamer’s edition in association with Twin Galaxies.  The 2012 edition  contains something for players of all kinds. Notching the latest high-water mark in the seemingly never-ending battle for Donkey Kong supremacy, New York City’s Hank Chien earned the “Highest Score on Donkey Kong” with 1,090,000 points. Mobile mavens will love the spread on Angry Birds, the “Best-Selling Mobile Series” (more than 250 million downloads) and the app with the “Most Days Spent as the Best-Selling App in iTunes Store” (275 consecutive days).

The Arnolds, pictured above, have been dubbed The ‘Frankfort Five’, hailing from the Illinois suburb outside of Chicago. They are considered Pokémon prodigies who rank as some of the world’s greatest players each year during the official Pokémon Video Game Championships, earning them the title of “Largest Competitive Pokémon Videogame Family”.

Brassy brawlers will be knocked out by an entire section devoted to Fighting Games including Mortal Kombat, Marvel Vs. Capcom and Dead or Alive, while the growing genre of “Lifestyle & Fitness” games boasts achievements like “Most People Exercising to a Videogame” (783 people).

Once again, this year features many women making their mark in the interactive realm. Iowa’s Elizabeth Bolinger preferred to dance her way into the record books, where she earned the title for “Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer” with top scores in 85 songs spanning across Dance Central, Just Dance and Just Dance 2 and she’ll be attempting a new high score on popular gaming network G4 in mid-January. Jennifer Hale grabbed the record for “Most Prolific Voice Actor” for lending her voice to 129 video games over the course of almost two decades.

Carrie Swidecki spent a gruelling 15 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds playing DDR

As always, Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition is chock full of lists and quizzes that are sure to get gamers talking. One of the featured lists takes a look at the “Top 50 Video Game Endings” of all-time as voted by ……

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