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Going After Guinness with Pokemon

Originally posted  January 3rd, 2012 by Sharon at

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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Meet OZIE!

(A personal blog post that crept over to my gaming blog ;-D )


Meet OZIE! My very first pokemon.

So here’s the story.

  • A looong time ago I rode around in a yellow car that belonged to a friend of mine. She had a pikachu on the dash. We were bad ass. (Circa 2002)
  • A number of years ago I made an attempt to play a pokemon game on the DS(I cant remember which one but it was circa 2004) and was met with ridicule.
  • Some years later (maybe 2008) a young lad with special needs was in my care and invited me to play pokemon (with trading cards) and I of course did so. A few times.


That’s it! I have never played my way through a game, I never watched the cartoon, I never felt it was anything I could get into.

Until PaxEast 2011. All the folks in line were playing either Pokemon or Magic the Gathering. Not being even remotely familiar with Magic, and being continuously exposed to the excitement of the new Black and White releases of Pokemon, I decided to veer towards the path of Pokemon.

I’m about 4 days into it. 6 badges and a Pokedex of 81 and you know what. “Screw YOU” to the person who first mocked me, causing my insecurities to keep me from it.

I like it.

I can see why so many people, young and old, enjoy the game. It’s super addictive AND cutesy. A REAL departure from the killing and violence i normally prefer in my games.

I plan to spend a bit more time collecting and battling Pokemon in the future, slowly washing away the shame I STILL feel as a 30yr old playing pokemon.

And as homer once said (the cartoon not the greek poet) “Yes I AM the highly suggestible type!”