Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition out now

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, announce the latest and greatest achievements in the world of videogames has released the Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition.

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Praised by critics as a “definite almanac of all things games” (LA Times), the sixth instalment in the best-selling series is a must-have for any gamer. Packed with official gaming records, trivia and never-before seen pictures, the new edition covers every genre with an outstanding selection of in-depth spreads on the most popular games including Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, FIFA and Forza.

Great new records in the Gamer’s Edition 2013 include Canada’s Chris Gloyd and Timothy Bell who achieved the Longest Gaming Marathon. The pair lasted an eye-watering 120 hours and 7 minutes on the Resistance series.

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<p>Embargo:<br /><br />
00.01am on Thursday 10th January 2013</p><br />
<p>Photographer Credit:<br /><br />
James Ellerker/Guinness World Records</p><br />
<p>Photo Caption:<br /><br />
31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition for having the world’s Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, with 8,030 items of merchandise.  Brett, a web designer, was given his first item (a Mario figurine) by his parents when he was just 8 years-old; however he only started collecting 12 years ago when he “discovered eBay”.  In that period he has amassed a collection worth in excess of $100k.  Brett, who is married with children, says: “Many of my friends know I’m a gamer, but I guess after this they’ll realise just how passionate and obsessed I am!”</p><br />
<p>Press Release:<br /><br />
Guinness World Records™ Reveal Extraordinary New Gaming Feats in Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition<br /><br />
LONDON (10/01/2013). Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, reveal the latest and greatest gaming achievements in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition out today.  Incredible new feats recognised in the best-selling videogame series include the Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia; Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA; Highest Earning Call of Duty Player; and the Smallest Arcade Machine.<br /><br />
31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition for having the world’s Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, with 8,030 items of merchandise.  Brett, a web designer, was given his first item (a Mario figurine) by his parents when he was just 8 years-old; however he only started collecting 12 years ago when he “discovered eBay”.  In that period he has amassed a collection worth in excess of $100k.  Brett, who is married with children, says: “Many of my friends know I’m a gamer, but I guess after this they’ll realise just how passionate and obsessed I am!”</p><br />
<p>On the other end of the scale is world’s Smallest Arcade Machine that stands at just 124 x 52 x 60 mm (4.88 x 2.05 x 2.36 in).  The ultimate geek’s toy has been created by 30-year-old Mark Slevinsky.  The Computer Engineer from Alberta, Canada, took 6 months to design and build the fully playable device.  The next challenge for Mark is fatherhood – “My wife and I are expecting our first child (a son) any day now – he’ll be the right size to play the arcade machine!”<br /><br />
21-year-old Will Johnson from Arkansas, USA, has gone one step further and turned his passion into a hugely lucrative career.  Will, known on the gaming circuit as “BigTymer”, has become the Highest-Earning Call of Duty Player.  Between 2009 and 2012 the First Person Shooter Pro made $135,000 (£83,000) from winning four different Call of Duty titles on the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit.  Will says that “it’s perfect to have solid proof that I am the best in the world at a craft I’ve spent years working on”.  However, despite his fame and fortune the American admits that he may have to cut down the amount he plays games or risk his girlfriend “hating” him!”<br /><br />
British talent is also recognised in the videogames almanac.  15-year-old Jacob Gaby from Bushey, this year achieved the Highest Margin of Victory on FIFA.  Soccer-mad Jacob was challenged by his brother to see how many goals he could score against the computer.  By half-time he had scored over 100 goals, and by the full-time whistle he had set a new record winning 189–0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC.  Jacob, who spends around 7 hours a week playing FIFA, says: “It’s incredible to have the record, but I can’t let it go to my head – I’ve got my school exams coming up!”<br /><br />
Welshman Jann Mardenborough is another to be recognised.  Aged 19 he became the Youngest GT Academy Winner.  He won the initiative set up by Nissan and PlayStation to bring together the best gamers and give them a chance to drive a professional racing car. Jann has since got his international racing licence and drives for Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series.<br /><br />
Other incredible feats recognised in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition this year include Canada’s Chris Gloyd and Timothy Bell who achieved the Longest Gaming Marathon.  The pair lasted an eye-watering 120 hours and 7 minutes on the Resistance series.<br /><br />
85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin, USA, proves that age is no factor in gaming as he is recorded as having achieved over 14,000 perfect games on Wii Sports Bowling, making him the Oldest Gaming Record Holder.<br /><br />
Interesting trivia also comes thick and fast in the new book too.  South Korea makes it into the book for being the First Country to Ban In-Game Sales.  In the summer of 2012 South Korea made virtual item sales illegal. The fine for breaking this new law was set at 50 million South Korean won (£28,000).<br /><br />
Gamer’s Edition Writer, Kevin Lynch, says: “It’s been a fantastic year for gaming, with incredible records broken by players from all walks of life. Gaming is a hugely important part of popular culture and this year’s Gamer’s Edition reflects that”.<br /><br />
As well as records, Gamer’s Edition 2013 is full of interesting features including Comic Books and Gaming, looking at the relationship between the two mediums; The Top 50 Videogame Villains Of All Time, as voted by over 6,000 gamers; Celebrity Gamers, find out what the stars play at home; and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.</p><br />
<p>Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2013 is out on Thursday 10th January 2013!<br /><br />
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND VIDEO PLEASE CONTACT:</p><br />
<p>Damian Field:  +44 (0)20 7891 4518 press@guinnessworldrecords.com</p><br />
<p>More Records from Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition include:</p><br />
<p>First videogame developers awarded an MBE<br /><br />
The Football Manager video game series is so beloved in the UK that even the Queen saw fit to recognize it. She awarded Paul and Oliver Collyer (UK), the creators of Championship Manager (Intelek, 1992), the Member of the British Empire (MBE) honour in 2010.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame music composer<br /><br />
Tommy Tallarico is the most prolific videogame music composer. As of September 2012, the acclaimed veteran and pioneer of videogame audio has worked on more than 300 games in a career that spans 22 years.</p><br />
<p>Highest-grossing videogame-centred movie<br /><br />
Tron: Legacy (USA, 2010) is the highest-grossing game-centred movie, smashing the competition with takings of $400,062,763 (£239,394,000) worldwide.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame voice actor (female)<br /><br />
As of 20 November 2012, the most prolific videogame voice actor (female) is Jennifer Hale (Canada), who has voiced 133 videogames.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame voice actor (male)<br /><br />
The most prolific videogame male voice actor is Steve Blum (USA) who has made 261 credited appearances as of 10 May 2012.</p><br />
<p>About Guinness World Records<br /><br />
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.  Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.<br /><br />

America’s Brett Martin, is heralded as owning the Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia. In 1989, eight-year-old Brett was given a model Super Mario by his parents. 23 years later Brett has amassed a treasure trove of 8,030 items!

Another American, 85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin, USA, proves that age is no factor in gaming as he is recorded as having achieved over 14,000 perfect games on Wii Sports Bowling, making him the Oldest Gaming Record Holder.

<br /><br />
Embargo:<br /><br />
00.01am on Thursday 10th January 2013</p><br />
<p>Photographer Credit:<br /><br />
Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records</p><br />
<p>Photo Caption:<br /><br />
15-year-old Jacob Gaby from Bushey, UK, is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition for the Highest Score on FIFA.  Soccer-mad Jacob was challenged by his brother to see how many goals he could score against the computer.  By half-time he had scored over 100 goals, and by the full-time whistle he had set a new record winning 189–0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC.  Jacob, who spends around 7 hours a week playing FIFA, says: “It’s incredible to have the record, but I can’t let it go to my head – I’ve got my school exams coming up!”</p><br />
<p>Press Release:<br /><br />
Guinness World Records™ Reveal Extraordinary New Gaming Feats in Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition<br /><br />
LONDON (10/01/2013). Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, reveal the latest and greatest gaming achievements in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition out today.  Incredible new feats recognised in the best-selling videogame series include the Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia; Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA; Highest Earning Call of Duty Player; and the Smallest Arcade Machine.<br /><br />
31-year-old Brett Martin from Colorado, USA, is recognised in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition for having the world’s Largest Collection of Videogame Memorabilia, with 8,030 items of merchandise.  Brett, a web designer, was given his first item (a Mario figurine) by his parents when he was just 8 years-old; however he only started collecting 12 years ago when he “discovered eBay”.  In that period he has amassed a collection worth in excess of $100k.  Brett, who is married with children, says: “Many of my friends know I’m a gamer, but I guess after this they’ll realise just how passionate and obsessed I am!”</p><br />
<p>On the other end of the scale is world’s Smallest Arcade Machine that stands at just 124 x 52 x 60 mm (4.88 x 2.05 x 2.36 in).  The ultimate geek’s toy has been created by 30-year-old Mark Slevinsky.  The Computer Engineer from Alberta, Canada, took 6 months to design and build the fully playable device.  The next challenge for Mark is fatherhood – “My wife and I are expecting our first child (a son) any day now – he’ll be the right size to play the arcade machine!”<br /><br />
21-year-old Will Johnson from Arkansas, USA, has gone one step further and turned his passion into a hugely lucrative career.  Will, known on the gaming circuit as “BigTymer”, has become the Highest-Earning Call of Duty Player.  Between 2009 and 2012 the First Person Shooter Pro made $135,000 (£83,000) from winning four different Call of Duty titles on the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit.  Will says that “it’s perfect to have solid proof that I am the best in the world at a craft I’ve spent years working on”.  However, despite his fame and fortune the American admits that he may have to cut down the amount he plays games or risk his girlfriend “hating” him!”<br /><br />
British talent is also recognised in the videogames almanac.  15-year-old Jacob Gaby from Bushey, this year achieved the Highest Margin of Victory on FIFA.  Soccer-mad Jacob was challenged by his brother to see how many goals he could score against the computer.  By half-time he had scored over 100 goals, and by the full-time whistle he had set a new record winning 189–0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC.  Jacob, who spends around 7 hours a week playing FIFA, says: “It’s incredible to have the record, but I can’t let it go to my head – I’ve got my school exams coming up!”<br /><br />
Welshman Jann Mardenborough is another to be recognised.  Aged 19 he became the Youngest GT Academy Winner.  He won the initiative set up by Nissan and PlayStation to bring together the best gamers and give them a chance to drive a professional racing car. Jann has since got his international racing licence and drives for Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series.<br /><br />
Other incredible feats recognised in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition this year include Canada’s Chris Gloyd and Timothy Bell who achieved the Longest Gaming Marathon.  The pair lasted an eye-watering 120 hours and 7 minutes on the Resistance series.<br /><br />
85-year-old John Bates from Wisconsin, USA, proves that age is no factor in gaming as he is recorded as having achieved over 14,000 perfect games on Wii Sports Bowling, making him the Oldest Gaming Record Holder.<br /><br />
Interesting trivia also comes thick and fast in the new book too.  South Korea makes it into the book for being the First Country to Ban In-Game Sales.  In the summer of 2012 South Korea made virtual item sales illegal. The fine for breaking this new law was set at 50 million South Korean won (£28,000).<br /><br />
Gamer’s Edition Writer, Kevin Lynch, says: “It’s been a fantastic year for gaming, with incredible records broken by players from all walks of life. Gaming is a hugely important part of popular culture and this year’s Gamer’s Edition reflects that”.<br /><br />
As well as records, Gamer’s Edition 2013 is full of interesting features including Comic Books and Gaming, looking at the relationship between the two mediums; The Top 50 Videogame Villains Of All Time, as voted by over 6,000 gamers; Celebrity Gamers, find out what the stars play at home; and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.</p><br />
<p>Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2013 is out on Thursday 10th January 2013!<br /><br />
-END-<br /><br />
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND VIDEO PLEASE CONTACT:</p><br />
<p>Damian Field:  +44 (0)20 7891 4518 press@guinnessworldrecords.com</p><br />
<p>More Records from Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition include:</p><br />
<p>First videogame developers awarded an MBE<br /><br />
The Football Manager video game series is so beloved in the UK that even the Queen saw fit to recognize it. She awarded Paul and Oliver Collyer (UK), the creators of Championship Manager (Intelek, 1992), the Member of the British Empire (MBE) honour in 2010.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame music composer<br /><br />
Tommy Tallarico is the most prolific videogame music composer. As of September 2012, the acclaimed veteran and pioneer of videogame audio has worked on more than 300 games in a career that spans 22 years.</p><br />
<p>Highest-grossing videogame-centred movie<br /><br />
Tron: Legacy (USA, 2010) is the highest-grossing game-centred movie, smashing the competition with takings of $400,062,763 (£239,394,000) worldwide.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame voice actor (female)<br /><br />
As of 20 November 2012, the most prolific videogame voice actor (female) is Jennifer Hale (Canada), who has voiced 133 videogames.</p><br />
<p>Most prolific videogame voice actor (male)<br /><br />
The most prolific videogame male voice actor is Steve Blum (USA) who has made 261 credited appearances as of 10 May 2012.</p><br />
<p>About Guinness World Records<br /><br />
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.  Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.  </p><br />
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British talent is also recognised, with Bushey’s Jacob Gaby recording the Highest Margin of Victory on FIFA 12. Against the computer the football-loving teen won 189–0 playing as Barcelona FC against Fulham FC.

Interesting trivia comes thick and fast in the new book too. South Korea makes it into the book for being the First Country to Ban In-Game Sales. In the summer of 2012 South Korea made virtual item sales illegal. The fine for breaking this new law was set at 50 million South Korean won (£28,000).

Gamer’s Edition Contributor, Kevin Lynch, says: “Our readers have given us fantastic feedback on the Gamer’s Edition series, and for our sixth instalment we’re giving them more of what they want; the pages are packed with hundreds of records, essential facts and the very latest news and achievements from the world of gaming.”

As well as records, Gamer’s Edition 2013 is full of interesting features including Comic Books and Gaming, looking at the relationship between the two mediums; The Top 50 Videogame Villains Of All Time, as voted by over 6,000 gamers; Celebrity Gamers, find out what the stars play at home; and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.

Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2013 is out now and if you are a gaming fan, or a world record fan, this really is worth picking up. It’s a beautiful colour book with over 200 pages and I found myself going from page to page not being able to put it down!