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Have you ever been interested in knowing what the best selling game of all time is, the longest time a person has spent entrenched in an MMO, or how big the world's largest Pokemon collection is? 2010's Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition has the answers to these hard-hitting questions, and we were able to get our hands on an advance copy of the book. Here are some juicy facts to sink your teeth into until the self-proclaimed "gaming bible" hits coffee tables:Biggest Selling Video Game of All Time: Wii Sports, with over 46 million sold
Highest Grossing Video Arcade of All Time: NBA Jam, making $1 billion in its first year
Longest Time Spent Playing an MMORPG: Sara Lhadi logged 16,799 hours grinding away in Runescape (Runescape!?) between November 2004 and October 2009 (I guess she hasn't stopped). That's nearly 700 days, which is nearly two solid years of game time! Also, that averages out to 9 hours 20 minutes a day.
Largest Collection of Pokemon Memorabilia: 12,113 unique Poke-things make up UK-resident, Lisa Courtney's real life Pokedex.
Most Popular Puzzle Game of the Century: This one goes to Bejeweled, which is likely sitting in your pocket as we speak. The game accounts for about one-third of PopCap's 1 billion game downloads. Puzzle game of the Century, eh? I though that the Rubik's Cube or jigsaw puzzle might have put up a better fight.
Most Recognizable Video Game Character: Mario? Sonic? Mega Man? Nope, it's Namco's very own Pac-Man. 94 percent of American consumers recognize the pellet-gobbler, edging out Nintendo's plumber by just one percent.
Number 1 Video Game Series (As Voted By Readers): Halo. 13,079 Guinness enthusiasts participated in an online poll of the top 50 game series, marking Master Chief's series as supreme champ.
What do you think about these little bits of trivia? Any surprises? Anybody interested in dropping the $14.99 for the full book when it releases on January 4?
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WOW! Who cares?
I should put some thought into buying this...
A lot of this seems to be info that we already know [slash] names of people that rarely see daylight or have very few friends.
I think these facts are interesting. I probably wouldn't buy the book (mainly because a lot of the facts change over time) but I still find them interesting to read about. Good article.
Halo?!? Wow, didn't see that one coming (Not being sarcastic, I really didn't see it coming. There are A LOT of popular franchises so it surprised me that Halo took the cake.)
I used to play Runescape, and while it has a fair bit of content, I didn't think it had 16k+ hours worth.
um, sorry to disappoint but i can care less about the facts of gaming and gaming related things. i care about playing games and nothing more. instead of buying this... sorry, wasting my money on this, i will buy a game to play. because isn't that all we care about in the end?
I think i might buy it. I collect Video Game Systems and Games so this could be a good addition.
If someone wants to buy this for me... sure! I'll read and laugh. Will I waste my money? No... too many good games that $14.99 would help pay for.
I'm surprise that Wii Sports sold the many in the books!
Might make a good present, if I was actually going to do any shopping.
By the way, Wii Sports getting the best selling game is kind of misleading since it comes with the Wii. An accurate record should be for the sale of a stand alone game.
Sweet. Not sure if i'll buy it. But it's an interesting concept. lol
I didn't expect Runescape to be the game of choice for a 16k+ hour grind. I thought it would be Everquest atleast. I really can't believe someone has spent literally 2 years of thier lives in a game....how does she pay her bills? I'd like to see a picture of this sad and lonely creature.
pac man has been going along time. anyways I wanted to know these kinds of things I should get the book!
ill possibly put some thought into pickin this up. although i still wonder y people r so content on sayin wii sports was tha best sellin game of all-time, no packaged in game should ever count for that, if it aint stand alone, then it dont matter. we dont care about no *** wii sports
How in the crap is Tetris not the most popular puzzle game. It's been on everything since the NES, sometimes more than once .
haha! i may have to get this book, or at least spend a day in the store reading it. =P