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Game Informer Editors Set Six Gaming World Records

by Dan Ryckert on Aug 08, 2011 at 07:35 AM

Original Story: Last March, four of us set a Guinness World Record for Longest Fighting Game Marathon. We gunned for the Guinness book again this weekend, but one record wasn't enough this time. As those who watched the live stream know, we set up shop in the GI conference room and played all weekend until every one of us set a new Guinness World Record.

They're all marathon records, and you can see how long we spent on each below:

Dan Ryckert - Longest Mario Marathon . Total length: 50 hours. Completed all 120 stars in Super Mario 64, beat Super Mario RPG, beat Super Mario World, and dabbled in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Dr. Mario, Mario Kart 64, and even Mario Party.

Jeff Cork - Longest Grand Theft Auto Marathon. Total length: 50 hours. Completed Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost & Damned, got a good chunk of the way through Ballad of Gay Tony.

Ben Reeves - Longest Stealth Game Marathon. Total length: 48 hours. Completed Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 4 without skipping any cutscenes. Spent several hours on Metal Gear Solid 3 at the end.

Bryan Vore - Longest RPG Marathon. Total length: 44 hours. Bryan had never played Oblivion, so he set the RPG marathon record by spending his first 44 hours with the game in one sitting. After learning the ropes, he took down the Fighters Guild, the Arena, closed an Oblivion Gate, and did a bunch of random side quests ending up at level 10. A bug forced him to revert to an earlier save and lose many hours of progress.

Phil Kollar - Longest JRPG Marathon. Total length: 34 hours. Phil felt he needed to spend some more time with the beast of an RPG that is Final Fantasy XII, so he figured he might as well set a JRPG marathon record while he's at it. He also spent a few hours playing Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.

Tim Turi - Longest Survival Horror Marathon. Total length: 27 hours. Completed a knife-only run of the original Resident Evil, beat Resident Evil 5, and dabbled in RE 2 & 3.

It was a ton of fun, and the time flew by much quicker than it did during our Smash Bros. marathon. Being able to mix up games and play a variety of experiences really helped, and we're glad that every one of us set the record we were gunning for. Now if you'll excuse me, I've been awake for three days. I am going directly to bed.