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Gain Knowledge From Guinness 2010 Gamer's Edition

by Tim Turi on Dec 21, 2009 at 09:53 AM

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?