ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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What's the longest gaming session you've ever been a part of? Do you feel like you set a new record every week? Are you perpetually tired at work from the exhausting session of "can't stop on a loss, can't stop on a winning streak" from the night before? Of course you are! We're gamers, after all.

But while I'm sure we all have our own personal stories of gaming triumphs and near-endless sessions we couldn't be more proud of — which we'd love to hear of in the comments below — when it comes to the longest marathons of in recorded history, these people take the cake.

The Longest Gaming Sessions In History Are... Impressive

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[Credit: Gaming Enthusiast]

In theory, it seems kind of easy to just play your favorite game a lot and then set a record while you're at it. But you'd be surprised. Being nestled in front of a screen for over a day would be extraordinarily taxing. You need to really practice and prepare. However, the Guinness Book of World Records has outlined a few rules when it comes to setting gaming records. So, you know, people don't die.

Those who take part in attempting to break world records need to be monitored during the session and are permitted to take 10 minute breaks for every hour of gaming. These can be taken on the hour, or saved and accumulated to be spent whenever the player chooses. This allows for some people to actually sleep while setting records and was put in place to ensure that everyone protects their health while seated/standing for such extreme periods of time. Makes sense!

So, with that bit of info in your brain, let's get down to it!

RPG Mastery

[Credit: Bethesda]
[Credit: Bethesda]

I've played a lot of RPGs and it's without a doubt the genre I invest the most amount of my time to. But while some of us are capable of smashing through 50 hours of within a few days, others take it upon themselves to push those limits.

The world record for marathoning an RPG is currently held by Jeff Nation, JJ Locke, Casey Coffman, George Vogl and Jeff Sagedal, a.k.a. The Great Falls Gamers, all of whom hail from the USA. The winning session was carried out at the Montana State University College of Technology in Great Falls, Montana from 6-8 May 2012 and the team managed to session The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for a total of 48 hours and 14 minutes. I doubt many of us have even gone that long without sleeping!

Minecraft For Cancer

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[Credit: Mojang]

It can take hours upon hours to create the perfect structure in this game, but it's rare we do so in the name of a good cause — not that our own happiness isn't a good cause, am I right?! But one British gamer decided to bring a little happiness along with his world-record-breaking activities.

Completed on his own PC, Joseph Kelly managed to marathon for a really cool total of 35 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds. The impressive feat was carried out in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK from 10-13 October 2015, with Kelly asking for donations while he played, all of which he donated towards Cancer Research. He still holds the record, and our hearts. Reckon you could play that much Minecraft?

WoW To The MMO

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[Credit: Blizzard]

I'm not a big MMO player, so Hecaterina Kinumi Iglesias has more than likely played more of in one session than I have in my entire life. But she's not on this list for simply setting one Guinness World Record — she's set four!

Hecaterina, also known as Kinumi Cati, played WoW in Vigo, Spain from 29-30 March 2014. She played for a total of 29 hours and 31 minutes and therefore holds the record for the longest session with an MMO in the world. By proxy, she was awarded the longest video game marathon with World of Warcraft! But she's not just a dominating MMO player, she also dabbles with some JRPGs. And by dabbles I mean decimates.

At the moment she holds the record for longest JRPG marathon and the longest session with Final Fantasy. One World Record just wasn't enough. Awesome.

Longest Video Game Sessions, Like, Ever

But even though these individual achievements within specific genres are impressive in their own right, there's one genre that towers above them all: the FPS. Individuals continuously achieve astronomical numbers when it comes to marathoning first-person shooters. So let's take a look at two rather incredible examples.

People who've claimed the top prize in the past include Christopher Gloyd and Timothy Bell who played Resistance on the PlayStation 3 for an unbelievable 120 hours and seven minutes. The Canadian duo accomplished the feat in March of 2012, which took a total of 6 days. You can watch the final moments of this achievement here:

However, the two were beaten by an Australian gentleman by the name of Okan Kaya, who set and continues to hold the record for the longest video game marathon in the world.

The young man was able to attempt the challenge in his own work place, the office at 4Cabling Pty Ltd. in Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia from 13-19 November 2012. He played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for an unbelievable 135 hours 15 minutes and 10 seconds. Kaya effectively managed his breaks, ultimately enabling the gamer to sleep for a few hours at a time during his marathon. And if his world record wasn't enough, he managed to rise to 37th place in the Black Ops 2 leaderboards in the process. What. An. Achievement.

I genuinely struggle to think of games that I've played for over 135 hours, let alone those which I could session for such an extraordinary amount of time. But I suppose if I had to pick, I'd be playing Overwatch until my eyes bled.

Which game would you choose to marathon with?

(Sources: Guinness World Records)


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