What's the longest gaming session you've ever been a part of?
Have you deprived yourself of sleep in order to keep playing your favorite game? Has the whole "can't stop on a loss or a winning streak" cycle seen you ignore your body's warning signs to an unhealthy degree?
I'm sure we all have our own personal stories of gaming triumphs and near-endless sessions, and we'd love to hear your own. But when it comes to the longest gaming marathons in recorded history, these people take the cake.
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Before we jump in, you should be made aware of one thing that the Guinness Book of World Records has outlined when it comes to setting gaming marathon records. Those who take part 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 for such extreme periods of time.
And with that out of the way, on to the achievements.
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 Fallout 4 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. It 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. True Dragonborns right here.
Minecraft for Cancer
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 great 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 Minecraft for a – really cool – total of 35 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds. The impressive feat was carried out in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK on 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.
WoW To The MMO
I'm not a big MMO player, so Hecaterina Kinumi Iglesias has more than likely played more of World of Warcraft in one session than I have in my life.
Hecaterina, also known as Kinumi Cati, played the adored online adventure 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.
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.