3. Anger management is important
all know how serious people can be about getting a perfect run on their
game of choice, but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen
someone stand up from a console, throw their controller down and prance
off in disgust. I think it’s pretty specific to speed running. The
difference between feeling like you’re on the right line and knowing
that you’ve mistimed that vital jump can be crushing, especially with
the pressure of having someone like me watching over your shoulder. Even so,
there’s no excuse for behaving like a spoilt little girl that’s just
been told she can’t have another pony.
Advice: Consider Buddhism. Applying Zen philosophy to your speed running could help you shave valuable seconds off your time.
We're guessing it's not easy to storm out of this. You're looking at
the longest gaming session in indoor freefall, which lasted 18 min 52
sec and was achieved by [N] Gamer and Jesse Moerkerk (Netherlands) at
Indoor Skydive Roosendaal, Netherlands, on 11 January 2011. That's Gaz
in the background
4. Evidence is not just for the police
week I’ll get about a dozen emails saying “Oh hai. I got this amazing
score on Wand of Gamelon. My brother was there and he saw me do it. I
can haz record plz?”. Sometimes I dare to hope that they have a
recording of this incredible feat of gaming prowess, but I’m always
disappointed. The whole point of applying to Guinness World Records is
to get some recognition for what you’ve done, so make sure you can
actually prove what you’re claiming. And don’t get upset if we don’t
Advice: Get some recording equipment. There are some decent ones available for pretty cheap online.
Above: A video like this, along with signed witness statements from respected experts in your chosen field can be enough
5. Show us your gear
world of gaming records is like an infinite rabbit hole filled with
very opinionated rabbits, and sometimes the difference between an easy
challenge and an impossible one is as simple as a version number or a
release date. For speed runners, the difference between a run on an NTSC
console versus a PAL one is enormous. In fact, Super Mario Kart record
holder Sami Cetin is almost 2 seconds slower on a European console than
an American one. All this means it’s important to tell us EXACTLY what
console and set-up you’re using.
Speedy Sami Çetin has been a fixture of the competitive Mario Kart
scene for over 10 years, but 2010 was his golden season. He took the
chequered flag for the fastest completion of the iconic Circuit 1 on the
very first game in the series, Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, 1992). He
holds the record on both the PAL and NTSC versions of the game, with
times of 58.34 seconds and 56.45 seconds respectively as of August 2011
sure the evidence you send us includes photos of your console, photos
of the box the game you’re playing came in and details of the exact
settings you used.
Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition is out now. For more information visit
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