The 50 greatest gaming world records

Games are much more than just a whole lot of fun – they also offer a vast wealth of gaming challenges. Just think of time-trialling in your favourite racing game, trying to shave seconds off your best lap time (we lost months of our youth doing just that on the Ghost Valley 1 course in the original Super Mario Kart). Or trying to survive 50 waves of Locust bad guys in Gears of War 2’s Horde mode… Games always want us to do better, to improve our skills and beat the best of the rest.

Which is where the recently released Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer’s Edition comes in. This impressive book is stuffed with all manner of gaming records in every genre – and beyond! – and they’ve let us share the very best of them here with you... so read on – and enjoy!


Shooters of all kinds are almost custom-made for world-record breaking, especially in terms of competitive play. Here are some fascinating factoids...

1) Best-seller!
Halo is the best-selling first-person shooter series ever, with almost 25 million copies of Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST sold. Can Modern Warfare catch up?

Above: Ikaruga, which uses an inventive light/dark bullet mechanic

2) Best 2D shooter developer
Hardcore gamers still love 2D shooters, but the record holder for most critically acclaimed 2D shooter developer is Japanese outfit Treasure, which hold an average review score of 84% over eight titles, including Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.

3) Most kills
Remember when Quake was all the rage? People still play it – and professionally, too. The record for most kills in an hour of network play is held by Jonathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, with a massive 671 kills in 60 minutes.

4) Biggest online
Think Halo 3 or Gears of War 2 is the most-played online shooter? Think again. It’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which has been played by 3 million people since November 2007. 1.3 million people play it every day.

5) Clinical use!
Remember THQ’s Full Spectrum Warrior? It holds the record of being the first game to be used clinically, as it was adapted to treat US soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, allowing veterans to negotiate a ‘virtual Iraq’ to help confront the damaging effects of their military engagements.

6) Clancy rules!
The most prolific tactical shooter series is – wait for it – the one bearing the name of writer Tom Clancy. The various Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and other titles cover 17 games and 20 expansion discs. Yoinks.

Sports games

Sports games have been around for as long as people have had feet to kick a ball with. So it’s no wonder that there are plenty of sport gaming records...

7) FIFA forever
People love football, right? And the FIFA series is a consistently good seller. But do you know which one sold the most? It’s actually FIFA 09, which shifted a whacking 1.2 million units in its first week of release in October 2008.

8) FIFA forever 2
FIFA has also sold over 65 million copies since its launch in 1993, making it the best-selling footy series ever. PES, which debuted in 2001, isn’t far behind though, with 48 million copies sold.

9) Fast painting
Guinness gaming records get really specific – check this out for an example. French gamer Guillaume Bertrand holds the world record for completing Artist on the Court mode in Mario Power Tennis (where you paint a wall by hitting balls at it) with a time of just 14.1 seconds.

10) Longest running game
But what’s the longest-running sports game series? That honour goes to the Madden NFL games – there have been 20 of them, and it began all the way back in 1988.

11) Basketball billions
There was a time when arcade games – you know, games you’d play in an actual arcade – were all the rage. The coin-op arcade game that generated the most revenue is, perhaps unbelievably, Midway’s 1993 NBA Jam, which in its first year raked in one billion dollars. Billion.

12) Shigging Hell!
Trust Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto to be a world record holder. He’s responsible for the best-selling game of all time – Wii Sports, which has sold 45.7 million copies.

13) Glorious golf
Reckon Tiger Woods has got the golfing game honours? Oooh, no. Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf started gaming life in 1998, but the longest-running golf series is actually Everybody’s Golf, which started in 1997.

14) Pokemental!

UK Pokemon fan Lisa Courtney has collected 12,113 different items of Poke-stuff to set the - you’ve guessed it - Largest Collection of Pokemon Memorabilia record. She’s sourced items from Europe, the US and Japan, making several trips there and sending boxes of Poke-stuff back. Her favourite item is an Absol doll bought from eBay.

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  • dbK - August 2, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    #17 is kinda wrong. Anarchy Online have the biggest playground. You need a day to walk from a corner to another of the map. Oh, and there are 2 maps like that. Also you could add another thing in the records. The most sophisticated game, Anarchy Online would win again
  • elkshadow5 - March 23, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    i think Minecraft is the largest sandbox game; on the PC its current world limit is 60 million blocks(counted as a meter) by 60 million blocks; that makes 3.6 quadrillion blocks, not counting vertical height
  • cody-golden - July 19, 2014 8:32 p.m.

    actually elder scrolls arena is considered the largest. while not the best sandbox example, it can take weeks to walk across the map, whereas minecraft has to delete to create in a sense
  • viliami-tuanaki - November 4, 2013 11 p.m.

    "Halo is the best-selling first-person shooter series ever, with almost 25 million copies of Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST sold. Can Modern Warfare catch up" This might have been right at the time but its wrong now, call of duty has sold 26.5 million with modern warfare 3 alone and 26.21 million with black ops. so only 2 games and already over 50million which is over 2 times the halo series. Source:
  • Walawala - December 1, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    Dude. He means 25 million copies for halo, 25 million copies for halo 2, 25 million copies for halo 3, and 25 million copies for halo 3 odst. Also reach and halo 4 have sold 60 million combined copies. Bungie made 2 billion dollars on halo combat evolved within the first year
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 13, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    not sure what his numbers are for Medal of Honor, mine come out to around 22 million units* Wish there was an edit button on GamesRadar. Not a fan of double-posting.
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 13, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    TURbo beat me to the punch. Some of the sales numbers in this article (and I suppose by extension in the book) are quite outdated. For one, Halo didn't sell around 25 million units, more like just over 30 million, 32 if you count Halo Wars. And it's not the highest selling FPS series ever, as TURbo indicated, although I'm not sure what his numbers are, mine come out to around 22 million units. However, no surprise, Call of Duty as he indicated completely trounces all comers when it comes to high-selling FPS series. The two Modern Warfare games alone come out to 34 million units (single-handedly beating Halo) and the Call of Duty series altogether comes in the neighborhood of a whopping 75 million units sold. And, as for Oblivion being the highest selling Western RPG, regardless of whether that's true, damn it sold more than 1.86 million copies. That would put it behind Dragon Age and both Mass Effects, all three of which have gone at least 2 million units sold each. Rather, try something like around 6 million copies sold for Oblivion. However, that's still behind the 7 million units that Fallout 3 managed to sell. (Not including Steam numbers...obviously those haven't been released.)
  • th3warr1or - February 12, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    Umm, didn't GTA IV have more licensed tracks? :| It says Midnight club with 97, but GTA IV had more.
  • dmaster225 - February 10, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    10 hours a week for WOW? ive seen people that dedicate it 14 hours a day man. theres something wrong with #45. my brother plays second life since he wakes up until he goes to sleep.
  • linkganon - February 9, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    just throwing this out there, but 2 more categories should be added to the gameing world records. both for dead rising, most characters on a single screen, with somebody recording 800 zombies on a single screen and most weapons on a single game, it's noted with around 150 weapons or something like that.
  • FreekinIdiot - February 9, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    NBA Jam generated 1 Billion dollars in it's first year?? WTF???!
  • locustuk - February 9, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    heh good article. liked some of the records, i might buy the book to see the rest :)
  • PoorOldSmiles - February 8, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    but guys...what i want to know is what holds the record for the world's largest videogames awards?? lol
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - February 8, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    Were you bribed to post this article? It's so bland, it's got no GR edge to it.
  • lovinmyps3 - February 8, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    I want to care about gaming records but I just can't.
  • DriveShaft - February 7, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Funny, I was just playing an old Pac Man arcade machine last night x]
  • deathrebellion - February 7, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    need to get my hands on the gamers edition book lol to see if i can beat anything XD theres way too many games that don't deserve to have a "record" status cuz they r wayy down in the gamer's game list , take Just Cause for ex. but well they DID do smthin to deserve it so yay -_-
  • Marvelfan13 - February 7, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    I liked Just Cause. I loved how you could literally drive any vehicle in the game. Parachuting was fun as hell too. Then I played GTA SA. Man that blew me out of the water.
  • Spartan523 - February 6, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    didnt ninja gaiden black come out for the xbox 1?
  • mfwahwah - February 6, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    And those were the best records? Eh. "asleep chavez"