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YOUNGEST GAMER TO 5-STAR THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES ON EXPERT

For most would-be Guitar Heroes, just making it through the relatively simple opening riff of Foghat’s Slow Ride on Medium is an achievement, but young Ben Eberle is so good he plays on Expert. At 9 years and 167 days, Ben is the youngest person (recorded) to 5-star Dragonforce’s finger-crippling Through the Fire and Flames on the hardest difficulty. Go on, argue that younger people have more flexibility in their tiny digits than your adult pointers, he’s still better than you.

 

MOST LEVELS IN A PUZZLE GAME

In a time when even the big budget games can be dusted in under seven hours (we’re looking at you Killzone 2) it’s a far cry from the days of The Sentinel and it’s 9,999 levels. Firebird’s epic puzzler from 1986 sees you turning trees to boulders on a wire-frame landscape as you try you get high enough to absorb his energy. Watch the video and imagine working through even eight of these jagged lands. No chance.

FIRST GAME TURNED INTO A MOVIE

A more apt title would surely be First Piece of Videogame Crap Committed to Celluloid, but Super Mario would win either way. In 1993 movie exacts decided that bumbling plumbers, Mario and Luigi were due a silver-screen debut without, we presume, ever seeing the actual game. Gone are the colourful worlds and in comes a gritty cityscape complete with guns, car chases and Dennis Hopper as the corn-row sporting King Bowser Koopa. An abomination of a film, but still a record holder by default. Sigh.

 

LARGEST COLLECTION OF GAME SYSTEMS

Call it determination, an OCD or a waste of time; it hasn’t stopped 33 year old Richard Lecce (USA) from amassing the largest collection of video-gaming systems. The haul includes 73 Game & Watches, 260 cartridge or CD-based systems and 126 miscellaneous bits of trash that have been overlooked by everyone except Richard. Although visually impressive we’re slightly dubious as to whether his two Intellivisions (left of the Atari box on the top shelf) are counting as one or two, which would make a mockery of the whole record.

LARGEST COLLECTION OF POKEMON MEMORABILIA

Not technically a game record but it still makes the cut. 5,456 items is the total. Belle ‘PikaBelleChu’ Starenchak is her name. Imagine coming home to this every night. “Had a productive day again, eh honey?” “No, it’s fine, you stay here in your shrine, I’ll make dinner”.

 

All records are currently recognised by Guinness World Records 2009: Gamer's Edition, which you can buy from all good bookshops for £15 (UK) and $21.95 (US).

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25 comments

  • Kruiser - February 9, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    I just wanted to throw this out there: not all Canadians dislike French Canadians and sing their anthem in French just to be spiteful.
  • garnsr - February 9, 2009 4:38 a.m.

    I can't believe Mario was the first game movie. It sure seems like there must have been something earlier. And probably even crappier. Hard to imagine.
  • zymn - February 7, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    *sigh*... i actually LIKED the Super Mario Bros. movie... i dunno why people hate it... probably because i kinda grew up watching it. :P
  • barNey - February 7, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    what is the most violent then
  • zer0_cool16 - February 7, 2009 10:04 a.m.

    I can believe the other games but are you serious with the Mine Sweeper? How fast is his brain??
  • Nodoudt - February 7, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    MUST. BUY. GIANT. CONTROLLER!!! Btw, Super Mario Bros. movie SHOULD NEVER BE MENTIONED!! (But the Bomb-omb wearing Adidas was hilarious!!)
  • devinejoh - February 7, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    @ skyguy343 it was a joke, i dont really like french CANADIANS, chill bro. I'm just showing the pride that any canadian should show.
  • Cernunnos - February 6, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    @devinejoh: well, i have myself sat for stretches not much inferior, but i can assure i would never play space invaders for that amount of time. XD its not the time that makes it amazing, its the game he played for that amount of time.
  • skyguy343 - February 6, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    i just want to throw this out there: not all Canadians start singing the national anthem whenever our country is mentioned. especially not in FRENCH!
  • Stabby_Joe - February 6, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    Wow, that Pokemon woman is just... creepy...
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - February 6, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    @ vic88: that's what your mom said ;)
  • vic88 - February 6, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    thats a fucking huge controller!
  • Coolnama - February 6, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    O_O why do you people keep throwing little spikes at Killzone2 O_O, it has an awesome multiplayer ( or so I've heard ) that keeps u playing after the 7 hours or so, whats with the KZ2 bashing :O
  • spartan_n30 - June 26, 2009 4:15 a.m.

    first thing that came to mind on the last picture: holy s#$%. second thing: hey, i still have that towel thats lying to the left of her
  • RaIdEn - February 10, 2009 4:43 a.m.

    mario should stay in video games. seriously.
  • understudybass - February 8, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    you bet his mom said that. dirty dirty moms
  • bodysnatcher - February 8, 2009 7:08 p.m.

    i actually liked the mario bros. movie. it was great.
  • Pain09 - February 6, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Lol @ JoeMcNeilly
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - February 6, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    I've actually played Super Mario Bros on that giant NES controller... at a tech festival near San Francisco. Required two sets of hands and we still died!
  • jimsondanet - February 6, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    when i got gta san andreas i stayed up for 48 hours plus playing it

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