Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Highest Altitude Videogame Console Session: Will Cruz breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Kala Patthar, Nepal -- Sponsored by videogame developer and publisher Ubisoft, Vivint employee Will Cruz played the soon-to-be-released Far Cry 4 in the Everest Himalayas at an elevation of 18,569 feet, setting the new world record for Highest Altitude Videogame Console Session,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: "Far Cry 4" takes place in the Himalayas. To earn the record, Cruz had to play the game for more than an hour. He played the shooter for 79 minutes on PS4 at 18,569 feet above sea level. During his session, the temperature got as low as 17℉ (-8.3℃) and wind speeds reached 25mph (40 kmph). He also visited Kathmandu, Khumjung Monastery, and the Khumbu Glacier as part of his prize, on his first ever trip outside the US. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the highest altitude videogame console session on land is 5,660 metres (18,569 ft 6.2in) and was achieved by Ubisoft (USA) at Kala Patthar in Nepal, on 11 October 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the e largest gathering of people dressed as videogame characters; it is 491 and was achieved by Tampereen Särkänniemi Ltd. (Finland) in Tampere, Finland, on 7 September 2013.
"This was the opportunity of a lifetime," Cruz said. "It was more than just an amazing hike – it was a real journey to get to know a new country and culture. I had never been outside the U.S. before, and I'm grateful Vivint was flexible so I could have an experience that changed how I understand the world."
Twenty-three-year-old Cruz was selected this summer as part of Ubisoft's Quest for Everest: The Gaming Journey of a Lifetime, an online contest that would fly a fan across the globe to see the real-world inspiration behind the Himalayan-set videogame Far Cry 4.
The winner would also join an Ubisoft team to attempt a new world record for high altitude gaming. An avid gamer and hiking enthusiast, Cruz entered the contest with a video of himself climbing Utah's highest mountain, King's Peak.
As part of the trip, Cruz visited Kathmandu, Nepal; Khumjung Monastery; the Khumbu Glacier; and the Ubisoft Base Camp at Mt. Everest.
"We were all cheering Will on in his adventure," said Alex Dunn, president of Vivint.
"Will embodies what we look for here at Vivint – someone with integrity, passion and a dedication to hard work, whether that's climbing one of the world's tallest peaks or excelling in his profession."
Cruz is a staffing supervisor at Vivint's call center, helping the center's 800 employees provide award-winning customer service.
Far Cry 4 hits PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on November 18 in North America and November 20 in Europe and beyond.
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