Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Longest Q*Bert video game marathon: George Leutz breaks Guinness world record
FLEMINGTON, N.J., USA -- George Leutz, 38, of Manhattan played the video game Q*Bert on a single game credit for 84 hours and 48 minutes in a New Jersey arcade, setting the new world record for the Longest Q*Bert video game marathon,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: George Leutz, 38, of Manhattan played Q*bert for 84 hours and 48 minutes on one game credit at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games, a vintage video arcade in Raritan Township. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Most prolific video game character was set by Mario, created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, in Kyoto, Japan, in 1981. Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Oldest person to be a competitive video gamer, set by Doris Self (September 18, 1925 - October 3, 2006), who achieved a world record on Q*Bert on 1 July 1984, at the age of 58, competed regularly for the world title today until her death aged 81.
The 38-year-old Manhattan resident played the marathon game, popular in the 1980s, on a single game credit for 84 hours and 48 minutes Thursday through Monday, beating the previous Gunness world record of 68 hours, 30 minutes set in Florida in 2012, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.
It was Leutz's fifth attempt to attempt the record, and the trick, he said, was to pace himself properly, with 9 hours of gaming, followed by 45 minutes of deep sleep.
Guinness World Records rules allow 5 minutes per hour to rest.
After his four-day achievement Leutz took at 12-hour nap on the couch at the home of the arcade owner, the newspaper said.
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