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  Friday, January 8, 2010

  Longest time spent playing a video game - David Scherer sets world record

 Clarksville, TN, USA -- David Scherer, 19, an assistant coach for parent-run team The Swimming Eagles, played the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" for 55 hours to raise money for the nonprofit swimming team he coaches-setting the world record for the Longest time spent playing a video game.
   Photo: David Scherer multi-tasks Tuesday night, listening to dad, Dan, and eating dinner while playing “Grand Theft Auto IV” at Retro’s Classic Arcade near the end of his goal of 55 hours of gameplay. Photo: Beth Liggett Cogbill/The Leaf-Chronicle
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 "Swimming is the best type of exercise you can get," Scherer after playing 48 hours. "It is because of swimming that I'm able to do what I'm doing right now."

  Scherer said Retro's Classic Arcade, which stayed open 24-hours-a-day during his attempt, donated a portion of its profits from during the record attempt to The Swimming Eagles to go toward finding a home for the team.   

 Scherer said his team has to hold practice sessions at several area pools. The Swimming Eagles is a nonprofit, parent-run team.

 David is no Play Station junkie, on the contrary he is an honor student, volunteer, and currently the assistant head coach of the Swimming Eagles swim team. “I did not like the game choice and I don’t even encourage marathon gaming, but this isn’t about the game it’s about the kids.” Scherer stated.

 An article in the Leaf-Chronicle said Scherer has raised "several hundred" dollars in his quest to secure about $20,000 for the team.

An avid swimmer since he was young, Scherer knew the pleasure of having a home pool — knowing where he would be training day to day. And through that training he was able to be ranked 13th nationally at the age of 12 for the 100-yard butterfly. “When it comes to our practices, we’re in limbo every day about where we’ll be,” Scherer says.

 The previous Guinness world record for the Longest time spent playing a video game was 40-hour, 20-minute, set by Chirantan Patnaik of India, The Clarksville (Tenn.)

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