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NVISION LAN party sets world record

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San Jose (CA) – Hundreds of very tired attendees at the GeForce LAN party pumped their fists and gave a weary cheer when they broke a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous LAN party. The event was part of the NVISION conference hosted by NVIDIA and had hundreds of people playing video games for 36 straight hours. For their efforts, the “winners” – if you can call them that – received “gold medals”, had their LAN party entrance fees refunded and their pictures taken for posterity.

In all, 203 people played games for 36 hours starting at 11PM Monday August 25th till 11AM Wednesday August 27th. Most of the players battled it out on traditional LAN party games like Quake, Unreal Tournament and Team Fortress 2, but we did spy several people raiding and grinding out gold in World of Warcraft.

Thankfully the players were allowed to take breaks and were given a 10 minute rest period for every straight 60 minutes played. This rest period could be saved up so six hours of play would get you an hour of rest. NVIDIA was also kind enough to provide free food and drinks to the gamers. To top it off, BAWLs was giving away pallets of their caffeinated energy drink.

An adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was flown in from London to monitor the attendees and keep records of the event.

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    giovanni86 , August 29, 2008 4:47 PM
    I wish i was there. Damnit!
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    tawilson , August 29, 2008 4:52 PM
    i don't understand how this is the longest continuous lan party. 36 hours? QuakeCon has been going on for years and it is open for over 72 hours, and doesn't close for the night or anything like that. wtf?
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    gm0n3y , August 29, 2008 8:46 PM
    I'd have done that even without the record. Free food and drinks is enough for me.
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    blackened144 , August 30, 2008 3:21 PM
    tawilson: I think the difference here was that they actually had someone from the Guiness book there to validate the results. If QuakeCon was smart they would invite them over for their next LAN and see if they can take that crown away.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2008 1:43 AM
    Million Man Lan in Louisville has hosted a roughly 76 hour event EVERY June for the past 5 years. Even better, the FIRST MML lasted 100 hours. They also have gathered anywhere from 700-1300 people every year. How is this a record?
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    gm0n3y , November 17, 2008 4:53 PM
    I think its because all 203 of them had to stay awake and actually play the whole time.
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