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50 Hours: World's Longest Gaming Session

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I wonder what sort of time off breaks they got for bathroom, food, etc...

We love extended gaming sessions as much as the next guy, but we're not sure that we'd be able to give up sleep for more than two days just to set a record.

The six Dutch gamers, however, chose to forego sleep and played Red Dead Redemption non-stop on a Sony PlayStation 3 using the TwistDock docking station to keep their controllers continuously charged. Those six are owners of the Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop gaming session at 50-hours long, which started July 16th at 12:55 PM Central European Time (CET), in Dixons, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The event started as a competition to see who could last the longest, but as the competition progressed, the Dutch gamers’ solidarity grew and they decided to sit and end the competition together. The gamers made the unanimous decision to end the attempt after 50 hours for a new world record title.

"The contestants entered as rivals but left as friends," said Gaz Deaves, official adjudicator of Guinness World Records

The team of six champion gamers included brothers Edward and Maykel Leest from Boxmeer and Hengelo, Sven de Vries from Lelystad, Renzo Bos from Baarlo, Robbie van Eijkeren from Middelburg and Marcel van Waardenburg from Amsterdam.

The previous official world record for non-stop gaming was set in September 2009 by Chirantan Patnaik from India with a time of 40 hours and 20 minutes.

Now if only Guinness could monitor the sort of gaming that some players of World of Warcraft do in their private homes…

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    LORD_ORION , July 22, 2010 12:36 PM
    LOL! Seriously? I am betting 1/2 the people here have a pulled a drunken, energy drink fueled 72 hour game marathon at least once in their lives.

    Wha... I've been playing for 72 hours? Coulda swore it was 2.
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    mavroxur , July 22, 2010 12:35 PM
    Something tells me in the future, these same six guys will set the record for the "world's oldest virgins"
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    LORD_ORION , July 22, 2010 12:39 PM
    Also,

    In October of 2002 a 24 year old South Korean man called Kim Kyung-jae collapsed at an internet café. He had been playing an MMORPG called Mu for 86 hours pausing only to buy cigarettes or visit the toilet. He died from a combination of exhaustion and deep vein thrombosis.

    Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/video-games/mmo/articles/28926.aspx#ixzz0uPkUYs1a

    These guys have nothing on that guy...
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  • 26 Hide
    mavroxur , July 22, 2010 12:35 PM
    Something tells me in the future, these same six guys will set the record for the "world's oldest virgins"
  • 31 Hide
    LORD_ORION , July 22, 2010 12:36 PM
    LOL! Seriously? I am betting 1/2 the people here have a pulled a drunken, energy drink fueled 72 hour game marathon at least once in their lives.

    Wha... I've been playing for 72 hours? Coulda swore it was 2.
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    LORD_ORION , July 22, 2010 12:39 PM
    Also,

    In October of 2002 a 24 year old South Korean man called Kim Kyung-jae collapsed at an internet café. He had been playing an MMORPG called Mu for 86 hours pausing only to buy cigarettes or visit the toilet. He died from a combination of exhaustion and deep vein thrombosis.

    Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/video-games/mmo/articles/28926.aspx#ixzz0uPkUYs1a

    These guys have nothing on that guy...
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    rohitbaran , July 22, 2010 12:40 PM
    That is crazy and probably stupid.
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    Mark Heath , July 22, 2010 12:45 PM
    Has to be verified to get a record though.
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    damasvara , July 22, 2010 12:52 PM
    That's just crazy... not stupid though, since they use their brain potentials to play the games...lol
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    feeddagoat , July 22, 2010 12:55 PM
    I guess gratz for the achievement. They're Dutch too, Any dutch gamer I've met seems to take things that extra mile, surely tho there's bound to have been some chinese grinder on WoW thats lasted longer?
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    inquisitor03 , July 22, 2010 1:07 PM
    I bet I could beat that. Seriously 50 hours is only 2 nights without sleep and assuming they were allowed to eat and drink while playing and go to the toilet I do not see how that it can be that difficult. I've gone 2 nights without sleep before and although it's not nice, it's not difficult!

    How do I go about getting an official Guinness World Record official to come to my house?! :D 
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    igot1forya , July 22, 2010 1:13 PM
    LORD_ORIONLOL! Seriously? I am betting 1/2 the people here have a pulled a drunken, energy drink fueled 72 hour game marathon at least once in their lives.Wha... I've been playing for 72 hours? Coulda swore it was 2.


    Back in the day, my brother and our school buddies used to rotated where we LAN each week... 50h really goes by VERY fast when you play some intense FPS or RTS'. I don't know if I've ever done 50h strait without a 30min nap, but we've played more than 10 days strait over the summer one year.
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    xrodney , July 22, 2010 1:14 PM
    76 hour is my record and almost 24 hours sleep session after :) 
    Its not really hard to stay awake 2-3 day when you are hyperactive 18 old, but as you getting older its harder and harder.
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    kin3000 , July 22, 2010 1:18 PM
    I'm pretty sure a few WoW junkies have done longer gaming sessions than just 50 hours, especially when a new expansion comes out and it's that race to reach level cap again.

    Grats to them for being officially recognized though.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 1:20 PM
    Well back in the days, when i was yunger (around 13-14 years old), we held a LAN lasting from friday afternoon to sunday evening without sleep, and we didnt think much of it..

    Back then it was all about Counter-strike, and man did we own that game :D 
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    xacrex , July 22, 2010 1:23 PM
    50 hours on a PS3?!!?!?? how the heck did those PS3s not die? I was playing with my PS3 for 6 hours and 1 hour break for 2 days and it died!!!
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    Sabiancym , July 22, 2010 1:24 PM
    mavroxurSomething tells me in the future, these same six guys will set the record for the "world's oldest virgins"


    Yes because all gamers are virgins. Way to revert back to the 90's stereotypes....you almost had to think of a clever response.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 1:25 PM
    The question I would have to ask is " How well do they have to be playing at the end of the 50 hours?"

    I could see that because of sleep deprivation ones motor skills and response time would be greatly affected.

    There is only so much energy drinks can do for a person before their body gives them a swift kick in the butt.

    Not to mention that would add a great twist for getting into GWR.
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    dfusco , July 22, 2010 1:32 PM
    SabiancymYes because all gamers are virgins. Way to revert back to the 90's stereotypes....you almost had to think of a clever response.


    Uh oh, nerd rage.
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    demosthenes81 , July 22, 2010 1:35 PM
    Man i think i accidentally did more than 50h when i got fallout 3 so much explorin
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    hixbot , July 22, 2010 1:37 PM
    I'm in the same boat as most of the commenters here, I've easily surpassed 50 hours of non-stop gaming, at more than one occasion in my life. I'm pretty sure at any point in time, there is some gamer somewhere working on a 50+ hour gaming session....Particularly the WoW heads.
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    el_bastardo74 , July 22, 2010 1:55 PM
    no big deal...i've done more than 50 a few times and do 30 pretty regularly
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    Pei-chen , July 22, 2010 2:03 PM
    No, 50 hours, the world’s longest survivable gaming session. Too bad we lost many nerds finding it.
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