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GWR Gamer's Edition Release Details and Guitar Hero Record Attempt!

> Guinness World Records
> Gamer's Edition 2008
> Guitar Hero III Record Attempt Details Announced
> Now Available in Europe / Coming March 11th to North America
> Dust off the old axe and brush up on those hot licks! Guinness World Record's
> will
> be holding an international Guitar Hero Relay Marathon between the UK,
> France, US,
> Canada, South Africa and Australia to celebrate the release of the Guinness
> World
> Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. Any and all Guitar Heroes are welcome to
> participate,
> dress as their their favorite Guitar Hero, and shred in this historic record
> attempt!
> For more information, or if you'd like to submit a record to break, please
> visit
> guinnessworldrecords.com
>
Although Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 hit store shelves last
> week
> in Europe, it won't be released in North America until March 11th. Here are
> a few
> records to whet your appetite until then:
> 1. THE MOST VIDEO GAME ACCOLADES
> Sid Meier, founder of Microprose and creator of Civilization, has won more
> game
> awards than anyone else. He was also the second person (of nine) to be
> inducted
> into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Civilization
> III
> was named the game of the year for 2001 by over 12 gaming critics, with
> Civilization
> and Civilization II picking up similar accolades in their respective
> time-frames.
> Civilization IV has continued this trend, picking up strategy game of the
> year from
> IGN, AIAS, Gamespy, Gamespot, 1UP, Gamerdad and others. In CGW's 1996
> Anniversary
> Edition, Civilization was chosen the #1 (of 150) Best Game of All Time. More
> awards
> are expected for the 2008 release, Civilization Revolution.
> 2. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VIDEO GAME DOCUMENTARY
> The most successful documentary film about a video game is the 2007 release
> "The
> King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters", which has so far grossed $675,000.
> Directed
> by Seth Gordon, the film follows Steve Wiebe's successful attempt to beat
> Billy
> Mitchell's Donkey Kong score. However, Mitchell went on to reclaim the record
> just
> before the film was released.
> 3. THE HIGHEST MARGIN OF VICTORY OVER AN AI OPPONENT
> Canadian gamer Brian Sulpher played a 12-minute-per-quarter game of the SNES
> version
> of Tecmo NBA Basketball (set to the expert difficulty setting and played on
> normal
> speed) and secured a victory margin of 331 points on September 18, 2005.
> 4. THE LARGEST NUMBER OF GAMES IN A SINGLE SERIES
> The largest video game series- not including spin-offs in other genres- is
> the Capcom
> platform games series Mega Man, starring the character designed by Keiji
> Inafune.
> There are 17 games in the "classic" series starring the original character.
> There
> are also 11 Mega Man X games, four Mega Man Zero games, two Mega Man ZX
> games, three
> Mega Man Legends games, six Mega Man Battle Network games, plus three Mega
> Man Star
> Force games making a total of 46.
> 5. THE FIRST VIDEO GAME TO BE PROVEN TO IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION AND EFFICIENCY
> In 1991, American Richard Haier of the University of California at Irvine's
> Department
> of Psychiatry and Human Behavior began scanning the brains of Tetris players.
> Inspired
> by the buzz that gamers get after long-term Tetris sessions, Haier monitored
> cerebral
> glucose metabolic rates (GMR). He discovered that, with first-time players,
> the
> GMR levels soared; after daily playing for four to eight weeks, brain
> functioning
> and efficiency was significantly improved- and success rates at the game rose
> sevenfold!

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