VIdeo Game Marathons

Going by her online alias of Kinumi Cati, Iglesias played World of Warcraft for 29 hours and 31 minutes, starting on March 29, 2014, and finishing the next day. She set two Guinness World Records in that time: one for the longest video game marathon on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game; and the other for longest video game marathon on World of Warcraft. She also holds the records for longest video game marathon in a Japanese-style role-playing game and longest video game marathon for any Final Fantasy title, playing Final Fantasy X for a whopping 38 hours and 6 minutes. And that’s really way too much Wakka for one sitting. Here are some games you won`t be able to get away from:

The rules of the Zelda Extreme Challenge are harsh, like Ganon himself created it to ensure he ultimately wins. You have to completely skip getting the sword at the start of the game—but don’t worry. It gets better. You also can’t collect most treasures, you can’t accidentally kill overworld enemies, and you can only use bombs and fire on bosses. Your quest ends when you encounter the final boss, who cannot be defeated without the treasures you’ve skipped. While you’ve certainly accomplished something, you’ll still never know sweet victory. Only four people have completed the challenge in both the first and second quest modes. They didn’t save Hyrule, but they’ve more than earned our respect.

The Guinness Book of World Records marks 135 hours as the longest gameplay session of Call of Duty, but it comes with a caveat: the record holder was allowed to take a 10-minute break for every hour of play, providing some much-needed naptimes. While you might think that’s cheating, Guinness had a good reason to allow the breaks: in a separate attempt to set a gameplay marathon record, a teenager died while in his 40th consecutive hour of Diablo 3. Indeed, spending six days in a nonstop warzone would destroy anyone’s psyche. Mind you, this is the record for gameplay marathons with a controller in your hand. For a while, it was the longest gameplay marathon ever. But you won’t believe what actually surpassed it.

Just hearing about this California school teacher’s video game record is exhausting enough. Carrie Swidecki broke the aforementioned Call of Duty record by playing Just Dance 4 on Xbox 360 for 138 consecutive hours. Just let that sink in for a moment—most people feel exhausted playing Just Dance 4 for 13 minutes, let alone nearly six days. Swidecki simultaneously set three world records while playing a dance game that requires players to move and just dance the entire time. By dancing until the 138-hour mark, she set the world records for longest video game marathon of all time, longest marathon playing a dance game, and longest marathon with a motion-sensing game. Even more impressive? By playing Just Dance 4, Swidecki dropped 80 pounds and raised over $7,000 to support children’s health-related charities.

Michael Thomasson might look like a regular guy, until you realize he’s arguably the most dedicated hoarder and collector of video games and consoles that ever lived. In late 2013, Thomasson won the Guinness World Record for the largest video game collection. We’re talking 10,607 games and over 100 consoles. Thomasson was able to sell his gargantuan set for over $750,000, but he’s probably going to rebuild. How did he acquire such a library? Thomasson has the connections, as he ran seven different video game stores over the past 20 years and has been working at several retail game stores along the way. He even teaches college classes on retro gaming. Man, what’s on the final? Explaining what the hell Dig Dug was actually about? Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more videos like the one you just saw.