In late 1958, a physicist by the name William Higinbotham developed the world’s first interactive analog computer game called 'Tennis for Two' and revolutionized the world of entertainment. The next few decades saw the advent of several gaming consoles by Nintendo, Atari, and Sega, which took the world by storm. Today, approximately 1.2 billion people in the world are playing video games with more than 700 million networking online.
On International Video Games Day which is observed on 8th July annually, let’s take a look at all the games that made their way into the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records.
#1. Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V by Rockstar Games
Winner: Fastest Selling Video Game
The latest installment of the globally popular game released in 2013, and it was the most awaited one by all the GTA fans. When GTA V finally arrived in the market on 17th September, it smashed seven world records the same day, including most units sold within 24 hours, which was 11.2 million, and highest revenue generated by any entertainment product in the same time interval, a staggering USD 815.7 million. Other milestones achieved by GTA V were the fastest video game to gross USD 1 billion and most viewed trailer of any action-adventure video game.
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#2. World of Warcraft
Winner: Most Subscribers for any MMORPG
World of Warcraft is the most popular multiplayer online role-playing game or MMORPG in the world, and it has a Guinness World Record in its name to prove the fact. At the height of its popularity, this game boasted an astounding 12 million subscribers, who logged into the world of orcs, dwarves, gnomes, and trolls. In 2014, Hecaterina Kinumi Iglesias aka Kinumi Cati from Spain took home Guinness Record for the longest World of Warcraft (Blizard) marathon, sticking to his screen for sleepless 29 hours and 31 minutes.
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#3. Entropia Universe
Winner: Most Expensive Virtual Item ever Sold
Every fan of MMORPG knows that in-game currency is not a joke. Entropia Universe made headlines in 2011 when an item used in the game, Planet Calypso, the first and largest planet in the play, was sold for a whopping USD 60 million. These games have become banks, with transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars taking place every year.
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#4. Flight Simulator
Winner: Longest Running Video Game Series
The first installment of Flight Simulator was released in 1979 by the developer subLOGIC and was quickly acquired by Microsoft. With the release of the latest edition of the video game in May 2017, it expanded its span to more than 38 years and boasted 16 main titles attached to its name.
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#5. Mario by Nintendo
Winner: Best Selling Video Game Series
There’s definitely no video gamer, who has never played a Mario game. This blue-eyed plumber has headlined more than 180 games, resulting in sales of more than 555.35 million units as of February 2016. The character was introduced to the gaming world with the 1981-hit game Donkey Kong and even has a movie based on it.
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We would also like to mention Joel Hopkins from Australia, who is the current Guinness World Record holder for the Largest Collection of Video Games with more than 17000 games. Now that’s an avid gamer!
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