30 Great Gaming World Records

Feature: Bizarre, geeky and cool all at the same time

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Highest-grossing videogame movie
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, released in 2001, is the highest-grossing videogame movie with $274 million taken at the box office.

Fastest knockout in Wii Sports Boxing
It took Troy Whelan of the USA just 14 seconds to knock out his computer-controlled opponent in round one of Wii Sports Boxing. He achieved this record on 10 February 2008, shaving 35 seconds off the previous best time of 49 seconds.

And five of the best from the Guinness World Records 2008 Gamer's Edition

First console in a nuclear weapons conspiracy
In December 2000, it was reported that the FBI and US Customs were investigating the shipment of up to 4,000 PlayStation 2 console to Iraq. As they were designated videogame systems, rather than hardware, it was rumored that this allowed Saddam Hussein to avoid UN sanctions prohibiting the sale of computer hardware to Iraq. It was speculated that the consoles could be adapted for use as guidance systems for long-range missiles.

Longest prison sentence for playing a videogame
In September 2002, the UK's Faiz Chopdat was jailed for four months for playing Tetris on his mobile phone while on a flight home, "endangering the safety of an aircraft". Cabin staff warned Chopdat twice to turn off the game and he was arrested on touching down in Manchester, UK.

Most broken bones by a sim game
Three players broke their arms on the arcade simulator Arm Sprint while testing their strength against the game's mechanised arm. The game's distributor, Atlus, recalled all 150 units for inspection in August 2007 as a precautionary measure. They stated: "We think that sometimes players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way."

First Second Life millionaire
Anshe Chung (real name Ailin Graef), is an entrepreneur within Second Life. Her character was "born" on 26 March 2004 and is best known for being a virtual real estate broker. In November 2006 it was announced that she was the first person to achieve a net worth exceeding $1 million, a fact celebrated on the May 2006 cover of BusinessWeek magazine. It also earned her the moniker the Rockefeller of Second Life.

Longest game title
The longest game title was for a Japanese-only PS2 game released in 2005. It's called White Princess the Second - Yappari Itto ni Ittemo Soujyanakutemo Ok-na Gotsugou Shugi Gakuen Renai Adventure, or in English, White Princess the Second - Love Adventure in the School That Follows the Principle of Convenience, Where It's Okay to Stray From the Path or Stay on the Path.

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