According to the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition that comes out tomorrow, Google's Pac-Man themed Doodle was played for 500 million hours, distracting office workers and costing businesses an estimated £85 million (around $135 million in U.S. currency) in lost productivity. On the mobile front, Rovio's Angry Birds title forever holds the record as the first game to reach 1 billion downloads.
Unless you're talking tumors or processors, the general consensus seems to be that "Bigger is better," and the Guinness Book of World Records built itself into a household name on the back of the axiom. The publication definitely stuck with its bread and butter for the release party of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2012. Most launch events are actually kind of boring, consisting of ceremonial ribbon cutting and some hors d'oeuvres if you're lucky -- but Guinness brought the big guns in the form of the world's largest controller, a massive NES gamepad.
Before 1954, no one could say with any authority how many hotdogs a human being could consume in one five minute sitting. This, we’re sure you’ll agree, was unacceptable. Were it not for a friendly argument between the managing director the Guinness Breweries and one of his hunting buddies in 1951, we still might not have any solid data on the issue today. Fortunately for time wasters and bet placers around the globe, the failure to resolve that argument 60 years ago led to the creation of The Guinness Book of World Records. Thanks to Guinness World Records- Record Player, our Chrome Web App of the Week, computer users don’t have to read about new records being made or discover that old ones have been broken. Instead, they can turn to the internet and watch all the action in glorious color.
AMD said it has broken the world record for overclocking using one of its soon to be released "Bulldozer" CPUs.
Team AMD FX set the Guinness record "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor" on August 31, 2011 by overclocking the upcoming AMD FX to 8.429GHz. The previous record was 8.308GHz. The speed run was made using liquid helium, which is even colder than liquid nitrogen.
Hit the jump for the full story, and pictures of the intensely cool overclocking process.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
If your virgin ears are loathe to walk the darker alleys of the English language, modern videogames might not be to your liking. But there’s regular videogame cursing, and then there’s the overachievers. The A students. The ones who find even the “explicit” versions of songs to be tame, and the clean versions to be almost completely inaudible – like a dog whistle to human ears. And then, leading them, you have Mafia II.
Right now, Guinness World Records accepts that the game contains over 200 uses of the dreaded, yet oddly versatile word. However, that number will soon become more exact, because – as Guinness told Joystiq – “2K have promised to supply us with a copy of the game's full script under NDA so we can count the number of f-bombs ourselves and update the record with a complete figure."
Previously, sadly underrated Wii light-gun shooter House of the Dead: Overkill took home the gold-plated trophy of a certain finger-based rude gesture with 189 instances of the F-bomb.
So yeah, it’s probably a good idea to keep this one away from the kids. You know, since the blood, organized crime, hard M-rating, and authentic Playboy Magazine covers weren’t already enough of an indicator.