Crews are invited to film the World’s largest videogame controller at Liverpool St Station on Wednesday 18 th January (under embargo til Thursday 19 th).
FREE Footage will be made available post-event via our Online Press Office.
The world’s largest videogame controller, an NES joypad that measures roughly 12 feet by six feet, is two feet high, and weighs an estimated 265 pounds, will be unveiled at Liverpool St Station at 10am on Wednesday January 18 th 2012 (under embargo until 0001hrs Thursday January 19 th) If you wanted to use it like a standard handheld pad, you would need to be 51 m (167 ft) tall – the same height as London landmark Nelson’s Column! Such is the size of the controller that it requires at least two gamers to press the buttons - or jump on them - which communicates with a standard console.
The device, created as part of a university project, took 5 months to create at an estimated cost of £4,000. Also on hand to test out the gigantic games console will be British gaming stars Ryan Hart and Sami Cetin, as all three leading lights of the gaming world will receive new gaming certificates from Guinness World Records.
Also present at the London event, and featured in the new book, are British record holders Ryan Hart ( Most International Street Fighter Competition Wins: over 450) and Sami Cetin, a Super Mario Kart professional player that holds the record for the Fastest Completion of Mario Kart (56.45 seconds).
Other standout records celebrated this year include the Longest Videogame Marathon . Tony Desmet, Jesse Rebmann and Jeffrey Gammon (all Belgium) played Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for an eye-watering 109 hours. In another feat of endurance 6ft 5in 265lb Jesse Moerkerk from the Netherlands set a new record for the Longest Gaming Session in Free-Fall . Suspended in a wind-tunnel, Jesse managed to play Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Nintendo Wii for 18 minutes and 52 seconds. The Dutchman described the feeling as “like doing one continuous push-up while trying to stomp goombas at the same time!” VIDEO AVAILABLE
Women are also well represented in the new book. Britain’s Helen Mirren is recognised for the Highest Fee Paid for a Videogame Advert Appearance . In 2010 the famous actress was reportedly paid £500,000 ($800,000) to appear in a series of television adverts for Wii Fit. While across the pond Marie-Laure Norindr (France) is crowned the First Woman to Win a Pro-Street Fighter Event . Best known among pro-gamers under her tag of “Kayane”, Marie-Laure became the first woman to win a pro-Street Fighter event at the Evolution Championship Series in 2010.
An edited 2 min news package and rough cut footage from the event and above new records will be available to use from 0001 GMT on Thursday 19 th January.
All material will be distributed via the Online Press Office - see below.
LAUNCH EVENT DETAILS (London)
Largest videogame controller & other gaming records
WHEN: Wednesday 18th January 2012
WHERE: Liverpool Street Station (Main concourse), L1 1JD
Gaz Deaves, Editor, Guinness World Records Gamers Edition
Ben Allen, (UK), Engineering student & creator of Largest videogame controller
Ryan Hart (UK), Most international Street Fighter competition wins
Sami Cetin (UK), Fastest completion of Mario Kart circuit 1
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Notes to Editors :
About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.