RuneScape earns three more Guinness World Records

RuneScape already holds, quite frankly, a silly amount of records with Guinness World Records. Now, with the newest update to the Guinness World of Records: Gamers’ Edition, the popular MMO has added another trio to the records.

This time around, Cambridge-based developer Jagex has been awarded ‘Most original pieces of music in a video game’ (1,198 – including expansions), the ‘Most prolifically updated MMORPG’ (1,014 updates) and ‘Most users of an MMO’ (254,994,744 as of July 25th, 2017).

“For over 16 years we’ve been dedicated to making RuneScape one of the most successful MMORPGs," Jagex said in a statement to Develop. "Dedication’s what you need if you want to be the best (and beat the rest).”

These awards can now be added to the already plentiful haul of previous Guinness World Records. Jagex has nine records so far which include ‘Most bots banned in a week’, ‘Most complex HTML 5 code in a videogame’ and ‘Most Fish in a videogame’. For anyone looking to take that last record, 8 billion fish were caught in RuneScape during 2012. So you’d best get to developing that fishing mechanic. And no auto fishing machines like in Minecraft, real fishing, please.

Other gaming Guinness World Records include Darren Bland’s Longest single game of Football Manager for playing 154 consecutive seasons, awarded in 2014, and Daniel Middleton (aka The Diamond Minecart) who won ‘Most views of a dedicated Minecraft channel’ in April this year with 9,810,971,245 views on YouTube.

Personally, I think I might put myself forward for a ‘Most hours stuck on a loading screen, not realising I needed to press a button to continue’ world record.

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