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Setting records with LittleBigPlanet 2

Submitted by on Sunday, 16 January 20119 Comments

Every year the crack staff over at Guinness World Records updates the world on the esteemed accomplishments of humanity, and perhaps this will be the year that the creepy guy with long fingernails is surpassed by an equally creepy guy or gal with slightly longer fingernails.

The powers that be have also recently seen fit to expand their gaze to incorporate the feats of gamers. The ‘Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition’ chronicles everything from “best selling racing game” to “longest videogame marathon” (Mario Kart Wii and 50 hours of Red Dead Redemption respectively, in case you were wondering).

What records do SCEA and Guinness have in mind for LittleBigPlanet 2?

Beginning on January 17, Guinness will host a 3-day marathon in New York City to commemorate the release of Media Molecule’s much anticipated LittleBigPlanet 2. A group of “top gamers” are scheduled to help launch LittleBigPlanet 2 into the record books as the game hits store shelves. Below is a list of the records that these gamers will pursue:

  • Longest marathon playing LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Longest marathon playing a platform videogame
  • Most video game genres played in one videogame – 24 hours
  • Most user-generated videogame levels played – 24 hours
  • Most user-generated videogame levels played in a marathon

Can you feel the uninhibited lack of excitement? LittleBigPlanet is a great game and the second is sure to be impressive but these records can’t escape their trifle nature.

Outside of the “longest marathon playing a platform videogame” category this list is comprised of veritable lay-ups for the event. Exactly how many games can compete in the “longest marathon playing LittleBigPlanet 2” section?

While this should possibly be taken for only what it is worth – a marketing push – the institution of such records only undermines Guinness’s goal to provide gamers with a hall of records. It’s not that these records are easy, only that they do not command a great deal of respect.

The Guinness book used to be coveted for holding the records of the average person. Sort of a book of the people, for the people. If these new records are any indication of the direction that Guinness is heading, it would seem that any wordsmith would be able to get themselves into the book with correct word jujitsu.

How about the “longest marathon of Guitar Hero played with feet” or “most expletives shouted during an online game?”

Mostly it isn’t the absurdity of these records that is appalling. The fact that there are other worthwhile records that can be achieved in their place serves as the salt in this wound. Instead of a LittleBigPlanet 2 dedicated record, how about striving for something we can all relate to like “least amount of time needed to earn a platinum trophy?”

Then again, maybe our wistful thoughts are misplaced. We’ll leave you to decide, and while you do, let us know which gaming conquests you think are Guinness worthy, and if you don’t have any, feel free to make up a trivial award? It’s accepted practice after all….