Guinness World Records 2009: Gamer’s Edition

6 04 2009
The cover of "Guiness World Records 2009: Gamer's Edition"

The cover of "Guiness World Records 2009: Gamer's Edition"

Author: Guinness?
Pages: 216
Published: 2009

Guinness World Records. It’s a pretty much household name, and its a pretty much go-to place to find the best, the fastest, the most insane, the bravest, the most anything basically. If you want to find the fastest 100m sprint, chances are you will find it in the Guinness World Records book. Heaviest weights lifted? Yip you guessed it: Guinness World Records book. However, what if you want to know the best selling platform game on the PlayStation 3? Or the first game on the Nintendo Wii to sell over 5 million copies? Chances are that the Guiness World Records book will not have those.

Enter Guinness World Records 2009: Gamer’s Edition. Obviously devised specially for gamers’ to have sitting on their shelves, this book covers all kinds of gaming related records. From the highest score on a single Guitar Hero song (899,703 on “Through the Fire and Flames” by DragonForce, by Chris Chike (Guitar Hero III)) to the First Superhero Game on the PlayStation 3 (Marvel Ultimate Alliance). From the Most Expensive current-gen strategy game (Eye of Judgment at a recommended retail price of $140) to the Largest voice cast in a video game (Grand Theft Auto IV with 861 voice actors), you will find essentially every record you could think of in this book.

Not only does it provide such records as those listed above, but it also has some interesting different sections. On page 6 you will find information on how to be a record breaker. Pages 18 – 23 has a history of gaming timeline, with all sorts of interesting bites of information. Individual games such as Tom Clancy games (Page 52), Burnout (Page 104) and Boom Blox (Page 124) are all present, and include all the records one might expect to find for those individual games, as well as useful tidbits of information on each game. Towards the end of the book, we have the Top 50 console games, and the Twin Galaxies official leaderboards for a whole list of games.

All in all, this book is quite fun to read, and quite high on the “nerd factor” in the sense that you can whip out an arbitrary statistic to impress your friends (depending on what type of friends you have) such as “Did you know that the fastest completion of Mega Man X on the SNES was 46 minutes and 27 seconds by Adam Sweeney on 8 September 2008?”. Very nerdy.

I do have on criticism of the book, however. There are many different illustrations of the various records, and this would be a good thing. However, the people at Guinness have chosen to lay out the captions in such a way that if you are looking at the pictures, you have to literally scan the entire double page to find the caption, and if you are reading the text and see a caption number, you have to look at each and every single picture to find the number. Quite annoying, and something that should not happen in such a visually orientated market such as this book is aimed at.

So, in the end, I would not agree with PSW Magazine’s quote of “If you’re a gamer, you need this on your shelf”. I think it’s a cool book, and you will no doubt get many exciting facts and figures and lots of joy from this book, I think it is going too far to say that it is an essential part of a gamer’s life. In the end, I think most gamers will be able to find a new video game to buy rather than this book, but it’s worth a read if you find you have some money to spare.

I give it a 7/10.

Buy Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition: 2010

Buy Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition: 2009




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6 04 2009
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