Getting carried away behind the controller happens to everyone. Gamers can sit down for a 'quick' session with their favorite title, only to look up at the clock several hours later and find they've spent the better part of the day glued to a screen.
It happens often enough that some games need to remind players to take a break every hour or two—lest they end up like several unfortunate souls who passed away with their heads planted on their keyboards. So yeah, the hobby does have its hazards, but that hasn't deterred some who continue to push themselves to their limits.
Five individuals recently set a new Guinness World Record after subjecting themselves to an incredible two-day session behind the virtual wheel of a Ford GT in Forza Motorsport 6. The final time? 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds. Nuts.
The new world record for "longest video marathon on a racing game" was set by Cara Scott, Hélène Cressot, Johannes Knapp, Andrea Facchinetti and Jesús Sicilia Sánchez during Gamescom—Europe's largest gaming fair—in Cologne, Germany. The group drove a combined distance of 41,004km over 3,015 laps around a virtual Circuit de la Sarthe, where the real-life Ford GT won the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.
In case you're wondering what it took to keep members up over the extended period, here are the numbers: 32 energy drinks, 146 bottles of water, 47 bottles of soft drinks, and over three kilograms of sweets. No word on whether a lifetime supply of insulin was included in the prizes.
Each member averaged 603 laps each over the two-day period. In contrast, an Australian racked up 135 hours, 15 minutes and ten seconds playing the first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops II back in 2012—by himself. So these dudes are going to have their work cut out for them if they plan on going for the big one.
And of course it goes without saying that don't try this at home. Ever.