National Media Museum breaks gaming record659 people played games simultaneously

30 July 2010

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The National Media Museum (NMM) has broken the Guinness Book of Records for gaming.

The Bradford-based museum beat the previous record, set at the MCM Expo event in May this year, by gathering 659 gamers from across the UK to play their DS console-based games for 10 minutes simultaneously.

Seventy three more people attended this event than the one held in London. The MCM Expo is an annual gaming event.

Earlier this week, gamers of all ages bought their handheld consoles along to the NMM in an attempt to break the previous World Record. Over 650 people played their favourite games from Mario Kart to Brian Training.

A new record was declared set when official invigilators for the event from the Bradford Bulls, the professional ruby league team, and gaming industry expert Charles Cecil, counted in excess of 586 people.

Although gamers had to play their consoles for 10 minutes, a lot of the attendees played their consoles all day, the event organisers said.

Commenting on the event, Gaz Deaves, the Guinness Book of Records gaming editor, said: ‘It was a great event, the atmosphere was incredible. Seeing everyone raise their DS [consoles] in the air in triumph at the end was fantastic.’

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