By Darren Whitham (@dazwhitham) on 9th September 2015
The Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition (out September 10) reveals youTuber Kurt J Mac’s (USA)achievement for the Longest Journey in Minecraft, walking over 2,097,152 blocks (2,097.15 km) to reach the ‘far lands’ in
Editor Stephen Daultrey worked with games industry insiders to reveal hundreds of NEW gaming records including ‘Fastest goal in Pro Evolution Soccer 15’ (4 seconds!), ‘Highest score on Super Mario Bros’ (1,435,100 points!) and ‘Largest original fictional world’ (measuring 102,400 x 51,200 blocks, spanning multiple continents over 5,242.88 km² in Minecraft!).
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Leading the Minecraft section of the book is Kurt J Mac’s entry for Longest journey in Minecraft. Kurt embarked on an epic quest to reach the fabled Far Lands, an area roughly 7,767 miles from the players initial spawn point and chronicled his journey on his YouTube channel “Far Lands or Bust.” After three years of continuous travel in the game, Kurt only made it about 16% of the way to the Far Lands but he did manage to score the record and raised money for charity Child’s Play while doing it!
This year the Guinness World Records gaming consultants have created a series of 10 Minecraft challenges that put the skills of users to the test as they race against the clock (and each other) for a chance to take home each title. To make it official record attempts must be recorded and uploaded towww.guinnessworldrecords.com/minecraft
The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition also shines the spotlight on accomplishments outside of in-game achievements. William Cruz won an Ubisoft competition to travel to the Himalayas, the setting for Far Cry 4 where he played the game at a dizzying height of 18,569 feet, earning the record for Highest-altitude game console session on land. A team of skydivers, meanwhile, took gaming to new heights by playing Skylanders: Trap Team from an altitude of 12,500 feet to earn the title for Highest-altitude freefall videogame session.While we’re on the topic of games you can play just about anywhere, the addictive social game Candy Crush smashed the record for Most “likes” on a Facebook videogame page at 75,187,303 at the time the 2016 edition went to print.