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Book Review: Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition
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Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition
Paperback | Kindle
Guinness World Records
Release Date: November 11, 2014

I remember a time, back in my middle school and high school years, where I’d look forward to checking out the new Guinness World Records book each year. This was long before people were showered with interesting videos and images (along with plenty of stupid ones) by the web on a daily basis, so Guinness was a cool way to see some of the more unbelievable things people were up to around the world.

It’s been a long while now since I’ve opened a copy of one of these books, so I was excited—especially as a huge video game fan—at the opportunity to dive into and review the latest release, Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition. And as it turns out, Guinness has a whole lot more to offer these days than just records.

Now this may not be news to some, but I was surprised at just how much fun and informative stuff not related to records that’s included in this 2015 all-things-video-games edition. Just listing off record after record could get boring quickly, after all.

Instead, it’s overflowing with records, fun facts and information, and stats on some of the biggest game franchises of all time—including Grand Theft Auto, The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, BioShock, Fallout, Resident Evil, Portal, Super Maro Bros., Metal Gear, and so many more—as well as events like E3, developers, the consoles, MMOs, and so on. There’s even some of the big news headlines from the past year and a rundown of the winners from some of the most respected and recognized video game awards voted on last year, including Game of the Year choices (more often than not Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us).

On top of all of that, the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition doesn’t focus specifically on only the past year. There’s a ton of great history of many of the things listed above. Notable achievements, huge announcements, and plenty of gaming firsts from years past are just some more examples of all the goodies you can find here.

All of this is a major selling point, of course, but let’s not forget that this is a Guinness World Records book. Those of you interested in the accomplishments some of our planet’s more obsessive gamers have pulled off shouldn’t be disappointed. Throughout the book you’ll find the fastest speedruns (including mention of that unreal Fallout 3 run earlier this year) pulled off for various games, largest game-related memorabilia collections, longest time spent playing a game, highest scores, and on and on we go. There’s also plenty of records broken by the games themselves, such as Grand Theft Auto V‘s collection of records after its massive release.

For those who aren’t much into video games this obviously isn’t something you’ll find much use for (though I’m willing to bet even non-gamers would find plenty of interesting facts if they flipped through it), but for the rest of us it’s basically the ultimate coffee table book for video game geeks. Every single time I pick up this book I find something interesting to learn about game franchises or something game-related, and I look forward to continuing to dig into its pages while pondering which record I’m going to break (spoiler: probably none).

If interested, the regular Guinness World Records 2015 is also available now.

Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition

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