Imagine attempting to set the world record for the number of consecutive hours spent playing games and streaming them. The fortitude needed to do so, the iron butt required to survive hour after hour after hour while perched in a chair as the clock ticks away. Your eyes blazing from exposure to the screen, your voice cracking after looking at the yootoobs and demanding to know what is up while you affirm that yes you are indeed the boy of the audience. Yo.
One such gamer has gone through the ringer and back, experiencing all of the highs and lows of various video games in pursuit of the deadliest of world records. GiantWaffle, or Andrew Bodine to his mum and dad, took on the challenge to set a world record, and after 572 hours over the course of a month, he has reached the finish line. Madness:
Now there is a caveat to how this world record was attempted: For the sake of not dying and general wellness, Bodine was allowed five hours of rest between marathon 19 hour sessions of gaming. “Streaming 19 hours a day isn’t healthy,” Bodine said to Kotaku last month when he was preparing for his world record attempt.
It’s very obvious and I’m well aware of it. But when put into perspective, a lot of people trying to break records push themselves to the limit in ways that are not seen as healthy. It’s not easy. It was never meant to be easy.
The actual preparation for this monumental gaming binge is the stuff that deserves a Rocky theme tune for the level of mental training that Bodine embarked on. After several months of preparing his mind, body and soul for the effort, Bodine had managed to alter his Cicadian rhythm so that he could get by on a mere handful of hours, like some sort of oil rig worker.
Over a month of toil and dedication, playing games such as Luigi’s Mansion 3, Death Stranding and Escape from Tarkov, Bodine’s name is now in the video game history books. It’s a world record that has surpassed the efforts of people such as Zizaran (500 hours), Edison Park (541 hours) and JayBig (566 hours). Now to see how long it’ll take before someone else tries their hand at it.
As for Bodine? He’s busy catching 40 000 winks of sleep.
Last Updated: December 2, 2019