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Guinness rings in New Year with ridiculous video game records

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(Credit: Guinness World Records)

So you think you can dance? So does Carrie Swidecki – and she’s got the record to prove it.

Last year, the 37-year-old teacher played Ubisoft’s Just Dance 4 for 49 hours, 3 minutes and 22 seconds without stopping to throw up. That marathon play/dance session turned her into a record holder.

Swidecki, who says she lost 75 pounds from exercising via video games, joins a number of other gamers making their debut in the Guinness World Records: 2014 Gamers Edition, which hits stores on Thursday.

Take Stephen Kish, a 24-year old British gamer who not only racked up a record-setting score of 5,555,552 on the seminal Pac-Man last year, but also earned a spot for scoring 37,510 points on a single level of Angry Birds. Or Sean “DarthKnight” Grayson, who beat the sprawling, open-world action game Batman: Arkham City in just 2 hours, 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

But when it comes to the crown of biggest overall gamer, that belongs to Michael Thomasson, a 43-year-old teacher from Buffalo, NY. Thomasson has a game collection with nearly 11,000 titles valued at $700,000.

It’s not just gamers on Guinness's list. Several games set records last year, though none on quite the scale of Grand Theft Auto V. All totaled, the Rockstar Games smash set seven new landmarks in the video game industry:

  • Best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours
  • Best-selling videogame in 24 hours
  • Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  • Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion
  • Highest grossing videogame in 24 hours
  • Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  • Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogame

Despite those feats, developer Codemasters might have the most gasp-inducing record in this year's book. A version of the company's GRID 2 racing game was named the most expensive video game ever made.

The one-of-a-kind special edition came with the game, a GRID-themed helmet and jumpsuit and a BAC Mono supercar, as well as a trip to the factory to customize the car. The price on that bad boy? A cool £125,000 ($190,100).

You can grab the new edition of the Guinness book here.

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