You can't become a Game Changer without playing a few games. A lot of games, actually, and for long periods of time (see what Malcolm Gladwell says about 10,000 hours). And you can't become a Guinness World Record holder (Gamers' Edition) without playing video games for 50 hours and 1 minute straight. David Dino, one of our 2010 DML Competition Game Changer winners, was interviewed immediately after he and fellow champions Sean Crowley and Lauren Guiliano set five Guinness World Records at New York's Playstation Lounge at the Sony Style Store. The five Guinness World Records include:
- Longest marathon playing a platform video game (50 hours and 1 minute)
- Longest marathon playing LittleBigPlanet 2 (50 hours and 1 minute)
- Most game genres played in one video game in 24 hours (38)
- Most user-generated video game levels played in 24 hours (272)
- Most user-generated video game levels played in a marathon (586)
Lest you think an accomplishment like this means no time for serious study, take note that David recently graduated with his MBA (he will put his Guinness World Record certificate right next to his MBA, he says). I have to admit, though, I was impressed with 50 straight hours awake. With people watching. Followed by an interview. That part should be included in the Guinness World Record: 50 straight hours playing a playform video game followed by an interview.
David Dino and his fellow Game Changers will demo their games at the DML Competition Showcase on March 4, 2011, including David's new Stem Cell Sackboy game.
Countdown to the 2010 DML Competition Showcase features Where Are They Now? updates on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 winners. The 2010 DML Competition winners will showcase their projects at the Designing Learning Futures DML Conference on March 4, 2011 in Long Beach, California.
Visit our DML Countdown page to view more updates from featured projects.