New world endurance record set in video gaming

July 22, 2010 By David Sheets

Yes, we've been to the moon, split the atom, sailed a balloon around the planet, so the next great feat of humanity had to be nothing less than playing a video game for 50 hours straight.

Six Dutch gamers in Rotterdam finished doing exactly that today, playing "Red Dead Redemption" on since Friday. The idea though was not to break a record so much as promote a new gadget, the TwistDock, which keeps game controllers continuously charged ... for those times you and a passel of friends want to play 50 hours straight.

Right now, TwistDock ( isn't available in the United States but should be around Christmas.

The six players -- Renzo Bos, Robbie van Eijkeren, Sven de Vries, Marcel van Wardenburg, and brothers Edward and Maykel Leest -- beat by almost 10 hours the old set by one player last September and got their accomplishment sanctioned by a visiting judge from Guinness Book of World Records.

Better still, they each received the equivalent of almost $1,300 in prize money and six free TwistDocks. Surely, that's worth 50 hours of anyone's time, wouldn't you say?

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not rated yet Jul 23, 2010
"Better still, they each received the equivalent of almost $1,300 in prize money and six free TwistDocks. Surely, that's worth 50 hours of anyone's time, wouldn't you say?"

A TwistDock's worth about $100, so 1,400/50 = $28/hour, without breaks. If it weren't for the fact that they were playing a video game (assuming they enjoyed it or, at least, some of it), it would hardly be worth it. I know I wouldn't do it.

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