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Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition Paperback – Dec 18 2012

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness World Records (Dec 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904994954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994954
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sadly, It looks like they don't have much information left to put in this series anymore. I was really disapointed with this one. I have from 2010 to this one, and this one is by far the worse of the four.
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By Ken on March 25 2013
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It is a very interesting book and it has inspired me to win a Guinness game record so i can be famous
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased the 2012 edition for my daughter, who loves video games, and the 2013 edition is just as exciting and fascinating. This updated version includes new records, stunning illustrations, achievements, and much more. A fun-filled quiz is interesting, along with up-to-date news. In addition, this complete guide offers tips and helpful hints for games with intriguing information in the gaming world. My daughter also uses this book as a time-out from playing and achieving awards as a different fun diversion. She enjoys reading about new facts and her favorite characters. This book is the perfect gift for any occasion. Those who enjoy video games will love this book, which is the famous ultimate Gamer's guide!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
huge hit with the gaming nephew Jan. 7 2013
By C. Dionne - Published on
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My oldest nephew is a huge gaming nut but also loves any facts he can find about games. He's constantly telling me what year games were introduced, characters who are in multiple games and a wide variety of other facts. I've given him lots of gifts over the years and they've all been met with a ho hum attitude but this one was a home run! He actually sat down and started reading right away. I couldn't help myself, I even sat down and read through some of the facts and was heard to say "Did you know..." a few times.

Each 'record' is in large type and has interesting pictures that correlate to the game being discussed which I thought was very cool. It's perfect for young gamers who you want to get off the game system for a bit, maybe even encourage reading a bit more. I'm wishing now that I'd bought a copy for my son as well.
Give Me Something To Break Sept. 16 2013
By SquallSnake - Published on
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Every year Guinness, overseers of mankind’s world records, publishes a Gamer’s Edition. Often working alongside Twin Galaxies, this annual publication is a place where hardcore gaming fanatics, developers, and publishers can be honored for their fastest times, highest scores, and all around gaming dedication.

The book is broken down by category: hardware, shooters, action-adventure, casual gaming, fighting, MMO’s, Platforming, Racing, RPGs, sports, and strategy/simulation. The last portion is saved for the evolution of gaming graphics as well as some Twin Galaxy scoreboards.

Each section is introduced in a basic way with the following pages focused on one particular game or series. For example, the shooter section specifically highlights Call of Duty, Counter Strike, Boarderlands, Halo, and Bioshock. The Boarderlands’ 2-page spread, for example, mentions specific World Records like how it has the most guns in any game and had the bestselling multi-platform series debut. All pages are designed with large images of these corresponding games with small caption-like blurbs that quickly mention World Record factoids. Even though this book is over 200 pages, it is a very quick read.

I have a couple issues regarding new features unique to this 2013 edition. First, each section has a nonsensical comparison between two main characters. For example, the book compares a Big Daddy Vs Nathan Drake on page 55. This small Excel-like chart scores each character on dumb categories like Feet, Pheromones, Weaponry, and Charm. Clearly this small section is designed to be humorous but in a book that is strictly supposed to be about facts makes these opinionated comparisons a waste of space.

Secondly, each section opens with a little box that explains “how to spot this genre.” Like the character comparisons, this section is also slightly opinionated. Further, for a publication that prides itself on defining facts, they completely misrepresent the “shooter” section. Instead, they should have called this section First or Third Person Shooters and saved the term “shooter” for games like Ikaruga or Gradius.

Most pages contain a welcomed random trivia question. This casual test will most likely please hardcore gamers, the target audience of this book, as they get to prove their gaming knowledge. However, it is awkwardly printed vertically on the edge of the page. And given that each 2-page spread can be read within just a minute or two, the reader constantly has to rotate the book to read this question. In prior years, these trivia questions were printed on the bottom of each page; that system was much more reader friendly.

Most of the book mentions large World Records that are based around entire companies, like fasting selling THIS, or most downloaded THAT. However, I found the Twin Galaxies scoreboard section in the back of the book to be the most interesting. These few pages list a random assortment of games along with the individual that set the record. And that is why this section is the most impressive and interesting as these records are set by everyday people. If anything, I wish there was more of these types of records in the book. But at the same time, I suppose anyone interested enough can look up records online and on the Twin Galaxies website.

The Gamer’s Edition is an interesting read for anyone interested in gaming. This book can also inspire fellow gamers into setting a record of their own. It would have been nice if the book explained the process of submitting an entry for a World Record though.

This book has a retail value of $14.99 but Amazon usually sells it for a little cheaper. It is designed to be a quicker read as each page just lists a bunch of impressive facts alongside tons of official art assets. The front and back covers are not really that impressive but for the cheaper price point, you can’t complain too much.

Watch Out For: the website typo error on page 71

Also Try: setting your own personal record, like holding “it” for three days

Also Try #2: reading the Dictionary
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My son loves this Jan. 24 2013
By Charlotte R Prewitt - Published on
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Great book for my 13 year old "gamer" son. Kids who enjoy video games will enjoy reading this book and sharing stats with their friends.
Filled With So Much Information! April 10 2013
By Dad of Divas - Published on
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This was a great book that any person who loves gaming will completely be drawn into. As someone who grew up on different gaming systems, I have always held a special place in my heart for videogames and the artistry that goes into the development of them. This book provides the reading with an in-depth look into the world of gaming and is amazingly filled with so many records, achievements and so much more. The book has so many great high resolution photos as well which creates an atmosphere in the book that is truly conducive to learning o much more than you would have considered. I found myself re-reading some sections because I was so intrigued (an it was fun to be able to pull out some of this data to share with other gaming friends!

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*