It’s safe to assume that, for most of you, the novelty of having a supercomputer in your pocket has long worn off. Your smartphone is just another thing you grab in the morning before you stumble out the door. Texting, updating, tweeting, photographing – boring! It’s about time we start using our smarphones for something else, something better. No, not sexting. Think big – think Guinness World Records big. Here are four real Guinness World Records you can set with your phone right now, no freakish body hair required.
Number to beat: 2,030 people
For this one, you’re going to need the help of some friends – a few thousand of them. The record for the largest mobile phone game relay is currently held by Nokia Malaysia, which in June 2011 gathered 2,030 people to play one continuous game of “Angry Birds.” Each participant played one level of the game (pass or fail) before the next poor sucker took over. The record lasted an exhausting 10 hours.
Number to beat: 56.57 seconds
You might think the QWERTY keyboard is dead. But if you’re looking to get your name in the record books, you’d best bust out that old (or new) BlackBerry. The Guinness World Record for fastest text message was set by Pennsylvania middle schooler Grace Pak, who tapped out a prescribed 246-character text in just 56.57 seconds in June of 2011.
Number to beat: 1,500 points
Hate fruit? Then this is the challenge for you. To get in the books as the baddest Fruit Ninja in the land, Guinness World Records says you have to hit the high score of 1,500 points using either the iOS or Android version of the game. You must also play the game in classic mode, and you’re not allowed to use any in-game purchases to set the record, which has not yet been set. Fruit Ninja not your game? You can also test your iOS gaming skills on Mr. Pimples, Flower Warfare, and Tiny Wings.
Numer to beat: 24 hours 10 minutes
Few things in life are more satisfying than locking yourself in a room and vegging out with a video game for hours on end. But for this record, you may need some endurance training. The current record for longest video game marathon on a mobile device stands at 24 hours and 10 minutes. The feat was achieved by not one but three gamers – Paul Dahlhoff of Germany; and Martin Fornleitner, Hans Peter Glock, and Stefan Reichspfarrer, all of Austria – who button-mashed on their Sony Xperia Play handsets for longer than any other humans on Earth back in August of 2011.
How to submit your record for judgement
To officially receive a Guinness World Record you must first register at the company’s website, and submit an application. Once your application is accepted (it usually takes between four and six weeks), Guinness World Records will send you three packets of information: The General Info pack, the Record Guidelines (for the specific record you want to set or break), and the Evidence Required pack, which will explain exactly how to prove that you set a new Guinness World Record.
Once you believe you have set a new record, and have everything you need to prove it, you send out your evidence to the Guinness World Records main office in London, England, where a Record Adjudicator will verify your attempt. If confirmed, you’ll get a certificate proving that you are now a Guinness World Record holder. Use your newfound awesomeness wisely.
Pro tip: For the “highest mobile gaming score” records, all you have to do is upload a video to YouTube that very clearly shows you breaking the record score, and submit it to the Guinness World Record website. Each week a Record Adjudicator reviews the submissions, and assigns real Guinness World Records to those who meet the qualifications. This process isn’t available for all records (yet), but it’s a great way to fast track the process for the applicable records.
For more Guinness World Records gaming goodness, check out the Guinness World Records 2013 Gaming Edition here.
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