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Lara Croft is named by Guinness as the "Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine."
Guinness to track video game world records

Guinness World Records already compiles many of the world’s most bizarre and amazing feats from mankind, but oddly enough, gaming achievements are currently a little lacking from the latest book of world records. That will soon change, however, as Guinness World Records will announce at the London Book Fair that it is working on a book dedicated to video game records.

"We reintroduced videogaming world records to our annual book a few years ago, and it’s proved to be one of the most popular sections with our core readers. It makes sense, therefore, to dedicate an entire annual to the subject," said Guinness World Records editor in chief Craig Glenday.

The book will include reviews of the 20 biggest games of the year, plus record game scores, hardware profiles, sales figures, technical achievements and professional gamer salaries, according to

"Our record researchers are already scouring the videogaming community for superlatives, and the vast number of games, gamers, developers and platforms mean that we have an incredible pool of content to dip into each year. It's going to be a very exciting project," added Glenday.

Guinness World Records: Videogame Edition 2008 is expected to release in April 2008.

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RE: WHAT ? !!
By Zurtex on 4/13/2007 5:30:54 AM , Rating: 2
I do think more Metroid games have sold than Tomb Raider games though. Certainly seem to remember Metroid being above Tomb Raider in the top selling game franchises. So yeah, I'm always miffed with this (seen this exact record been given about before by other stuff) unless they state that Samus isn't human.

RE: WHAT ? !!
By Aikouka on 4/13/2007 12:32:54 PM , Rating: 3
I look at it like this... if I went around and asked people if they knew who Samus Aran or Lara Croft were... who would people know? Survey says... Lara Croft. The Metroid games are definitely very good (in my opinion, the earlier ones... not a fan of Prime), but Lara is just more well-known. I don't think most people really know that Samus is a girl unless you die in Super Metroid and see the silhouette of a girl when you blow up (I think that was the scene? Correct me if I'm wrong, please)

RE: WHAT ? !!
By JDHack42 on 4/13/2007 6:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
You find out Samus is a girl if you beat Metroid in under 4 hours, and there's no mistaking it if your time is under 2 hours.

This points to the whole issue of demographics. If Guiness relies on the younger generations to determine popularity, we'll miss many of the games that have come and gone.

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