Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition is available in stores today. To celebrate this London’s Liverpool St. Station was yesterday taken over by the world’s largest videogame controller.
Created by Ben Allen, a British Engineering student at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, along with Stephen van ‘t Hof and Michel Verhulst, this massive NES controller replica measures an enormous 12ft x 5ft 3 in x 1ft 8 in and weighs an estimated 18 stone. Commuters were invited to have a go on the controller, which requires two people to use effectively in games such as Tetris and Super Mario Bros. The device, created as part of a university project, took 5 months to create at an estimated cost of £4,000.
We had a chance to play with the controller yesterday. The actual mechanics of using it were quite complex, with one person required to use the D-pad, whilst a second person was needed to press the buttons for jumping and such. The buttons needed quite a lot of force to actually press, and so I found myself pushing with both hands and getting quite a workout from the event. Of course, having two players controlling Mario on the screen involved an awful lot of shouting instructions between us, but it was incredible how well it worked.
Also present at the London event, and featured in the new book, are British record holders Ryan Hart (Most International Street Fighter Competition Wins: over 450) and Sami Cetin, a Super Mario Kart professional player that holds the record for the Fastest Completion of Mario Kart (56.45 seconds).
This year’s Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness World Records also includes such amazing accomplishments as the largest videogame tournament, which was the FIFA Interactive World Cup that attracted 869,453 gamers, and the longest videogame marathon, held by Tony Desmet, Jesse Rebmann and Jeffrey Gammon who played Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for an amazing 109 hours.
Here are some more photos of this massive controller taken at the event.