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April 16, 2010

Video game sets a new world record

Posted: 03:50 PM ET
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Most world records associated with gaming are for long game play (see: Asteroids record), but one game will be honored for how well it was featured.

"Assassin's Creed II" (Ubisoft) picked up the Guinness World Record for most covered-featured video game. The action-adventure game was used as a lead cover story on 127 different publications in 32 countries, between April 2009 and April 2010.

In the United Kingdom alone, the massive press campaign for "Assassin’s Creed II" achieved 17 front covers, over 340 pages of specialist press coverage and 14 review awards. Guinness officials were surprised by the reach of the game.

"I’m sure plenty of commentators, including myself, would have predicted another well-known game winning the title instead, and this achievement is even more impressive in view of the other 2009 releases that 'Assassin’s Creed II' was able to beat," Gaz Deaves, Editor of "Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition," said.

Deaves said they initially thought a classic arcade game would have been the record-holder (i.e. – "Pac-Man", "Space Invaders") because they've been around for far longer. But, he said, few magazines took an interest in gaming when those games were big.

After examining more recent titles, including "Grand Theft Auto IV", "Modern Warfare 2", and "Halo 3", Deaves and his team verified "Assassin's Creed II" as the winner.

Ubisoft spokeswoman Lisa Revelli said many journalists worldwide made requests to have the game featured on their front covers. Revelli said "Assassin's Creed II" has sold 9 million units worldwide since its release in November 2009.

The record will be shortlisted for entry in the next edition of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.

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video games are done on basic language of computer.


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Sighs. I'm unfortunately unable to play any of the top recently released games due to my weak, shader-model-2.0 graphics card! It's time for an upgrade! Hell, I still have yet to even play GTA 4!


Gerald   April 18th, 2010 7:01 am ET

To the person that wrote games are wrote in basic thats true but most complex game are wrote in C+ or C++


Scott Phillips   April 18th, 2010 12:05 pm ET

Basic as in Basic?! Basic A?


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the best game ever written in C++ will always be quake


Shkaa   April 18th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

To Gerald: There is no common programming language called C+, there's C and there's C++. Basic's pretty outdated these days, but there are a pretty noticeable number of games being produced in Java.


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Pflash   April 19th, 2010 4:07 pm ET

Shkaa – Yes, there was a C+, wasn't "common". I used to teach it. We called it "C" plus. I only taught it one semester using a command-line interface. Then used the Kernigan/Ritchie book and taught using Turbo C. Liked the new IDE interface. Microsoft was always a step behind in those days.
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I got upset when every 12-14 months there was a new version!!
-Oh, the good 'ol days!!


Bub   April 19th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

One reason not mentioned in the article is WHY it was so heavily featured. CNN, you are supposed to be journalists, not mouthpieces for Ubisoft's PR firm. Investigate next time.

The reason it was so heavily covered was because many journalists, bloggers and players complained about the draconian DRM system that prevents players from playing without an Internet connection. Not only did it inconvenience many honest players, but it also mobilized player activists and made many people think about DRM and its negative effect on purchases and branding.

Why are these causes not mentioned in this article?


Guest   April 20th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

Awesome. But I think Uncharted2: Among Thieves should've won that......


Chad   April 20th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

Pflash: C++ has been around for since 1983. It was the Object Oriented upgrade from C. C# is Microsoft's proprietary language which was developed as an O O language within the .NET framework (and alternative to Java) basically put and its only been around for about 10 years.


Bob   April 20th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

Then used the Kernigan/Ritchie book and taught using Turbo C.

^^ Still the most concise book on programming ever written.


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one of the best games i have ever played!!!!


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Bub, you are absolutely right. Same thing with Command & Conquer 4. You can't play these games without a persistent internet connection, so if your connection pops in and out, you get booted out of the game! The most ridiculous system ever conceived.


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