That title is the entire premise behind this post. The current record stands at 35 hours 40 minutes and 2 seconds and I am aiming to break that Guinness World Record with an attempt this spring. I am asking for everyones and anyones help. Please consider donating so this world record attempt can be made.
The full explanation (which is also on the fundraising page.)
I have possessed a strong desire for years now to become a Guinness World Record holder. Much time and research has been invested to find what title would be most practical and achievable to pursue. It hasn't been the easiest as I have many interests and have been proven time and again to be competent at many things, but exceptional at very few. However, when I came across video game records on the Guinness website, I found some of them fascinating, and others interesting. Most importantly of all, I found a one that I believe to be more achievable than others.
The Selection: The Longest Video Game Marathon Playing Minecraft.
I have been playing Minecraft on PC almost since it's alpha release in 2010. (My college roommate actually bought my copy for me as an early christmas gift.) I've been enjoying this game as it has grown and evolved. I love to play it even more now than I did when I first started.
Since I found that a Minecraft Gaming Marathon is not only a real record but a somewhat competitive one I started thinking on it and turning a plan over and over in my mind. It didn't take too much thought, to realize that this is absolutely something I could aim for. I shared this with my wife and she stated plainly that it would take some fundraising for her to be ok with me taking up to four days away from her and our children to make this attempt.
Thus, here we are.
I would enjoy it deeply to even make a single attempt at a Guinness World Record. So please consider giving to my cause. Even if you aren't completely comfortable with why I am doing this, please know the funds would still be greatly helpful. My wife and I possess our own personal mountain of student loans and this would almost certainly go toward paying off another chunk of said mountain. So please consider that as well when deciding to give.
Here's a smattering of the little details that would contribute to my success in this world record attempt:
-Having done the research, it is allowed for competitors making a video game marathon attempt to have a ten minute break for every hour of game play. They can be saved up and stacked up for use at once. I would take advantage of this and not push myself hard all at one straight session but pace myself, breaking the goal time into several more manageable chunks of time.
--I already have experience with not getting full quality of sleep and functioning well enough. I have two children, both under three years old.
--Not only do get interrupted sleep by my children, I work in snow removal so I'm used to being awake at all hours of the night, or morning, and needing to function coherently. Also, for the rest of the year, when I'm not working in snow, I work in landscaping so I'm used to grueling and tiresome work for hours and hours straight with no break.
--I have the blessed gift that allows me to fall asleep quickly. It doesn't take me hours to finally drift off. So taking a break for naps would serve me well in this.
--I have played longer gaming sessions before, three or four hours long and it wasn't trouble at all. I get immersed in the game play and I can stay focused, and even desirous of finishing a goal or project if it isn't finished yet. (And there is ALWAYS room for another project in a Minecraft world.
--I also don't use caffeine much at all in everyday life, when I'm lacking sleep or not. Thus without a high tolerance, any need to use that would be more effective.
--So, combining: my gift for napping and falling asleep quickly, not needing full nights of sleep every night, practice at physical endurance, the excitement and adrenaline of this event, the potential aid of caffeine, and the employment of the Uberman sleep cycle (Google this! It's a pretty cool idea!) for this event, all contribute to why I believe I can make a successful run for my own Guinness World Record title!
I've also been putting additional research into: how to best sleep, how to best endure hours of staring at a screen. How to integrate exercise. Best foods to eat and how often, and even screen brightness and environment - all in the idea of giving myself every advantage for going to the gold medal in Minecraft marathon gaming!
Let me know if you want to colab on this. Actually in the military and some days stay up for 48 hours. Should also be easy having 24 hours of sunlight in Alaska.
Good idea, im not great at the game, but I would be willing to play for a bit and help keep the game from becoming to monotonous, which would probably be the biggest problem after that much time played.