Minnesota: The land of my birth, a state that is known for being a wholly unremarkable, uninhabitable no man's land. It's a place I've tried to flee an average of once every two years, but now, having found myself back in the heart of my frost-eaten hovel, I've grown to love it, so it was much to my delight that the kids over at Minneapolis-based Game Informer Magazine did our good state proud by accomplishing a most monumental task: Holding the "Longest Fighting Game Marathon" in recorded history. After presumably stocking up on food and enough caffeinated beverages to kill a bull elephant, the stalwart four (Dan Ryckert, Tim Turi, Jeff Cork, and Ben Reeves) played Super Smash Bros. Brawl for 30 hours straight, surpassing the previous record of 26 hours and 27 minutes which, incidentally, was also set during an extended -- very extended indeed -- bout of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Game Informer has "dozens of hours of great footage, and he's working on a video documenting the events, complete with interviews conducted at various points throughout the process," so be sure to check their website in the future. I'm sure there will be fun, frivolity, and rambling psycho-babble.
We in the state of Minnesota may have to deal with the interminable, dull ache of irrelevance, but we game like nobody's business. This achievement will no doubt find itself wedged neatly between the tallest Coke can pyramid and the woman with the largest earlobes, but I for one am simply happy to see the state being recognized for something that doesn't involve things collapsing -- i.e. bridges or stadiums. It's an impressive feat of endurance, one that aptly captures the essence of our hearty American stock. As my high school social studies teacher once told me, "Competition is what separates us from the Reds."
God bless our brave and noble gamers.
(image via Game Informer)