You were probably thinking Mario weren’t you? Well you would be wrong my friend. Guinness has put out it’s 2010 “Book of World Records Gamers Edition” and surprisely Mario is not the most well known video game character in America. Only the man who eats ghosts and chases babes with pink bows could take that title. Good old PAC-MAN took the title for the Most Recognizable Video Game Character. The book drops today. I am really happy to see NBA JAM has a spot in this book, “IS IT THE SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Here’s some of the other highlights noted by gameinformer.com
Biggest Selling Video Game of All Time: Wii Sports, with over 46 million sold
Highest Grossing Video Arcade of All Time: NBA Jam, making $1 billion in its first year
Longest Time Spent Playing an MMORPG: Sara Lhadi logged 16,799 hours grinding away in Runescape (Runescape!?) between November 2004 and October 2009 (I guess she hasn’t stopped). That’s nearly 700 days, which is nearly two solid years of game time! Also, that averages out to 9 hours 20 minutes a day.
Largest Collection of Pokemon Memorabilia: 12,113 unique Poke-things make up UK-resident, Lisa Courtney’s real life Pokedex.
Most Popular Puzzle Game of the Century: This one goes to Bejeweled, which is likely sitting in your pocket as we speak. The game accounts for about one-third of PopCap’s 1 billion game downloads. Puzzle game of the Century, eh? I though that the Rubik’s Cube or jigsaw puzzle might have put up a better fight.
Most Recognizable Video Game Character: Mario? Sonic? Mega Man? Nope, it’s Namco’s very own Pac-Man. 94 percent of American consumers recognize the pellet-gobbler, edging out Nintendo’s plumber by just one percent.
Number 1 Video Game Series (As Voted By Readers): Halo. 13,079 Guinness enthusiasts participated in an online poll of the top 50 game series, marking Master Chief’s series as supreme champ.