New Guinness World Record Set With 36 Continuous Hours in Virtual Reality

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A 36 hour VR session by Australian Jack McNee, of the YouTube Channel LPVR, has been confirmed by the Guinness World Records organization as the new record to beat for the “longest videogame marathon on a virtual reality game system.”

The marathon—which had McNee living for a day and a half in VR using an HTC Vive headset with the VR paint app Tilt Brush and his creativity to entertain him—took place back in April, and has now been confirmed on the Guinness World Records website. McNee’s time of 36 hours, 2 minutes, and 16 seconds blasted past the prior Guinness record, which, at the time, was 25 hours, 24 minutes, and 18 seconds, set by technology journalist Georgie Barrat.

During his record setting marathon, McNee had to stay in a single VR app, Tilt Brush. A smart choice considering the app allowed him to fend off boredom by drawing characters from The Simpsons, Adventure Time, Pokemon, and, thanks to his session being livestreamed, playing rounds of Hangman and Pictionary with viewers.

McNee was hand-fed and doesn’t appear to have slept throughout the marathon. Throughout the session, he also collected donations for The Reach Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to “[helping] children in need – physically, socially, and financially.”

For now, McNee must feel pretty good to be the only one in the world to be able to make the claim of holding the Guinness record for this feat, but I have a feeling that it won’t go unchallenged for long.

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  • dk

    lol

  • Luke

    I didn’t understand those points
    1 did he made poo and piss? and how?
    2 did he slept? how many hours?
    3 did he eat and drink?

  • Jean-Sebastien Perron

    36 hours with the heavy, painful and blurred Vive? Wow! I do that every other day with my light and comfortable Oculus.

    • Steve Biegun

      You spend 36 hours in an Oculus every other day?

      • Konchu

        I would imagine its interspersed with a mild Coma in-between sessions.

    • NooYawker

      36 hours every other day? That’s really sad, no wonder you have trouble grasping reality.

    • VirtualBro

      Hey man, take your trolling somewhere else. We’re all VR fans here!

      • E.T. Deubner

        I love the fact that the VR community is always quick to shut down comments about which system is better which is pointless negativity that benefits nobody. Its nice to see people advancing along with the technology.

    • David Herrington

      Lighten up buddy. Maybe try some more fiber in your diet.

  • Get Schwifty!

    I’m glad he did something for a charity as part of this effort.

  • David Herrington

    Very curious to know what the stipulations for “Continuous time in Virtual Reality really means” because if you can sleep then it would be a lot easier. If they don’t allow sleep then this time will be a lot closer to what a person can endure (I think 3 days no sleep is what most people can take without big repercussions).

    The last guy that did this was getting pretty nauseous halfway through. I am curious to know if this guy just had a more stable setup or better VR legs, or if he actually got sick and they didn’t show it.

  • Evgeni Zharsky

    His poor retinas

  • johngrimoldy

    Damn! He didn’t even have the deluxe audio strap. That’s the VR equivalent of going commando.

    • Jerald Doerr

      Ok… That was funny!!!