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The world's largest video game controller, 30 times the size of a standard joypad, was unveiled today as one of the wackier winners in the new Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.
The fully working device, which is an oversized replica of the pads on Nintendo's iconic NES console, was on display at Liverpool St Station, London.
If you wanted to use it like a standard handheld pad, you would need to be 51m (167ft) tall – the same height as London landmark Nelson’s Column.
The world's largest videogame controller, 30 times the size of a standard joypad, was unveiled at London's Liverpool St station today
The device, created by British Engineering student Ben Allen, is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer Edition
The joypad is a remake of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System pad from the Eighties
The pad, created by a team of students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, went on display to promote the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition.
British engineering student Ben Allen, 23, was one of the three who built the device as apart of a university project.
Mr Allen said: 'This is really a labour of love. We’re passionate about gaming and wanted to honour its most iconic device; the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) joypad.
'We put our heads together in the pub and decided to create this absurdly large working version.
'It’s such a rush to know we’ve made history and are being included in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.'
The joypad, which measures 366cm x 159cm x 51cm (12ft x 5ft 3in in x 1ft 8in), and weighs an estimated 265 pounds (18 stone), took five months and £4,000 to build.
Such is the size of the controller that it requires at least two gamers to press the buttons - or jump on them.
Ryan Hart (Left) & Kayane (Right) - Britain's Ryan Hart has won over 450 Street Fighter events in 13 different countries from 1998 to 2011
Also present at the London event, and featured in the new book, were British record holders Ryan Hart and Sami Çetin.
Mr Hart the official European Street Fighter Champion, holds the record for Most International Street Fighter Competition Wins, with over 450 to his name.
Mr Çetin is a Super Mario Kart professional player that holds the record for the Fastest Lap on Mario Kart, at 56.45 seconds.
He said: 'It’s an honour to be recognised for something you’re passionate about.'
Pictured alongside Mr Hart in the book is 20-year-old Marie-Laure Norindr, dressed as the iconic Street Fighter character Chun-Li.
Ms Norindr, from France, is recognised for two new records; First Woman to Win a Pro-Street Fighter Event and Most Podium Placements in a Fighting Game, with 42 since 2001.
Five members of the Arnold family from Frankfort, Illinois, USA, who take part in official Pokémon videogame world championships. The family include Ryan, mum Linda, Ryan's twin David, dad Glenn and youngest child Grace
She says she is use to the sexism that exists in the competitive scene and takes it in her stride.
'There will be always some machos criticising me and it has always existed. I’m used to this since I was 10 years old,' she said.
'I don’t care because I think I have proved myself with my results. Now it just makes me laugh.'
Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Bolinger is another woman to break her way in the traditionally male dominated world of videogames.
Known online as Kitty McScratch, the American is recognised as the Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer with more than 85 number one high scores on the Just Dance and Dance Central franchises.
London's Sami Cetin, a professional Super Mario Kart player, is recognised for the Fastest Lap on Mario Kart in a time of 56.45 seconds
Demonstrating the overall popularity of gaming, the FIFA Interactive World Cup broke its own record for the Largest Videogame Tournament.
Some 869,453 gamers from across the world entered the competition last year.
Sixteen-year-old Francisco Cruz from Portugal won the tournament and walked away with the $20,000 prize money.
Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, Gaz Deaves, said: 'We’ve been burning the midnight oil like ninjas for the 2012 Gamer’s Edition: witnessing record attempts, talking to developers and playing as many video games as we could handle.
'Gamers all over the world can finally get their hands on the result of our hard labour, and this year’s book packed with all the amazing records, facts and feats that they have a right to expect from Guinness World Records.'
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