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Meet The Pokemon Family

The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition hits stores today. Betwixt the pages readers will find a story about the Arnold family from Chicago who are Pokemon heroes. Between them they hold a bunch of records and rank as some of the world's greatest players each year during the official Pokemon Video Game Championships. So their Guinness record is for "Largest Competitive Pokemon Videogame Family".

The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition contains something for players of all kinds. Notching the latest high-water mark in the seemingly never-ending battle for Donkey Kong supremacy, New York City's Hank Chien earned the "Highest Score on Donkey Kong" with 1,090,000 points. Mobile mavens will love the spread on Angry Birds, the "Best-Selling Mobile Series" (more than 250 million downloads) and the app with the "Most Days Spent as the Best-Selling App in iTunes Store" (275 consecutive days).

Gamers with a little extra cash can spend $1,242 of their hard-earned money on the "Most Valuable Kinect Sensor", a special peripheral encrusted with 6,000 Swarovski crystals. Brassy brawlers will be knocked out by an entire section devoted to Fighting Games including Mortal Kombat, Marvel Vs. Capcom and Dead or Alive, while the growing genre of "Lifestyle & Fitness" games boasts achievements like "Most People Exercising to a Videogame" (783 people).

Once again, this year features many women making their mark in the interactive realm. Iowa's Elizabeth Bolinger preferred to dance her way into the record books, where she earned the title for "Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer" with top scores in 85 songs spanning across Dance Central, Just Dance and Just Dance 2 and she'll be attempting a new high score on popular gaming network G4 in mid-January. Jennifer Hale grabbed the record for "Most Prolific Voice Actor" for lending her voice to 129 video games over the course of almost two decades.

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Jan 4 2012, 10:56 AM

I'm really excited about the new book. There's so many awesome records in there and I'm honored to be featured in it. Congrats to everyone who got records this year and to those that want to start setting records, Go for it! I'd love to see some more gamers get recognized for their awesomeness! Thanks to Guinness for taking the time to put this book together.

Liz Bolinger

Jan 3 2012, 5:12 PM

I hate Pokmemun, but each to his own...

Jan 3 2012, 11:48 AM

I think it's great that they've bonded over gaming, good for them.

CorranSatet replied to kilaen's post
Jan 3 2012, 3:54 PM

Yeah, that's a pretty good point. Considering that most parents use game consoles like babysitters, it is kind of refreshing to see a family doing something together....even if it is Pokemon. (ugh)

Jan 3 2012, 9:48 AM

Gaming, it was good knowing you while you were still fresh and inspiring.

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