Guinness reveals Elder Scrolls records


Not too long ago, I found out that Guinness — those guys that determine the world’s tallest person, longest fingernails, and the most t-shirts ever worn at one time, were coming out with a new book that shares videogame records. While it’s not the first time Guinness has recorded videogame records, it’s their first book devoted completely to games. To help create the book, Guinness worked with Twin Galaxies, who have been recording pinball and videogame records for years.

The book, Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, just recently went on sale (I got my copy in the mail two days ago), and it even features two pages on the Elder Scrolls series. I won’t spoil the whole book (soon to be a staple in my bathroom library), but here’s a few tidbits I thought I’d share:

  • Daggerfall has the largest land-based game area at 63,125 square miles.
  • Daggerfall is also listed as having the most NPCs (non-player characters) in any RPG with 750,000.
  • The fastest play-through of Morrowind was done by Vladimir “Knu” Semenov at 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Kudos to Freddo for pointing this out a month ago.

Who knows, maybe there’s a record out there waiting for you to break it. My new goal is to beat Brian Sulpher’s record for highest margin of victory over an AI opponent in a basketball videogame. In Tecmo Super NBA Basketball for SNES, he beat the computer by 331 points. If the Pistons could score 186 points in a real-life NBA game, maybe I can pull off my own magic with their virtual counterpart.

Reader Comments

  1. I’m not convinced the number of the Daggerfall NPCs is correct. Many NPCs are made up randomly as you play, so there’s basically an unlimited amount of NPCs.

    But somehow that number (and other Daggerfall numbers) just popped up on TESF about 3 years ago and surprisingly few have questioned them as they popped up on wikipedia. Or maybe I just missed some vital information.

  2. Just to let you know, they screwed up listing that score, as my record for Tecmo NBA Basketball is for the NES, not the SNES. The two consoles play fairly differently.

  3. Hey Brian! Congrats on the honor.

    It’s funny that you mention that. I never remember playing the SNES verison, but I have fond memories of the NES game. Speaking of records, one night some friends and I were playing the NES game and trying to set a “record” for the longest three-point shot. All I remember is us saying, “RECORD!” each time I’d put up a shot from full court.

  4. That is awesome! My friends and I used to do the same with various sports game, attempting insane stunts.

    As for my record, I have already been informed by one gamer (via e-mail) that he is going to take my record, so looks like it is going to be tough to hold onto that score.