While much of the focus at E3 this year was on the games being shown off inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, a group of gamers outside was focused on playing games to set a new world record.
32 gamers set out on a mission Tuesday to set the new world record for playing video games on tablets -- and 26 actually made it through the contest to win the honor, lasting 26 hours and 2 seconds.
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Each contestant was given a Galaxy Tab 8.9 to compete with in the competition, and was assigned one game that they were required to play for the duration of the contest. Games were selected by the judges via random draw, so contestants had no control over what they played.
Options included GT Racing: Motor Academy, Virtual Tennis, Galaga: Special Edition, Fruit Ninja and Blood & Glory
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After each hour of gameplay, contestants were allowed 10 minutes of rest time. Rest could also be accumulated, so if you played for two hours continuously then you could take a 20 minute break.
Anything requiring a human input had to be completed within 20 seconds of the option becoming available, so you couldn't just sit on a load screen a snooze for a few minutes.
Tension was high in the gaming tent during the group's final stretch on Wednesday afternoon, and event workers opened the doors to help let out some of the smell that had started to build up in the tent.
One contestant was surrounded by Gamer Food – caffeinated peanuts -– in his chair, while another had a nest of empty Red Bull cans.
Of the 32 original contestants, six didn't make it to the end. A few fell asleep, a few came back late from breaks and were disqualified, and one contestant decided to bow out.
Of the 26 that remained, five walked away with some cash and a Galaxy Tab 8.9 based on their performance playing the game Home Run Derby, with the man with the most home runs earning a cool $20,000.
Check out the gallery below for a look at the World Record competition in action. Do you think you could play the same tablet game for 26 hours straight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Eyes of the Prize
Judges watched players every move to ensure everything was on the up and up.
This story originally published on Mashable here.