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Friends succeed in breaking world record

Posted: June 20, 2012 - 12:04am  |  Updated: June 20, 2012 - 9:32am
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Trey Underwood (from left), Tony Bell and Evan Beever continue to play Halo Reach even after breaking the record for continuous play.  The trio, who had been playing since Wednesday, broke the record Friday afternoon.  A fourth player, Jacob Soler, dropped out of the competition.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Trey Underwood (from left), Tony Bell and Evan Beever continue to play Halo Reach even after breaking the record for continuous play. The trio, who had been playing since Wednesday, broke the record Friday afternoon. A fourth player, Jacob Soler, dropped out of the competition.

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While playing Halo Reach at a Martinez gaming business, three friends surpassed the Guinness World Record for the longest time continuously playing a first-person shooter game – 51 hours and 21 minutes.

“Pretty exquisite,” David “Trey” Underwood, 22, of Augusta, said of how it feels to set a new world record.

They set the record at 53 hours and 42 minutes.

The effort, which started with four friends June 13 at Martinez gaming store Level Up, was planned by Underwood, a senior communications major at Augusta State University.

Underwood filmed the Guinness World Record-breaking attempt to use in a documentary for his senior thesis.

The film chronicles the group’s record, but will focus more on how gaming brought these four friends together and kept them together, Underwood said.

Other players included Jacob Soler, 21, of Bowling Green, Ky.; Evan Beever, 22, of Athens; and Tony Bell, 20, of Fairfield, Ohio.

Though they had gamed together for years, the quartet met in person for the first time a few days ago.

And while four started, just three finished. Soler dropped out after 30 hours to catch up on sleep before making a long drive home.

“I carpooled down here with Tony and we’re going to be driving back together,” Soler said. “It’s an eight-hour drive, and after staying up for over 50 hours, that would have been trouble.”

Despite not finishing, Soler said he stayed to support his teammates and the experience was great, even though there were times he nearly dozed off.

But the other three survived three days with minimal sleep. Underwood said he had less than 45 minutes of rest during the run to break the record. Once Friday morning dawned, Underwood said he knew they could do it and the final few hours flew by.

“Around 6 a.m., the sun started coming up and I knew there was no way we weren’t going to do it,” he said. “(The final few hours were) a breeze, because once we got close, everything just sort of mellowed out and I didn’t feel tired.”

After the record is verified by Guinness, the group will receive plaques and have their names published in the book.

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