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LIVE world record attempt in UK - in support of prostate cancer

By cooldan

3 years ago

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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by stoptap
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#1 3 years ago

nothing to do with me - this post is on behalf of Wayne Johns -

The current *recognised by Guinness* world record for continuous pinball playing stands at 28 hours by Alexandro Parisi in 2007.

yes, there have been longer times played before by others - there are reports of play for 36h (Eden Stamm in 2015), 72 hours 8 mins (Ronald Mowry in 1974) and even 555 hours 55 min 55 second (Mandi Martin in 2000) - all of which can be found on the internet by googling. but even Eden's attempt last year somehow fell foul of Guinness' 29 page list of rules, so 28 hours has been confirmed as the current benchmark, despite what the link in Pinball News says.

England's Wayne Johns is currently in the early stages of his Guinness-recognised record attempt, which started at midday Saturday UK time (7am EST, 4am PST) and will hopefully continue for at least 28 hours - he's going for 30h as he's doing it in a hospital, and there are local rules he has to comply with as well as those from Guinness.

in Wayne's own words - As some of you may already know, I will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for endurance pinball playing, which currently stands at 28hrs.

My reasons for this are threefold:

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 18months ago, but because he left it too long to go to the doctors and have it checked out as soon as he started getting the symptoms it was too late to cure. He is currently in hospital (21st July) having got an infection following his first bout of chemo the week previous.

So - Reason 1 is to raise the awareness of the symptoms and the importance for people to go and get checked out asap so that it can be treated before it gets too late.

Reason 2, while watching the London Marathon, I was amazed at the number of people who were running "in memory" of someone. So I'm doing this while my dad is still alive to know that I've done it, and for him to see that people's lives could be saved because of it. I'm not knocking people who do things "in memory of" , but wouldn't it be nice - if possible - to be able to do it "in honour of" while they were still alive?

Reason 3, who doesn't want to hold a Guinness World Record?

watch live here on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/pinball_live

Help Wayne reach his £5000 target for Raising awareness of Prostate Cancer.
All donations announced on stream! Donate directly here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Wayne-Johns

here's a link to Wayne's thread on the UK forum: http://www.pinballinfo.com/community/threads/22-oct-2016-fundraising-guinness-world-record-attempt-walsall-manor-hospital.33927/

Pledges from manufacturers etc include generous donations from
Pinball Mania, Mezel Mods, LED.co.uk, PinGraffix, Stern, and Jersey Jack

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#2 3 years ago

bump for a great cause and a really nice guy. I'll be over there in a few hours invigilating for Guinness.

#3 3 years ago

Just over five hours in! It would be great if we could get some big pinball names in the US to retweet and link so we can get more viewers and donations.


#4 3 years ago

Back to the top for this important cause

#5 3 years ago

Top man is Wayne and an excellent player to boot !

#6 3 years ago

bumping this thread to keep it on page one.
anyone here been affected by cancer, feels it to be an important and relevant cause, please promote in any way you can - post on facebook, donate, even by clicking to watch live and saying hello it all adds up.
cheers guys and thank you

#7 3 years ago

Apparently no-one outside UK GAF. Yet many men outside UK die of prostate cancer.

#8 3 years ago

Nuvva bump fer wor Wayne...

#9 3 years ago

He's still going

#10 3 years ago

Looks like he's letting the machine cool down for 20 minutes after some heat issues or something. Anyways, does that not disqualify him?

#11 3 years ago

Twitch chat says he gets breaks. (and can use them to service machine if need be, which doesn't seem to be the case yet) That solves that.

#12 3 years ago

No, because the rule as part of the record attempt is he can have a 5 mimute break for every continuous hour played, at this point he has accrued enough break time to let that happen.

Go Wayne!

#13 3 years ago

He is still going. Go say 'hi' and give him some encouragement !

#14 3 years ago

Donated. I couldn't play WPT for an hour, let alone nearly 30.

#15 3 years ago

You should give it a chance Paul. Great players game.

#16 3 years ago

He is still going. C'mon America, go say Hi to give him a boost !

#17 3 years ago

...and a donation to a great cause!

#19 3 years ago

So just an hour to go to equal the world record?

#20 3 years ago

Less than an hour to go before he beats the record !

#21 3 years ago

bump. he's just taking a 5 min break (as per allowed rules) so he can be fresh when he goes past the record in 22 mins

#22 3 years ago

GO WAYNE GO!!!! Great story to wake up to this morning!

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#23 3 years ago

Now a new world record holder! Well done!

#24 3 years ago

When will Guinness make it official?

#25 3 years ago

Hi Everyone,
Finally finished reading through the hundreds, literally, of notifications and messages on FB.

To answer some of the questions above, as well as the most common questions asked during the Twitch Feed..

Guinness really do set LOTS of criteria

The attempt must be held in a venue, open to the public for the whole duration and must also be free to enter. I chose to do my attempt at the hospital I work in.

My hands must be on the flipper buttons at all times the ball is active, and I must plunge a new ball as soon as the last drains.

There must be 2 independent witnesses invigilating at all times. The original criteria was that these witnesses must be unknown to me, as well as being "experts in the field being attempted" I queried Guinness, due to the fact that there are so few pinball players in the UK, coupled with the fact that I attend the majority of shows as well as run about 20% of all the comps in the UK, it would be impossible for me to comply with this. They replied that I was allowed one of my witnesses to be from the pinball community and known to me, but not a family member. The other must be a person with a professional qualification, upstanding member of the community (such as a policeman, accountant, or medical professional) but unknown to me or the other witness. To comply with this I approached a member of the hospital communications team, who out requests for eligible staff members to volunteer some of their time. Witnesses were also only allowed to do a maximum 4hr shift before having to pass over to somebody else - they weren't allowed to return until a 4hr break had been taken.

The attempt must be held on a single, "industry standard" machine (which had to be approved by Guinness beforehand). I was allowed a back up machine (of the same type) to switch to in the event of a terminal malfunction.

5 minutes break were accrued for every UNBROKEN hour of play. i.e. If I played for 1hr 1min - I would earn 5mins break, if I played for 1hr 59mins I would still only earn 5 minutes break. I was allowed to take these accrued minutes at any time I wanted, and didn't have to take all of the break at once - effectively banking accrued break time.

The whole event had to recorded from a static camera, with a clock in view (not a time stamp) and sent to Guinness

I chose WPT for a number of reasons
I own one, and had access to a duplicate machine to use as a backup
It has a very deep rule set to try and combat boredom
It has a number of multiballs to again combat boredom
There are plenty of animations, which slow the game down, allowing me to take a few seconds breather
Despite what the perception is of Stern machines and their build quality, I trusted it to get through the full 30hrs.

Break strategy
My plan was to play in 3 or 4 hr shifts, but not take the full accrued break - just enough time for me to use the toilet and have a ciggie. This was all going to plan until 20hrs in, the centre drop target bank was not resetting correctly, I used 27 minutes of my accrued 28miutes to try and allow the machine to cool down, and change the coil settings to soft.
I also had an issue with the one way gate at the top of the right ramp getting stuck and trapping the ball, this was fixed during one of the earlier breaks.
These were the only 2 issues I had for the whole 30hrs. The flippers were still as strong as they were at the end as when I started.

Food and drink
I was allowed to eat and drink during the attempt, as long as it did not interrupt the challenge. So I had bite size nibbles and had a mouthful of tea every now and again during animations.

I now need to catalogue the scores of every single game I played to submit to Guinness, as I had forgotten to ensure that the witnesses were doing this. I also need to fill out numerous forms detailing the whole of the event, as well as submit media articles, photographs etc.
Once that has all been sent to Guinness I believe I will find out whether they accept the record in approx. 6 weeks.

More important to me than breaking the record, and even raising money, was raising awareness of Prostate Cancer. The record was just to generate publicity in the media. If I had said I'm going to play pinball for 30hrs, the response would likely have been so what? The fact that it broke a Guinness World Record meant that newspapers phoned me and printed the article - raising awareness.
Having said that the money raised will go to a very worthwhile cause and will be put to good use.

I would ask 2 things of people:
1. Most importantly please visit my the Just Giving page, read the story behind the attempt, and share via your social media. If you feel that you would like to donate that would be fantastic, but not essential.
2. I believe that I could have extended the record by a significant amount of time. I chose not to for a very simple reason. If someone else out there has a cause or charity that they are passionate about I would like them to have the opportunity to do a similar challenge. That is raise the record by 2hrs up to 32, then let somebody else do the same,etc. etc. That way there will be a number of opportunities for people to raise money rather than someone simply setting a record of 100hrs taking that opportunity away.
I know I have no real authority to ask people to do this, but before anyone sets out to break the record, I would just like to ask what is it that you are trying to achieve? If it is to raise money and awareness, you only need to creep over the line to do that. It will then give somebody else the chance to do the same.

Thanks for reading, if anyone has any questions, or comments, I'd be happy to try and answer them.

Many more articles and photos of the event can be found on my FB page

#26 3 years ago

Well done Wayne, awesome job.

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from WJxxxx:

1. Most importantly please visit my the Just Giving page, read the story behind the attempt, and share via your social media.

For those interested, the page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Wayne-Johns

Congrats - Kudos to you!

#28 3 years ago

6 weeks they make you wait?
holy crap

well done dude, we are all proud of you

#29 3 years ago

Great stuff Wayne.

2 weeks later
#30 3 years ago

Latest update.
They wouldn't accept a link to the full 30hrs and needed it on a flash drive to be posted to them.
Have confirmed receipt and said it will take 12 weeks to process - unless I pay £420 in which case it'll be done in 5 weeks!

3 months later
#31 3 years ago


Final update, it's official. I am the current Guinness World Record holder.

Over £5,000 was raised towards helping diagnose Prostate Cancer early.

#32 3 years ago

Brilliant news Wayne. Congratulations mate, you deserve it.

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