We've spent a long time fighting our geek stereotypes, from mediocre hygiene to dwelling in basements. And just when we've got some basic respectability from the mainstream media, a gamer like this White Knight Chronicles II player comes along.
According to Siliconera, one gamer has distinguished him/herself by playing WKCII, an RPG for the PS3 ... for 8,701 hours.
Silconera even did the math for us:
White Knight Chronicles II was released in Japan on July 8, 2010, which means the game has been out 516 days (517 if you count today). If this player got the game at launch he or she spent almost 17 hours (16 hours 49 minutes) each day logged into White Knight Chronicles II.
Let's backtrack. Critics have knocked WKCII because it immediately thrusts players into combat without tutorials; playing the first White Knight Chronicles isn't just helpful—it's necessary. The game has also earned middling reviews because of its dated combat and repetitive monsters and settings.
WKCII is contains perhaps 25 hours worth of gameplay ... mediocre gameplay. However, there's downloadable content and online co-op play (also repetitive), which pads out the gaming experience a few more hours.
But 8,701 of them?
Did this unknown player log in to the PS3 Network and leave the game running in the background, just to see a pretty scene or perhaps to listen to the music? Or has this gamer obsessively latched on to the game, forsaking work or school, and possibly even sleep? We don't know. (Really. The original article is in Japanese.) But if so, we hope this person gets the help he/she needs with with his/her videogame addiction.
We also hope that if we become obsessed with a game, it will at least be an awesome one. (Arkham City, here we come.)