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Aussie gamer feels the Call of Duty - for five days

The obvious response is that it was well beyond the call of duty. An obsessive gamer has set a new world record by playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for more than five-and-a-half days. The new game, launched on November 13, obviously has enough depth to hold the player’s attention.

The 28 year-old Australian gamer Okan Kaya, 28, played the game for a total of 135 hours and 50 minutes, breaking a previous record that stood at 120 hours and seven minutes. His marathon gaming stint in Sydney may arouse interest in British gamers, especially those who can devote large amounts of their lives to playing Football Manager.

The Guinness Book of World Records has a few health provisos to ensure that these record attempts do not get out of hand. Earlier in 2012 a Taiwan teenager died during a 40-hour session of Diablo 3 that wasn’t even a record attempt. Kaya was allowed a ten minute break every hour. He was permitted to accumulate the breaks so he could take lengthy naps. He kept up his strength with quick meals and energy drinks, but most of the problems were caused by the repetitive strain of hitting the controller. "My hands were cramping up and I went through a lot of bandages," he told Australian TV. "I even tried to 'pad up' my controller."

The record brought unnecessary additional publicity to a game that has already become a sales phenomenon. On its first day on sale, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 shifted eight million copies worldwide, amounting to a revenue of £300 million for publishers Activision.

The game is a record-breaker in its own right, becoming the most successful ever entertainment release in terms of cash generated on its opening day. Even blockbuster movies in the Harry Potter and Stars Wars franchises cannot rival its instant success.

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