A STUDENT is celebrating breaking a world record after playing a video game for 33 hours.
Thomas Stilliard, of Birch Grove in Acton, battled enemy soldiers in the war game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with three friends.
Thomas and uni mates Sam Smith, Craig Johnson and Steve Weavis were only allowed one ten minute break every hour in the mental and physical test. The previous record, of 32 hours and 40 minutes, was set by a group of American gamers last year.
The latest attempt was organised by Rustlers burger manufacturers at the Newbury racecourse in Berkshire.
Thomas's team started their assault at 9am on a Friday, not finishing until 6pm the next day. It took place at Insominia41 national gaming convention last month.
Thomas, who is studying politics at York University, said: “It feels great to be a record breaker. The team worked so hard and we were all shattered by the end. But after a few hours sleep it feels great to have achieved the new world best and a place in the record books. It was well worth the effort.”