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On the 6th of May at 8pm GMT, members from the gamer group ExtraExp are attempting to break the Guinness world record for the longest time playing Minecraft in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The current record is 35 hours, 35 minutes, and 35 seconds.
There will be four participants total in the event. Those taking part are Adam Bendell-Moreton, his wife Natalie, Jason Bendell and Sam Grierson. They will all be playing the PS4 version of Minecraft, and they’ll all be playing on the same screen. ExtraExp hopes to play for at least 36 hours in order to beat the previous record, which is no easy feat even with four people in the mix.
The group will also be live streaming their attempt on both Twitch and their own website, so you’ll be able to watch and interact with them as they go through their challenge. Players can even join the world in Minecraft where ExtraExp will be conducting their challenge, but they won’t be able to move any blocks while they play (which is probably a good idea).
For those who might not know, the Make-A-Wish foundation is a wonderful organisation that provides a much needed service to families of children and young people currently dealing with life-threatening conditions. As the name implies, the foundation offers these people the opporunity to have a “wish” of theirs come true, be it going to Disneyland, going to visit another country or to meet one of their heroes.
Lots of celebrities have gotten involved with the foundation, the most prolific of which is without a doubt WWE wrestler John “doo doo-doo doooo” Cena. He has singlehandedly granted more than 500 wishes for the foundation, and continues to break his own record every year.
It’s a truly wonderful thing that ExtraExp is taking upon themselves to do, and everyone should try their best to help support them in their challenge. Remember, the event is happening on May 6th (that’s tomorrow) at 8pm GMT. If you are able, donations are accepted on the JustGiving page, to not only show your support for them, but also for the foundation that has helped brighten so many lives around the world.