We've all heard of Vegas-style "quickie weddings," but it doesn't get much quicker than a videogame marriage. Just a click of your mouse and suddenly you've tied the knot with that saucy little dwarf you met 30 seconds ago.
Well, this week the players of the MMO RIFT put that rather impulsive feature of its game to use and set a Guinness world record for in-game marriages.
Game developer Trion Worlds asked their players to get virtually hitched as much as possible between 9 a.m. PST Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. PST Feb. 15 as part of a promotion to launch their new RIFT expansion, Carnival of the Ascended, which added the marriage feature to the game. They were aiming for the record books, and on Thursday they announced that they would be included in the 2013 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition (because, yeah, that exists now) for their trouble.
In the end RIFT players pulled off 21,879 virtual marriages in a 24-hour period. Players who participated in the record-setting endeavor each got a new title attached to their character: "The Avowed." No word yet on how many shameful, hangover-fueled divorces followed the next day, but congratulations to all the new virtual couples out there.
Of course, none of this is legally binding for anyone involved, but it is an amusing little bit of promotion on RIFT's part. Now we wait to see which game will set the record for most virtual pregnancies.