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Group phone-gaming record still intact

Sept. 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

ROSEVILLE, Minn., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The 240 people who showed up to play mobile phone games in suburban St. Paul, Minn., this weekend didn't set a world record but said they had fun anyway.

The communal game-playing event in Roseville Saturday fell 76 people short of the Guinness World Record of 316 set in Birmingham, England, back in April, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

"It was really close," Guinness official Amanda Mochan said. "Unofficially, it's the largest mobile phone gaming party in the U.S. But that's not recognized by Guinness."

Carter Behr of Lakeville, a 10-year-old participant in the Roseville Visitors Association-sponsored event, said he had been "kind of bragging" to his friends about being part of the attempt at setting the record and was pleased with his official T-shirt commemorating it.

"Even if we don't break the record, we've got proof we were here on the back," Carter said, pointing to his shirt.

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