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Sydney man breaks world record for spending 36 hours in Virtual Reality

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A Sydney-based YouTube video creator has broken the World Record for the longest time spent playing a video game in virtual reality (VR) after staying plugged in for 36 hours.

A Sydney-based YouTube video creator has broken the World Record for the longest time spent playing a video game in virtual reality (VR) after staying plugged in for 36 hours.

The brains behind YouTube account LPVR Jack McNee took the title from UK tech journalist Georgie Barrat on Monday after he surpassed her effort of just over 25 hours by playing Google's 3D paint game Tilt Brush at The VR Corner in Sydney for one and a half days.

After coming out of the virtual world created by the HTC Vive technology he was using, McNee said he felt as if he had lost all feeling from the neck down and is looking forward to seeing anyone else who could challenge his record.

The gamer spent most of his time while in VR bouncing between the construction of detailed drawings of cartoon characters to playing games of Hangman and Pictionary with viewers who were tuned in to his YouTube live stream.

Now, when you think of how long one and a half days actually is, one of the first things that should come to mind is -- how did he eat and go to the toilet?

Well, it seems that McNee had a trusty group of very committed helpers behind-the-scenes who had to hand-feed the YouTube creator and, presumably, help him with the less-desirable acts of nature, according to Pedestrian TV.

Fundraising manager for The Reach Foundation Catherine Ross told The Huffington Post Australia on Wednesday the organisation takes care to support any fundraisers helping them out and were glad to see McNee reach his end-goal by breaking the record.

"We're thrilled that the team considered the realities of teenagers today as they explored the virtual reality, it was great to see them reach their goals," she said.

"We take care to support all of our fundraisers and get to know what motivates them. This one was a little outside the box but it was great to work on and see him live his dream and hold the record."

Call-outs for donations from viewers were made periodically throughout the stream, with McNee managing to raise more then $400 for the organisation, with further donations still being collated.

You can watch the entirety of the VR marathon on McNee's LPVR YouTube Channel here.

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