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While I still haven't gotten the hang of Japanese puzzle classic Puyo Puyo, I'm pretty good at Tetris when I concentrate. Recording a Kotaku Plays video is not a good way to concentrate, but I don't mind losing when I get to share the colourful sights and spirited sounds of Puyo Puyo Tetris.


The only thing more enjoyable than seeing the reactions of speedrunners KevinDDR and ApertureGrillz at the end of this new world record for Tetris: the Grandmaster 2 Plus is watching all of those pieces fall into just the right places.


If there is one simple, undeniable fact about anything, it's this: every game idea is improved by putting it in first person. Don't believe me? Cool, that's the point I'm here to prove, and I will do that simply by listing all the times the first person perspective made other, lesser games better.


Okay, we're verging into hot take territory here, so forgive me in advance. But I think it's important that we're clear on this. It's important that we draw a little line in the sand.

Tetris is not the best video game of all time.


Video: Besides Doom, Tetris is one game that gets all kinds of silly ports all the time. Enthusiast Numeric compressed the game into a 10x16 frame and made it work on a very tiny character display.


Let's be real here -- you're playing Tetris. You're waiting for that block. That straight line block. You're gonna get that Tetris, you've worked hard for it. You've waited a long time for this moment.

The one of those goddamn blocks come -- you know the type. Two layers of two, offset. Screwing up your plans. Goddamnit.

But have you ever thought about what it's like to be that Tetris block? How it feels to be unwanted? To not fit in anywhere. Have some goddamn compassion you monsters.


I'm a confirmed believer in the church of video games, a sect whose faith has been rewarded over the past decade, as games have sailed easily over the hurdles that have been placed in front of them by the apostates. No one really disputes anymore that games can make us cry, make us laugh, teach our children, train our soldiers, or advance political arguments. Is there anything games can't do?


In its most vanilla, near-ubiquitous form, Tetris is already a near perfect video game that challenges you to be smart and fast in increasingly hard fashion. The stuff that gets thrown at you in an ultra-hard arcade version is mind-blowing. Blocks that need to be cleared twice. A stack that flips around. Let's watch one of the best Tetris players in the world take it on.