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It's already well established that Tetris has a range of benefits for the mind and soul, from helping you pack the car boot better to reducing cravings to addictive substances. And a new study has added to the iconic game's list of real world benefits.
The most popular versions of Tetris only concern themselves with how the player engages with the mechanics of the play experience. It's a video game with no characters, story, antagonistic action or subtext. So of course people are going to make a movie out of it.
Tetris is one of those games that seemingly everybody has played in some form or another. It's evolved in fascinating ways and players continue to do amazing things with Tetris' many iterations. Later this year, a new non-fiction comic will look at the beginnings of one of history's most famous video games.
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.
Like the delightful and oppressive mobile-game galaxy that it summoned, Tetris is both seductive and dispiriting. Alexey Pajitnov's falling-block puzzler captures the pleasure and the vacuousness of virtual labour. Each game of Tetris contains an interactive "Ozymandias", a fruitless quest to build something that will outlast the lone and level sands. Look on my tetrominoes, and despair.
Kevin Birrell dazzled the world with his Tetris skills a few weeks back, but for the truly dedicated, the work never ends. Birrell had yet another goal for himself in Tetris: The Grandmaster 3: become the first player outside of Japan to achieve grandmaster status.