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Rin's Room #8: Tetris Mania. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Today, let’s talk about Tetris. I spent a few hours this weekend staring blank-eyed at a computer screen, watching Tetris video after Tetris video. Did you know there’s a condition where if you play enough Tetris you start seeing blocks appear in your dreams? Haunting your every move? Popping up in the corner of your eye, daring you to play just one more game? It’s called the Tetris effect. When I woke up this morning, I was treated (by treated I mean TORTURED) by visions of negative-image Tetris blocks and the sound of an ominous announcer booming, “T-SPIN.” T-SPIN. T-SPIN. T-SPIN. T-SPIN.

MAKE IT STOP.

So. Tetris. Who hasn’t played at least one game of Tetris in their lives? If you say that you haven’t then I am going to assume you are lying. Come on, guys, don’t lie to Rinnie.

It was designed by a Russian game designer named Alexey Pajitnov and released on June 6, 1984. That means Tetris is 33 years old. This is just another game that is way older than a lot of us. The name is a combination of the Greek prefix “tetra,” which means “four” because all of the game pieces are made up of four blocks, and the word “tennis,” because…Alexey liked tennis. Even though tennis doesn’t really have anything to do with stacking blocks on top of each other and making lines disappear.

Tetris is everywhere. When I got my very first flip phone in middle school, guess what game was on it? When I played with my dad’s Palm III that he used for work? When my mom was bored and had nothing to do after cooking too much for lunch? Tetris. Tetris. Tetris. It is everywhere, on almost every console and every operating system. This devilish game has even made its way onto graphic calculators and oscilloscopes. It tops a lot of “100 Greatest Video Games of All Time” lists even in the 21st century.

A lot of game journalists credit Nintendo with the popularization of Tetris. In 1989, console and handheld rights for the game were signed over to Nintendo. That led to an agreement where a Tetris game came bundled with every Game Boy. Due to that fateful coupling, Tetris made its way into millions of households.

The really cool thing about Tetris is that it makes your brain more efficient. The more you play Tetris, the better your brain gets. Your critical thinking, language, and reasoning skills show improvement too. Maybe if you decide to become a competitive Tetris gamer, you can tell your mom that playing video games actually is making you smarter! Tetris is so important and so famous that a film is even being made about Tetris: and it’s supposed to be a trilogy! It’s going to be shot this year in China.

Now, let me show you the video that started my weekend-long descent into madness. Halfway into the video, they start the second part of this competition, which is the invisible Tetris stage.

That’s right. Invisible Tetris. Like seriously guys, I can’t even play regular Tetris without falling apart, flapping my arms, and screaming at the screen as blocks fall and fill up the screen. And here are these two geniuses somehow managing to play Tetris where they can’t even see where they’re putting the blocks. 

Here’s a video from last year’s 2016 Tetris World Championship. See, I wasn’t joking when I said you could become a professional Tetris player! I don’t know how many hours it would take practicing the game to get to the level that these guys are at, but I bet it’s over 9000.

And here’s one more video!

You can play Tetris Battle on Facebook! It actually trended a few years ago when I was a student. Everyone in all my classes was battling each other and trying to send lines to each other during class. I tried playing, but I stayed at the lowest rank because let me tell you, I suck at Tetris! This mode of Tetris is timed (you get 2 minutes to make lines, which sends them to your opponent to bother them) and competitive–you can’t play by yourself! I think the most lines I ever sent to someone was 3. And somehow, the person in this video sent over 600!

So, how many of you guys have played these different versions of Tetris? Does invisible Tetris sound like a nightmare or a challenge for you? What about trying to send over 100 lines on Tetris Battle? If you’re anything like me, stay away from Tetris! If not, you might just get stuck for hours staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out if you should give up and just stick to easier games.


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22 thoughts on “Rin’s Room #8: Tetris Mania

  1. I’m like playing Tetris Battle in Facebook. It is addicting, enjoyable and challenging. I’m not a great player but, hopes to be better as time passes by. I watched the YouTube video and the Japanese player is definitely out of this world!

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  2. I also have heard some stories about Tetris in a dream. They say you kind of start hallucinating.

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  3. Mau says:

    Tetris is a classic! It’s one of those games which everyone knows… along with Pacman and Super Mario.

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  4. Hahaha! This is too fun! Grew up on this game. Battling with someone against a tetris game is intense.

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  5. unvrso says:

    I have experienced seeing not only tetris but all kinds of after images, especially after a lonbg session on the computer. If it´s good for good thinking, then that´s a relief for this syndrome

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  6. b4rnard says:

    A pro Tetris player? I’m officially #mindblown

    If playing this game make a person smarter, that means those guys are geniuses! Whoa

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  7. teddclark58 says:

    For its simplicity, Tetris is absolutely addictive. That’s probably why I stay away from Facebook’s Tetris Battle because I know once I pop, I can’t stop. LOL Blame it on the fact I’m OC

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  8. hebrewisraelitesblog says:

    Thanks for the history lesson. This game is very popular, I did not know know that the creator of this game is Russian but this is a really good educational game.

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  9. Is this game coming back? It really drove me back to memory lane. I use to play this as a kid back then.

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  10. micorobin says:

    This has NOSTALGIA written all over it. A classic game and I am glad that it is back.

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  11. I’ve been playing Tetris since I was a child. It can can both be a dream and a nightmare for me, to be honest. That invisible Tetris competition was crazy though!

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  12. Grecy Garcia says:

    Tetris is the kind of game that I can do. I can play that game. I can play a game that leads me to a battle. I can move on to the next level, but I never became excellent on that game. I love to play it level one for the rest of the day. I haven’t been playing that game but we have it on our television so I will try to play one day.

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  13. I can play this game but only up to level 5 speed. Any higher than that it will look like a disaster he he.

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  14. Here I was thinking that this game is dead. It is cool to be mistaken. Who knew that even this has a Championship.

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  15. valine13 says:

    Tetris is really fun as always. You wont get bored playing this.

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  16. darkkvader says:

    I’ll get surprise that they also have this for Championships. I guess any game is really worth to be competed for.

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  17. frankie806 says:

    I’m a fan of tetris since my childhood days. I did not imagine that some blocks would make me go crazy and eat most of time (specially if get stressed because of my homework. This is one of those games that will always be part of your childhood regardless of the generation. It’s even worth doing championships for those hardcore tetris gamers.

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  18. luffyzorro2012 says:

    I have one of this in my collection for nostalgia. I am not good at it but I enjoy the game and the rush the high levels give. Glad it is making a return.

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  19. alexsummers123 says:

    This game will always have a place in my heart. I play hours when I was a kid until my batteries of the gameboy dies he he.

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  20. Super Speed Battle? What is that speed 20+? IT is cool for TETRIS to be in EVO.

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  21. kadoyatsukasa123 says:

    Who won by the way? My money is on Japan. Simply because this games are their creation.

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  22. kittyprydexmen says:

    Level 18 speed? That is crazy. How can you even have time to place bars without dying lol. It is a good match.

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