13-year-old becomes first player to beat classic puzzle game Tetris

13-year-old becomes first player to beat classic puzzle game Tetris

Gibson broke world records for the overall score, level achieved and total numbers of lines, according 404 Media.
13-year-old becomes first player to beat classic puzzle game Tetris

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4 Jan 2024

A 13-year-old American is the first person to ever beat Tetris, forcing the more than three-decade-old classic Nintendo video game into a "kill screen."

Willis Gibson, who goes by the streamer name Blue Scuti, said "Please crash" as he arranged the puzzle pieces cascading down the screen and moments later got his wish when the game froze, leading him to repeatedly exclaim "Oh my God!" in a video uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 2.

Gibson broke world records for the overall score, level achieved and total numbers of lines, according 404 Media.

"This is unbelievable," Vince Clemente, CEO of Classic Tetris World Championship, said.

Traditionally, Tetris was believed to have its highest achievable level at Level 29 since its design by Soviet engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984.

At this point, the game's iconic blocks fall at a speed that prevents players from moving them to the sides, leading to a rapid stack-up and game-over.

However, a "kill screen" occurs when a player progresses so far in a game that it crashes due to a glitch in its code.

This is distinct from reaching Level 29, and professional gamer Thor Aackerlund initiated the quest for Tetris' kill screen in 2010 by discovering a way to reach Level 30 using a technique called "hypertapping."

 

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