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January 13, 2010 10:01 PM   Subscribe

Ever wondered what it's like to be a piece in tetris? Now you can know in first person tetris. (Warning, this may be disorienting/dizzying)
posted by Hactar (57 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Preemptive action in case the link breaks (which it seems to have done for some people I know): the coral cache.
posted by Hactar at 10:03 PM on January 13, 2010


That's kind of genius but ow my head.
posted by empath at 10:03 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


This Account Has Been Suspended
posted by The Deej at 10:04 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Clever, but not first person at all. I was ready to be much more disoriented..
posted by lumensimus at 10:05 PM on January 13, 2010 [9 favorites]


THIS(slyt from japan) is what it's like to be a piece of tetris.
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 10:08 PM on January 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


The coral cache has also been suspended.
posted by sharpener at 10:08 PM on January 13, 2010


Also, man that link in the FPP was too dizzying for 1am. @_@
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 10:09 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


The coral cache works for me. Pretty neat!
posted by brundlefly at 10:11 PM on January 13, 2010


I don't get it. This was just watching regular Tetris on an oldskool game console. What's first-person about that?

I thought I would be tumbling down a dark well, spinning and flipping, until I slotted myself headfirst into the looming crevasses of the multicolored cliffs at the bottom of the well.

Did I miss the "Toggle First-Person Mode" control?
posted by ottereroticist at 10:14 PM on January 13, 2010 [9 favorites]


Hah, I just saw this on Reddit and downloaded the Windows clone. There's an online Flash clone too, but the controls are a bit, um.. infuriating.
posted by spiderskull at 10:16 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


OK I get it now.
posted by ottereroticist at 10:16 PM on January 13, 2010


Uh, I should mention that I just linked to clones of Blocktris, and insanely confusing old-school 3D tetris game I used to play on DOS when I was a kid.
posted by spiderskull at 10:18 PM on January 13, 2010


That link doesn't work.
posted by hal_c_on at 10:19 PM on January 13, 2010


This game makes me suck at tetris.

Reverse squiggly.... LINE PIECE!
posted by biochemist at 10:20 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Speaking of the anthropomorphization of Tetris...

(warning: collegehumor video)
posted by Riki tiki at 10:24 PM on January 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


The tetriminoes stick to the mass at the bottom immediately. In real Tetris, you get a second to slip the pieces side to side before you decide exactly where they should go. This, more than the first-person aspect, made it much harder. But really cool, thanks for the post.
posted by andromache at 10:24 PM on January 13, 2010


holy shit night mode
posted by andromache at 10:26 PM on January 13, 2010


Just when I thought my brain might be catching up, I tried it on night mode, and ouch.. This is great though.
posted by hypersloth at 10:26 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm going to be sick.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:32 PM on January 13, 2010


Hah. Nice moment when you start, and are all "oh what's this? not bad" and then you rotate and your mind is blown.

If you're me, anyway.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:39 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Once more: this is only first-person if you consider it a simulation of playing Tetris in some sort of weird mechanical harness.
posted by lumensimus at 10:48 PM on January 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


I was expecting something like Block Out, except where you're diving toward the bottom the whole time. This is pretty neat, but not 1st person.
posted by knave at 10:56 PM on January 13, 2010


Someone would probably make a mint if they made a Wario Ware-style compilation of all these tetris variations and put it on xbox live arcade.

Just start off with normal tetris and instead of just making it faster, keep switching up how the board is played.
posted by empath at 11:06 PM on January 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Not sure what the link was, but team tetris is one of the greats.
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 11:19 PM on January 13, 2010


I am no better at this than I am at regular tetris.
HOWEVER, I played so much Block Out as a kid (on a Commodore Amiga 1000, no less)
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 11:31 PM on January 13, 2010


I found the whole experience remarkably similar to that of having a journalism career in 2010.
posted by bicyclefish at 11:39 PM on January 13, 2010 [6 favorites]


No discussion of Tetris (or, I suppose, the Soviet Union) is complete without linking to A Complete History of the Soviet Union through the eyes of a humble worker, arranged to the melody of Tetris.
posted by The Pusher Robot at 11:44 PM on January 13, 2010 [7 favorites]


Underwhelming. I wanted to be the piece of tetris itself.
posted by Skygazer at 11:52 PM on January 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


After playing for a couple minutes, this isn't all that much harder than regular Tetris.
posted by ssg at 11:54 PM on January 13, 2010


playing Tetris in some sort of weird mechanical harness.

You mean there is another way to play?
posted by sexymofo at 11:54 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


(Warning: possible triggers)
posted by bpm140 at 12:13 AM on January 14, 2010 [7 favorites]


Very, very cool. Night Mode is particularly awesome.

... This reminds me of something I've always wondered (based only on personal experience with friends): why does Tetris gameplay seem to appeal so much more to women than to men? [and I can't help but wonder if this would also be true of this version of Tetris...]
posted by Auden at 12:26 AM on January 14, 2010


Link's borked?
posted by davejay at 12:29 AM on January 14, 2010


Two days ago a minivan with the license plate TETRIS went by me in traffic. I think he was trying to do that first-person thing in meatspace. He sure didn't like leaving any open space.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 12:36 AM on January 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ow, my brain.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:46 AM on January 14, 2010


You have to enable night mode for it to really make any kind of sense. Still not 1st person.

Tetris in 4 dimension (4DTRIS)
posted by Eideteker at 5:23 AM on January 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


The tetriminoes stick to the mass at the bottom immediately. In real Tetris, you get a second to slip the pieces side to side before you decide exactly where they should go. This, more than the first-person aspect, made it much harder.

Original Tetris was always like that. Delayed lockdown didn't show up until Sega Tetris and TGM, and is now part of the Tetris Guideline
posted by ConstantineXVI at 6:35 AM on January 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I would like to mention that I am blindingly awesome at Tetris Attack even though that game has virtually nothing to do with Tetris at all really.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:59 AM on January 14, 2010


That was fun. It wasn't as disorienting as I thought it would be up until the lines got too near the top, then I was kind of screwed up by the rotation - couldn't move the blocks where I wanted them fast enough.
posted by caution live frogs at 7:02 AM on January 14, 2010


You have to disable night mode for it to really make any kind of sense. Still not first person, though. I'd consider Block Out to be more like first person Tetris. Also, this plays too much like Nintendo Tetris and not Real Tetris. Now git off mah lawn!
posted by majick at 7:58 AM on January 14, 2010


Weird. I prefer tet4 and the giant tetris that have been linked here before though.
posted by Night_owl at 8:10 AM on January 14, 2010


A Complete History of the Soviet Union through the eyes of a humble worker, arranged to the melody of Tetris.

that is the greatest thing I have ever heard ever in my life ever. thank you so so much.

tetris is for me, as I imagine it is for almost any gamer, essentially the germ that my lifelong love of gaming grew from. It's always amazing for me to encounter the NES version - like in this game - and realize that the gameboy tetris theme A is not in the NES version. I feel like that gameboy version is now the definitive music for the game, possibly because for a while it was one of the best selling games of all time on that system (It came with the 1st gameboy). I even built an entire edit reel around the green on green gameboy tetris graphics with that music. It had one of two effects everywhere I showed it: absolute loathing or absolute love. If you knew the source and had a fondness for old school gaming, people were thrilled to interview me. But I also received replies along the lines of "why would you think that was something anyone would want to watch?" etc...

god damn I love tetris.
posted by shmegegge at 8:19 AM on January 14, 2010


also
posted by shmegegge at 8:20 AM on January 14, 2010


and, to clarify: for a while it was one of the best selling games of all time on that system

I mean, the version that came with that system was one of the best selling games of all time. not one of the best selling games on that system (though it was), I mean across all systems.
posted by shmegegge at 8:21 AM on January 14, 2010


Yeah, not first-person really, but an excellent idea
posted by basthrohmnse at 8:26 AM on January 14, 2010


I’d like to build a giant seat/rig that does this to you in real life!
posted by Sprocket at 10:24 AM on January 14, 2010


Well it's first-person in a two-dimensional sort of way! I agree with shmegegge about the music, above; I don't know about the Game Boy iteration, but Tetris for Mac System 7.1 had a version of that song, Korobeiniki, that was heavy on the balalaika. A couple of the music choices here are sort of reminiscent of that.
posted by muffuletta at 10:58 AM on January 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


muffuletta: "I don't know about the Game Boy iteration, but Tetris for Mac System 7.1 had a version of that song, Korobeiniki, that was heavy on the balalaika."

I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that they used the same song.

The song that's stuck in my head now.
posted by brundlefly at 11:04 AM on January 14, 2010


Night mode hurts me.
posted by wet-raspberry at 5:08 PM on January 14, 2010


I would like to mention that I am blindingly awesome at Tetris Attack even though that game has virtually nothing to do with Tetris at all really.
I'm in Bourbonnais right now, downtown tomorrow. I challenge you!!!
posted by whatzit at 6:02 PM on January 14, 2010


IT IS ON MOTHERFUCKER
posted by shakespeherian at 6:14 PM on January 14, 2010


It doesn't feel all that much different from playing regular tetris. The background image was a nice touch.
posted by aesacus at 7:07 PM on January 14, 2010


I think the oddest thing for me are actually the controls. I keep pushing space to go down and down to rotate.

Nightmode is terrifying until you get a few pieces down ;;;
posted by rubah at 8:26 PM on January 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


aj~! the keuboard is spinninsg
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:51 PM on January 14, 2010


being there
posted by flabdablet at 6:23 AM on January 15, 2010


This actually made me want to cry.
posted by etoile at 8:57 PM on January 15, 2010


Yeah, it's not first person - it's "Tetris in the L' reference frame".
posted by ye#ara at 1:16 PM on January 16, 2010


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