By rotating, positioning and dropping a predetermined sequence of pieces, the Tetris Printer Algorithm
) exploits the mechanics of Tetris to generate arbitrary bitmap images.
posted by Jpfed
on Jun 3, 2013 -
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
on Jan 13, 2010 -
is what you get when you cross Tetris with Jenga. Instead of keeping your tower's height to a minimum, the goal is to get it as high as possible with 99 bricks. And the bricks don't stick to each other anymore. One wrong placement and they'll fall all over the place.
posted by grouse
on Nov 13, 2008 -
The Cossacks, a proud people with a long history
, are famous nowadays for their dancing, whether of the mass spectacle variety
, or the slightly lower-key celebration of actual Cossacks
. They have some pretty famous music
, too, often featuring balalaikas
. (Behold, the real lyrics
to "Tetris") But dancing and singing is not enough for some
, apparently, who seek to refine Cossack martial arts
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 23, 2007 -
On flight simulators, Tetris, and the CIA
The Sunday Times Mag has a feature on Gilman Louie, popularizer of Tetris who was recruited by the CIA in 1998. " Louie's marching orders were to provide venture capital for data-mining technologies that would allow the C.I.A. to monitor and profile potential terrorists as closely and carefully as Amazon monitors and profiles potential customers."
posted by brookish
on Apr 12, 2002 -
It's common knowledge that Tetris players often see the game in their dreams. Now scientists are using the game to help understand the very nature of dreams themselves
. But it doesn't address the question I've always had: Why Tetris? Why doesn't this happen with Quake or Ultima or even Super Breakout?
posted by jjg
on Oct 14, 2000 -
, the creator of Tetris has had a remarkable life. He developed one of the world's most recoginizable (and mind-numbingly addictive) games - and in the process, managed to survive through all sorts of incredible bureaucratic and corporate nonesense. Speaking of corporate nonesense, he's currently an employee of Microsoft.
posted by grant
on Dec 9, 1999 -
Every once in a while I get a bad case of 8-bit nostalgia, and I remember fondly my many hours of joy with my Nintendo Entertainment System. One of the most fun games on the NES had to be Tetris, and this history
of the game is a neat read. TSR's NES Archive
is another cool site dealing with the NES. Of course, the original Legend of Zelda is the best game of all time, but that's another thread entirely.
posted by tdecius
on Sep 20, 1999 -