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Spritetris

By rotating, positioning and dropping a predetermined sequence of pieces, the Tetris Printer Algorithm (video) exploits the mechanics of Tetris to generate arbitrary bitmap images.
posted by Jpfed on Jun 3, 2013 - 15 comments

I'm A Princess

French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters (video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)
posted by The Whelk on Mar 17, 2013 - 23 comments

Playing To Lose

How competitive Tetris winners approach an unwinnable game.
posted by Chrysostom on Feb 12, 2013 - 41 comments

Alexey-O-Lantern?

Playable Pumpkin Tetris. (SLICHC)
posted by Joey Michaels on Oct 29, 2012 - 11 comments

Insert Quarter Here

The Ohio State University Marching Band, in its October 6 game against Nebraska, decided to pay tribute to video games. (SLYT)
posted by booksherpa on Oct 7, 2012 - 39 comments

Best tetris ever?

Have you ever bought one of those cheapo generic Tetris games? From an article on Understanding Japanese Comedy.
posted by PeterMcDermott on May 22, 2012 - 24 comments

And now the music is stuck in your head

After I hung up the phone, I went to the bedroom and woke my wife, Lori. "Honey," I said. "You're not going to believe this, but I just got off the phone with a guy who's in charge of video game world records, and he said the world record for Game Boy Tetris is 327 lines, and he wants us to go to New Hampshire this spring so you can try to break the world record live in front of the judges at the world's largest classic video game tournament. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 13, 2012 - 66 comments

Tetris wasn't hard enough on its own

Tetris plus Minesweeper = Tetrisweeper. A moves left, D moves right, W and E rotate, S drops. Click to uncover, shift-click to flag. (SLFlash)
posted by spitefulcrow on Feb 15, 2012 - 39 comments

The Princess is a Lie....You Monster.

Mari0 is a Super Mario Bros and Portal mashup currently under development. Previously, the same developer made Not Tetris; a faithful reimagining of the original game, but with the addition of realistic physics and geometry.
posted by schmod on Sep 1, 2011 - 21 comments

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters

From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, right up to the present and Harry Hong's perfect "Max-Out" score this documentary expertly chronicles over two decades of Tetris Mastery. The film is Ecstasy of Order by director, and holder of 18th highest score on the game, Adam Cornelius. Folks in Texas can see its World Premiere screening at the Austin Film Festival in October.
posted by klausman on Aug 25, 2011 - 16 comments

Dizzy yet?

Tetris in the round.
posted by prefpara on Aug 7, 2011 - 29 comments

Те́триссирте́Т

Untris... not heaven or hell, but a strange parallel universe... beyond the reaches of time...
posted by lemuring on Jul 17, 2011 - 25 comments

Packa Pappas Kappsäck

Micheal Johansson makes installation art (that doesn't suck -Ed.) from household items
posted by mhjb on Apr 23, 2011 - 15 comments

This is the Internet. This is the Internet on drugs.

David Kraftsow is a visual artist and programmer, and maintains Don'tSave.com to showcase his work. You may be familiar with Yooouuutuuube (Example, Previously) which has added a new feature called "flux", which increases the transformations that can be applied to a video. But Kraftsow is also the mind behind YouTube Datamosh (example), which will remove keyframes from a video to give it a glitched out aesthetic, an automated service to find videos that are better than Justin Bieber, a live feed of QVC processed with hallucinogenic video effects, and first person Tetris (previously). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 28, 2011 - 5 comments

Debtris

Debtris. From Information is Beautiful.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 27, 2011 - 21 comments

I am the man who arranges the blocks

A Complete History of the Soviet Union through the eyes of a humble worker, arranged to the melody of Tetris by Pig With The Face Of A Boy. (previously)
posted by HumanComplex on Aug 18, 2010 - 12 comments

mit blinkenlights - PLC installations across Europe

Achtung! Alles Turisten, Teknischen Und Nonteknischen Lookenpeepers! Relaxen Und Watschen Der Blinkenlichten!
  • Projekt PIWO (Poland): video
  • Mikontalo Lights (Finland): video
  • Schönherz Matrix (Hungary)
  • Project Blinkenlights (Germany, France, Canada...) (previously)

  • posted by zamboni on May 20, 2010 - 8 comments

    "There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach."

    Xkcd's hell, the flash game.
    posted by Artw on Apr 9, 2010 - 84 comments

    Space invaders

    Pixels (SLYT)
    posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 8, 2010 - 31 comments

    First Person Tetris

    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 - 57 comments

    Hit the spacebar.

    Tuper Tario Tros
    posted by tehloki on Dec 29, 2009 - 26 comments

    Tetris, Like You've Never Played It.

    TETRIS! Strangely mesmerising.
    posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 2, 2009 - 30 comments

    History of the Soviet Union via Tetris

    The Pig With The Face Of A Boy are an anti-folk band whose free set rocked this years Edinburgh festival. Most of their stuff won't rock your world, but their History of the Soviet Union to the theme of Tetris is awesome. [more inside]
    posted by PeterMcDermott on Sep 10, 2009 - 23 comments

    Super sweet online multiplayer Tetris

    Oh woop de do it's Tetris on the internet. No seriously, Tetris Friends is awesome. [more inside]
    posted by The Devil Tesla on Sep 8, 2009 - 48 comments

    Pacman, Tetris, Pong

    Photos recreating vintage video games and some other stuff.
    posted by msalt on Aug 14, 2009 - 16 comments

    25 Years of Enhancing Spatial Reasoning

    Tetris: From Russia With Fun! - 25 years of Tetris.
    posted by Burhanistan on Jun 6, 2009 - 31 comments

    Because bigger is always better.

    Tetris HD
    posted by empath on Mar 11, 2009 - 71 comments

    99 Tetris bricks on the wall, 99 Tetris bricks, take one down, toss it around...

    99 Bricks 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 - 29 comments

    You know less about Tetris than you think

    Tetris has changed over the years. The latest game mechanics are well-documented and allow for techniques more complicated than those of us used to earlier iterations could possibly imagine. And of course, you can have it any way you want it. [via]
    posted by silby on Jun 12, 2008 - 40 comments

    You are not yet enlightened, Inky-san.

    Retro Sabotage is a collection of recreations of classic video games. Or is it? [more inside]
    posted by JHarris on Feb 23, 2008 - 20 comments

    Human tetris. Of course.

    Human Tetris. [more inside]
    posted by yhbc on Jan 1, 2008 - 31 comments

    Turns out Turkey is the cornerstone of Europe.

    Statetris is Tetris with European countries or American states as blocks.
    posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 7, 2007 - 28 comments

    Cossacks, Balalaikas, and Martial Arts

    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 - 36 comments

    How to crash an airplane by cheating at Tetris

    This simple hack actually only crashes the in-flight entertainment system (perhaps this one?), but that's already enough to cause concern with the kind of people who comment anonymously on a blog for "security executives."

    I'm certain that this vulnerability (like this vulnerability) will be taken seriously.
    posted by jdfalk on Feb 11, 2007 - 44 comments

    Tetris in 2 Directions

    Quad [flash] It's like Tetris without gravity. Rows erase vertically as well as horizontally, and what's left moves towards the center instead of down. [via The Ultimate Insult]
    posted by mediareport on Nov 9, 2006 - 26 comments

    Tetris Documentary

    Tetris - From Russia with Love (Google Video) A BBC documentary about Tetris and its creator Alexey Pajitnov.
    posted by loquacious on Oct 27, 2006 - 23 comments

    Inhabitat

    Inhabitat - "source on the future of design". Great finds like Tetris shelves, the Slumber Light, a transformer apartment, and Favela Chairs. (via the saucydwellings LJ community)
    posted by Melinika on May 14, 2005 - 43 comments

    Project Blinkenlights

    Project Blinkenlights transforms the Tower T2 of the Bibliothèque nationale de France into a huge computer screen. Wanna play a giant game of Tetris via your mobile phone? Or just wonder at the giant pixellated images which the Parisiens can? Go here! Or if you have Unix on your computer, you can hook up live. Those wacky Euro's, eh?
    posted by dash_slot- on Sep 28, 2002 - 7 comments

    On flight simulators, Tetris, and the CIA

    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 - 13 comments

    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 - 14 comments

    As addictive as heroin, but without the needle tracks.

    As addictive as heroin, but without the needle tracks. If you spent days on end playing tetris, don't even think about playing this game. It's too late for me, I'm already dead.
    posted by plinth on May 24, 2000 - 12 comments

    Tetris!

    Tetris! In High Rise-olution! [thanks memepool!]
    posted by plinth on Apr 18, 2000 - 0 comments

    Alexey Pajitnov

    Alexey Pajitnov, 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 - 0 comments

    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 - 0 comments

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