Tetris: how a teenager achieved ‘the impossible’ in the gaming classic

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Person plays Tetris 99, Nintendo’s recent version of its classic game Tetris

  • Author, Tom Stafford
  • Role, BBC Future

It was a feat considered impossible decades ago.

In the last days of 2023, the adolescent American Willis Gibson – “Blue Scuti”, as he is known online – “zeroed” the version of videogame Tetris from Nintendo, originally launched in 1989.

The original designers felt that resetting the Tetris would be impossible – the game is designed to be played endlessly. The pieces fall faster and faster, until they overwhelm the player.

To beat the game, you have to reach scores so high that the memory banks become overloaded and the game crashes. The player wins because the computer simply cannot continue.

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