US teen’s victory impact the future of Tetris competitions

A US teenager, Willis Gibson, has achieved a significant feat by beating the classic computer game Tetris, forcing it into a game-ending glitch. Gibson, known as “blue scuti,” became the first human to reach the “kill screen” of the Nintendo version of the puzzle game, as fellow players followed his progress online.

The emotional moment stands in stark contrast to the 35 minutes of gameplay in which Willis, from Oklahoma, sits mostly motionless while rapidly scrolling his fingers across a controller. This achievement is significant for a community of enthusiasts who play both online and in-person tournaments.

Tetris, a simple but highly addictive game, is the brainchild of a Soviet software engineer.

Players are required to rotate and manipulate various shapes of falling blocks to fit together and form solid lines within a box.

As a player progresses through levels, blocks fall faster, reaching Level 29, which was previously believed to be the end of the game.

Tetris, a popular game, has experienced a significant breakthrough in recent years. Players have been able to continue playing the game beyond the ancient code, which has been known to stop at a certain point. On December 21, a piece dropped by Willis on Level 157 caused the game to freeze.

Classic Tetris World Champion Justin Yu celebrated the achievement on his livestream. Tetris chief executive Maya Rogers also celebrated the achievement, stating that it was a fitting achievement for the game’s 40th anniversary in 2024.

Tetris chief executive Maya Rogers congratulated ‘blue scuti’ for achieving this extraordinary accomplishment.

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