“Oh my god…I can’t feel my fingers…I am going to pass out,” exclaimed 13-year-old Willis Gibson as his game of Tetris froze into a game-ending glitch, signifying that he had actually beaten Tetris.
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Gibson, a competitive gamer known as ‘Blue Scuti’ on YouTube, shared his nearly 40 minutes of Tetris’ run-through as he became the first human to beat the all-time classic. Before him, only a computer was able to achieve this feat, making his victory all the more special.
This is undoubtedly a big deal for Tetris players, as the game was considered unbeatable before this. That’s mostly because the game didn’t seem to have a scripted ending – like most games do – and players are expected to stack the fall four-block shapes into disappearing rows endlessly. Many top players, even those who played the game competitively in tournaments, tried myriad ways to reach the ‘ending’ but were bested by the game in the end. That was until, of course, Gibson showed the world how it is supposed to be done, triggering a kill screen on Level 157.
“Congratulations to ‘blue scuti’ for achieving this extraordinary accomplishment, a feat that defies all preconceived limits of this legendary game,” said Maya Rogers, Tetris CEO, in a statement to the Associated Press.
After Gibson’s victory, many joined in to share their excitement. Classic Tetris World Champion Justin Yu shouted, “He did it, he did it”, on his live stream, while YouTube gaming historian David Macdonald said, “People didn’t even know how to get to these higher levels. They were just stuck in the 20s and 30s because they just didn’t know techniques to get any further.”
Tetris will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The game, developed by Russian developer Alexey Pajitnov in 1985, was bought by Nintendo and was ported over to its Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, after which it received worldwide acclaim and went down in history as one of the finest video games ever made.
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