January 09, 2024

Young Boy ‘Beats’ Tetris

You might think a simple puzzle game like “Tetris” would have been beaten by many gamers in its 39 years of existence, but it was only recently that a young boy named Willis Gibson managed to do what has eluded so many.

The video game was first created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1985, and it gained widespread popularity after its release on the Nintendo Entertainment System four years later.

The gameplay is straightforward, but progressing through levels becomes increasingly more challenging; this fact is made doubly so as later levels not only have bricks changing colours, but the game itself begins to glitch.

As a result, only dedicated gamers using scripted bots and artificial intelligence have seen Tetris’ “end” screen, which is essentially a frozen screen as the game’s code becomes so inefficient that it glitches itself to a complete halt – a kill screen, in other words.

On 21 December, 13-year-old Gibson from Stillwater, Oklahoma achieved this feat, unassisted for 38 minutes before the game froze at level 157, and he let out a gasp of “Yes!” before hyperventilating from excitement.

He later uploaded the recorded attempt to his YouTube channel with the caption: “When I started playing this game, I never expected to ever crash the game, or beat it.”

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