Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tetris


This was a big day. Today, I broke my all time Tetris record, scoring 43,115 points and reaching the 12th level. My fingers are sore, and my eyes are burning from the concentration that it took. But I'm still excited about it. Tetris is a fascinating game when you really look at it. A quick wikipedia search reveals that the game (Russian: Тетрис) was originally designed by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. The Soviet government began marketing it in 1988, thus forever blessing the western world.

I can't help but think that the lifestyle of a Soviet citizen such as Pajitnov contributed to the style and the conflict of the game of Tetris. Every piece has its own specific shape and its own specific role. The point of Tetris is for these pieces to fall into place; reducing excess, and efficiently using the space and resources provided. It fits perfectly into a socialistic world view. No real reflection on that, I just think it's interesting to consider how Mr. pajitnov's surroundings and world view affected his art. It's typical, I suppose.

But, yeah, 43,115. Believe it.

2 comments:

Emma Meyer said...

congratulations on an extraordinary waste of time!

Marta said...

is that on the game on your computer or cell phone? senior year in high school i had it on my phone and played it so much i started dreaming in those little block shapes.