Re: You Cannot Do This IV

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Fuck yeah!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:24 PM
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So boring.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:24 PM
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(yes, impressive too)


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:24 PM
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*cough*roids*cough*


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:29 PM
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LOL INVISIBLE TETRIS


Posted by: OPINIONATED GRANDMA | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:31 PM
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Im in ur tetris
destroyin yr invisibul blox.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:34 PM
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Interesting how the player builds his structures with the gap on the right. Everyone seems to. Why not on the left?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:39 PM
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Perhaps lefties leave the gap on the left.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:41 PM
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Because it's easier to tap the long pieces (which will get stuck faster) to the right? Or possibly it's a political thing?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:45 PM
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Because it's easier to tap the long pieces (which will get stuck faster) to the right?

Is it? I thought that might be it, but you actually have to move the balance of pieces to the left if the gap's going to be on the right.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:47 PM
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Ben beat me to my question: what say you, lefties?

That was undeniably and ridiculously impressive, but if you're going to get that good at a video game, why Tetris? Why not something awesome, like Castlevania?

Final thought: if I was that good, and beat a game that hard, I'd want more than some shitty fireworks at the end. (Unless the Japanese characters said something like, "Fuck yeah! You are a god among men.")


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:49 PM
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Is the order of blocks in Tetris the same every time you play, or are they randomized? If they're the same, and this represents nothing more than a freakishly detailed memorization of the moves, consider me in awe of the dedication but otherwise largely unimpressed. (Not that I could do it, just that I don't care.) If the order is random and the player is analyzing the pattern of blocks and responding that quickly, consider me absolutely astounded.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:49 PM
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You do, but most pieces you don't have to move as far as you do the long bars?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:50 PM
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Ben beat me to my question: what say you, lefties?

Right is... right.

12: no on one, yes on two. Considering you astounded.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:52 PM
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12 - The game did have a "next piece" preview thingie at the top.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:54 PM
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The game did have a "next piece" preview thingie at the top.

Still: my eyes weren't fast enough to watch that and what was going on below. Maybe on a full arcade screen he could use peripheral vision like some kind of mutant ability.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:57 PM
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That version seemed to allow him to sequester the long bars (the "hold" box on the upper left, beside the "next" box), so he could pull it out whenever he was in a pinch. Also, I think he could see the coming three blocks at once.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:58 PM
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It no way diminishes his mad skills. Just saying that he didn't have to memorize the piece order.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 6:58 PM
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Oh, wait, Mini is right, there's a "hold" and he can see the next three pieces, which I've never seen before. Well, shit, then I can do this.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:02 PM
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"Next piece" previewing isn't the same as knowing what all the next pieces will be.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:03 PM
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15/17: yeah, I was taking that all into account--I'd still call that analyzing on the fly. I was asking if the order of the blocks for the entire game was possibly rearranged. If they're not, which it sounds like they're not, then HOLY FUCKING SHIT.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:03 PM
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19 - Even invisible? I think not.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:04 PM
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*rearranged s/b prearranged.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:04 PM
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You know, the fact that there's a hold option almost makes it more impressive—if he were using it, that means that he was juggling another piece of strategy.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:05 PM
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19 - Even invisible? I think not.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:06 PM
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I wonder if maybe he is blind, like the Pinball Wizard? That would explain why he able to do the invisible part so well--he's not used to seeing any of the pieces.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:08 PM
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Kidding, people, kidding. Ben's right that "hold" makes things even more complicated. The three-piece preview is a big help, however.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:09 PM
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Three-piece preview is a big help, and I don't even know what hold would do. But it's worth remembering that (without a hold option), you will eventually always lose at Tetris.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:12 PM
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you will eventually always lose at Tetris.

This kid didn't. He plays by sense of smell.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:13 PM
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I wonder if people who read right-to-left leave the gap on the left.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:15 PM
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It used to be that being excellent at snooker was evidence of a youth misspent in a particular way that this seems to be analogous to.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:37 PM
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I have played a damn lot of Tetris in my time, from the original Gameboy release through the terrible Tetrisphere and Tetris Virtual 3D Whatever through the incredible Tetris 64 release, and the preview & hold features were built in pretty early. Those are a given. What this guy is doing is next to godliness.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:46 PM
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Netris, 'smasher?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:47 PM
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Actually, you'll always lose at Tetris even with the hold option.


Posted by: micah | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:49 PM
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Any time, except possibly, right now, when I'm so high on various pharmaceuticals. Mostly alcohol, actually. I don't need to explain myself to you.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:52 PM
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30: like Arabs or Persians will ever get their shit together enough to master Tetris.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:55 PM
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I appreciate you making the distinction, you failed racist.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:56 PM
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Chinese people leave the gap at the bottom.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:58 PM
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37: I enjoyed the NYT's comments today on your pleasure-worshiping culture. The Iranian Republic: married sex is hot sex!


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 7:59 PM
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You gotta linky?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:03 PM
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I read the print edition today, honky.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:07 PM
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Here.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:08 PM
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Blah, blah. Who's watching the VMAs?


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:12 PM
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Huh, pretty lame.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:12 PM
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Scrolling through the article I misread "hijab" as "handjob". I thought you all should know.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:15 PM
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How does one wear a handjob?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:16 PM
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With pride.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:18 PM
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44 - You say lame but I think there's a role for "Iranians: They're Just Like Us!" articles. I was talking with some of my co-workers the other day and they think Iran is full of backwards, uneducated, bloodthirsty crazies.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:19 PM
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"That looks really good on you."


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:19 PM
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I didn't think it was much of a "just like us" article. "Much like the New Soviet Man..."


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:20 PM
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"Thanks! Just ten bucks!"


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:20 PM
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I don't know all that much about Persia, but god, what a mismatch between people that seem essentially fun-loving and a ridiculously oppressive theocracy.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:25 PM
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True, but I think the message of "hey, there's a large educated secular middle-class" is a good one.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:25 PM
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Wasn't the existence of a large educated secular middle class the reason they gave for why there wouldn't be an insurgency in Iraq?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:26 PM
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How does one wear a handjob?

Spattered on the shirttail.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:27 PM
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Wait, is the shirttail only in the back?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:28 PM
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I think the lesson to be learned is that invading an unstable country with a large educated secular middle class will cause that large educated secular middle class to flee and then the country's really fucked.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:28 PM
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54: Good point. That was the reasoning my friend gave for why the invasion was such a good idea that Bush was forced to make up nonsensical reasons to get the public on the right side of the issue.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:29 PM
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8: Perhaps lefties leave the gap on the left.

I'm a lefty and I leave my gaps on the right. My best guess--which I formulated before reading Ogged's 30--is that it's a reading left to right thing.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:37 PM
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Blah. Except for that Chris Brown kid, who is obviously some kind of robot from the future.


Posted by: Trevor | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 8:51 PM
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There's no way a hold option and multiple next piece preview is harder than the one piece, no hold version of old. Steeper learning curve, though.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:05 PM
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And each piece is a unique color, so you don't have to look at the shape.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:07 PM
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Now that I've browsed, I think this video is a fraud. I've seen a few different types or categories of extreme Tetris victories, and all of them seems to have been produced or uploaded by the single Arika company—whose logo is printed awfully largely over the final videos. And, frankly, I don't believe that anyone, anyone, would or could take the time to memorize the sequence of pieces and then go on to win at such a high skill level that a single mistake would ruin the game. And I certainly don't believe anyone's playing that without making a mistake.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:30 PM
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63 - You haven't seen The King Of Kong, have you? There most certainly are people like that out there.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:35 PM
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Well, he does make a couple of mistakes, which I think add to the verisimilitude. It's hard to spot them because of the speed, but there are four or so occasions where he has to clear fewer than four lines because of a misplaced piece. And I don't think the hypothetical high-skill Tetris player would be memorizing sequences: he'd develop the ability to visualize the state of the field of play without looking at it, focusing instead on the upcoming pieces.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:37 PM
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Yeah, it looks real to me. The mistakes increase as things get faster, just as you'd expect them to. And as foolishmortal said, memorizing the pieces doesn't come into it.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:45 PM
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And didn't you have any crazy-adept Tetris playing friends in college? This is insanely skilled, but entirely along the continuum of stuff I've seen in person.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:46 PM
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Note that the player doesn't need to know the state of the lower blocks, only the "frontier" along the top. Assuming the player fills evenly and doesn't leave a bit hanging, which this one seems to do, there are only about 3^9, or around 20,000 possible "frontiers" onto which the player must place a new piece. I'm sure if you break it down into compositional elements it's dramatically fewer. See Wikipedia on the Psychology of Chess.


Posted by: Trevor | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:46 PM
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Looks real to me. His hands seem to sync with the action, in addition to what foolish and foxy said.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:46 PM
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I am the crazy-adept Tetris playing friend from college. There were several semesters in which we'd find someone to find someone to buy us beer so that we could get drunk while we played Tetris all night long. I am very good at this game on every platform, and I'm totally suspicious of video, and I think there's good reason to believe that what few mistakes the player makes are in execution of an otherwise fraudulent program.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:49 PM
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What's your evidence, Smashman, other than the fact that no one could possibly be better than you?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:52 PM
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The other day I saw this series of Super Mario World videos, in which an obsessive fan has made homebrew levels that are winnable without moving Mario. Mario stands still, and the universe revolves around him. Seriously, they're fantastic. Harold Lloyd would be proud.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:54 PM
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It's perfectly fair to be suspicious of video -- I would easily believe that there are edits or speed fudging, or both. But I was thrown by your "memorize the sequence of pieces" line of objection, which seems out of left field to me. And there were, honestly, lots of mistakes in there (which I'm sure you can see, if I can, since I was never all that fabulously adept at Tetris), just not mistakes that he doesn't recover from.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:54 PM
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That's all the evidence I need, Ogged. Otherwise: I find it hard to believe that this is this method, this school, to beating Tetris out there, and there is only one video provider putting this material on Youtube. It's a radically new technique, but there seem to be several different videos showing players using it to varying degrees of (extreme) success, but in every case: Arika videos.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 9:59 PM
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"hard to believe that there is this method"


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:00 PM
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Arika also put strong-man drugs in Barry Bonds' Gatorade without ever telling him. Fact.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:04 PM
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What method? The wait for the skinny piece method?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:04 PM
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Those mario videos are awesome.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:10 PM
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I'm inclined to agree with Armsmasher. However, I've only been good at black and white Gameboy and PC versions of Tetris.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:10 PM
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JESUS OGGED, TELL EVERYONE THE SECRET WHY DON'T YOU!!!!


Posted by: GRANDMA ALAMEIDA | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:17 PM
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C'mon, Ogged, those pieces are flying too fast for even hyperstimulatd Japanese kids to process. Everyone does the skinny piece on the side. There's not any other way to play the game, except, apparently, lightning fast.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:17 PM
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78 gets it right. Especially #6.q


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:18 PM
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Maybe I'm unusual, but when I've played for lines rather than score, I haven't bothered trying to keep the line open on a side for Tetris.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:22 PM
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Your objection is the speed? Dude, I can play almost that fast, but not for any longer than twenty or thirty seconds before I screw something up; it doesn't surprise me at all that someone could sustain it with practice.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:23 PM
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The one objection I would entertain is that it's a demo AI that gives more skinny pieces than it typically would. I've often gone a long time without getting one (IYKWIM).


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:24 PM
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Yeah, I had this "how convenient" feeling as I watched the distribution of the pieces the first time. This was overwhelmed eventually by the sentiment expressed in comment 2. The other odd thing was that the game let him play over the credits. Is that common in arcades?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:27 PM
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The Mario videos are impressive, but diverge from standard Super Mario World "physics" in a few rather key ways. Or maybe "materials science" is a better word; I'm willing to bet that all the terrains are edited to have the properties of ice level ground, or an even slicker version of same, but some of those surfaces as normally "constructed" wouldn't act that way. The music cubes certainly don't propel you six Mario-lengths horizontally over normal grass when you bonk into them, that's for sure, at least not in the SNES version.


Posted by: Lunar Rockette | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:27 PM
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86: Kill screen?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:29 PM
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Huh. I'd never been good enough to see one of those heard of that.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:34 PM
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84: I don't doubt that you're hasty at play, Ogged. And I'd also believe this video were it homegrown. Surely the first kid to go to invisible Tetris would throw up a video without the benefit of this one company?


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:42 PM
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Of what do you suspect this company, Arm-man?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:44 PM
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OT: How long should one expect a "houseguest" (a friend of a roommate's; an acquaintance of mine) to stay? He says "a few days".

I don't want to be a bastard, but our house is already maxed out at four people, let alone five.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:44 PM
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Beyond cheating, that is. Cui bono?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:44 PM
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Sell him for parts, Stanley!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:45 PM
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94: E-mail me your address. I'm sure he has a good kidney, and I accept money order or paypal. No personal checks.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:48 PM
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FWIW, my well-reasoned comment aside, Beauty Contest's Arika argument is persuasive.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:52 PM
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Of what do you suspect this company, Arm-man?

Of being the sole arbiter of xtreme Tetris play, which strikes me as dubious.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:59 PM
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92: Depends on the strength of the friendship. Whether it is yours or your roommate's is only relevant to later reparations.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 10:59 PM
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Here's a message board with a post by a guy who's played against the guy in the clip.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:03 PM
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Smasher, have you played Grand Master Tetris? It seems like game play varies slightly in ways that may make something like this possible, in that there seems to be more time to maneuver pieces along the ground after they hit the "Instant Gravity" stage.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:11 PM
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Maybe, Ogged, maybe. But man, I just looked over that endgame sequence again, and I think that I just cannot believe it. I do believe I have good reason to think this is supremely odd, but in any case, I'm not buying.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:12 PM
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Skimming some of the threads at that site makes me more inclined to change my inclination and think this video is legitimate. But no hold, single piece preview does look more difficult.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:12 PM
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Plus, you can rotate pieces ahead of time in the instant gravity stage.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:13 PM
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You and SCMT can hook up and not accept greatness together.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:13 PM
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Initial Rotation (IRS)

Initial rotation is a feature which allows players to have pieces appear in an already rotated state. This is crucial to play in 20G, where rotating the pieces before they hit the ground is impossible. Players can use initial rotation by holding down the rotation button after the previous piece has locked down - but before the next piece enters the well. A short metallic sound can be heard when initial rotation is invoked

[edit] Temporary Landing (TLS)

Temporary Landing (sometimes known as a "ghost" piece in other Tetris variants) is an assistance feature for players to prevent mistakes in early levels. A transparent image of the current piece is displayed at the location it would occupy if allowed to fall from its current location. This feature is removed at level 100, most likely as part of the increase in difficulty as the game progresses.

[edit] Randomization algorithm

TGM keeps a history of the last 4 pieces in memory and is biased against giving one of these pieces when selecting the next piece. If the selection of a random piece yields a piece in the history, the game tries again up to a maximum of 4 random selections. After 4 attempts it will ignore the history and give the last selection. The history is initialized as 4 Z pieces.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:14 PM
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100: No. I'm just getting that this is a somewhat different game.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:14 PM
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You and SCMT can hook up and not accept greatness together.

We're here, aren't we?


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:16 PM
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Why is it that convention restricts the type of games one can bet on? You see professional poker players, but where is the man who made his millions at Street Fighter 2? I find this anti-geek bias deeply offensive. It has crushed my high school dreams of becoming a go-hustler.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:24 PM
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go-hustler

Bring it, fool.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:25 PM
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108: Surely this is a good way to start building buzz.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:26 PM
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I'm pretty sure there is betting on video game tournaments nowadays.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:27 PM
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I'm sure you could be a go hustler in Japan.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:29 PM
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Sure.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:30 PM
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We're familiar with the Star Hustler, but where are the Sinistar hustlers?


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:31 PM
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109: Well, I haven't actually played go since high school, and only then against my dad. I'm still not sure about the rules on double-takes. Anyway, I always played for nickels, but if you wanted to we could play five dollars a point, I guess.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:33 PM
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Does anyone remember Tetris being marketed as a Russian strategy game? Did it give them an advantage during the cold war?

(Obligatory: In Soviet Russia, bloc rotates you.)


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:34 PM
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2. Like video games


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:36 PM
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Does anyone remember Tetris being marketed as a Russian strategy game?

Yeah, sure. Invented by a Russian, no?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:37 PM
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117: So many people working so hard at #1 that they never get around to the others! Tragedy!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:40 PM
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How long should one expect a "houseguest" (a friend of a roommate's; an acquaintance of mine) to stay?

Well...


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:47 PM
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108: Why is it that convention restricts the type of games one can bet on? You see professional poker players, but where is the man who made his millions at Street Fighter 2? I find this anti-geek bias deeply offensive

Because two E. Hondas roll-cancelling at one another is fucking boring to watch.

It has crushed my high school dreams of becoming a go-hustler.

Try Korea.


Posted by: Lunar Rockette | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:50 PM
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Who's monitoring the records for Ballbuster?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:52 PM
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120: You're not making me feel better, teo. The houseguest in-question once lived in this house's shed (when the house was inhabited by previous occupants).


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09- 9-07 11:52 PM
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Just make sure he doesn't bring a tent.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:05 AM
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I don't know if being a Ballbuster hustler would be worth the trouble.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:06 AM
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124: A previous denizen of the shed began a still-present escape hole (~halfway complete) to the alley. I keep weird company.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:08 AM
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Tell him he can live in the shed as long as he wants, then start besieging it one day.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:09 AM
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The houseguest in-question once lived in this house's shed

This guy is totally coming for the long haul. Sweet. You've got to keep us up to date.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:10 AM
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You've got to keep us up to date.

Will do. Along with siege plans drawn up by Cryptic Ned.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:12 AM
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122: Oh god, that's funny.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:12 AM
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I hope everyone appreciates that chance to see the word "besiege" not only in its rarely-used non-metaphorical sense, but also in a tense other than the past participle.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:16 AM
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It was gerunderful, Ned.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:17 AM
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I certainly appreciate it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:17 AM
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131: I do, and I recommend the digging of a moat before he gets there, for emphasis.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:19 AM
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Make sure you finish besieging the shed. Otherwise it will never actually be under siege.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:19 AM
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The fourth amendment protects against unlawful search and seigers.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:22 AM
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siegers


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:22 AM
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I shall enlist the help of Steven Seagal. Can't be that busy these days.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:22 AM
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He's shown himself willing to help out the little guy on occasion before.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:25 AM
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After the siege, send him to Liege.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:27 AM
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He's shown himself willing to help out the little guy

It's cute that you call it by that name, ben.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:27 AM
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Steven Seagal was the reason I switched from Aikido to Hapkido when I was 13. I hope he's pleased with himself.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:28 AM
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It's cute that you call it by that name, ben.

I'm glad you aren't hurt.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:32 AM
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In the interest of norming some homos or something, I should point out that this commenting is distracting me from my viewing of A Streetcar Named Desire, and holy shit, Marlon Brando used to be hott. No one told me! Not even FL.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:33 AM
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You're seriously just finding that out?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:36 AM
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re: 144

He also invented the whole leather queen look in The Wild Ones.

http://www.nrk.no/img/388023.jpeg


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:36 AM
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You're seriously just finding that out?

Yup. I feel so enwhitened.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:38 AM
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He also had class. Or could have had, anyway.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:41 AM
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92 :
How long should one expect a "houseguest" to stay?

I was taught that, as a guest, one should always keep in mind that "fish and houseguests stink after three days".


Posted by: joel hanes | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:41 AM
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Yes, indeed.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:42 AM
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Stella!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:44 AM
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149: That's why my I end up keeping my houseguests in Ziploc bags in the freezer.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:44 AM
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Steven Seagal was the reason I switched from Aikido to Hapkido when I was 13. I hope he's pleased with himself.

Good job. Hapkido is cooler.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 12:54 AM
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Well, I started watching this, then I realised I didn't understand anything that was going on, and then I realised I didn't want to anyway. Very sorry - not impressed - well, yes, it 'defies belief' that anyone could even THINK of doing this!


Posted by: Herr torquewrench | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 6:05 AM
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Wow. All I say is wow.


Posted by: NCProsecutor | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 6:45 AM
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I have a sneaking suspicion that this is actually the blog where I found this link originally, but in case it isn't, I give you:

Magic Eye/Stereogram Tetris

http://www.lutanho.net/play/magiceyetetris.html


Posted by: orangatan | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:24 AM
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That's awesome! I got distracted for a second after a good start and lost it.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 11:28 AM
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63: It's plausible that it's not a fraud.

Back when people still played tetrinet/tetrifast, a lot of players averaged over 100 drops per minute. The last part of the video looks like it's about 180 dpm, but this is a lot easier than tetrifast. Having a three piece preview would help a lot. The hardware on arcade machines is probably better too. I remember noticing terrible lag and losing a lot of speed when playing on friends' machines because the input rate (or maybe latency, I'm not sure which) is a limiting factor, and most people don't overclock their USB ports.


Posted by: blue hapax | Link to this comment | 09-10-07 4:46 PM
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