In a stark reminder that you rarely actually own anything you buy digitally, Electronic Arts’ iOS Tetris games will not only be disappearing from the App Store on April 21, but the games themselves will no longer be playable on iPhones and iPads—even if you paid for them.
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Imagine yourself playing Tetris, and you’ll undoubtedly have the Game Boy version’s memorable theme song (called Korobeiniki) stuck in your head for hours. But playing the game on an old school analogue display manages to produce an even more satisfying sound as 210 small plastic discs quickly flip back and forth to recreate the falling tetrominos.
The Classic Tetris World Championships is one of the best gaming events to spectate all year. It's easy to understand, gets real intense, and the commentary adds a ton to the proceedings.
But this year had an extra element of spice, after 16-year-old Joseph Saelee obliterated a seven-time world champion to become the king of Tetris.
As an avid portable gamer, you might assume smartphones, and their app stores filled with million of titles, would be my ideal device. But part of me still yearns for physical buttons to mash, like my beloved Game Boy had. That's probably why I find this case that puts a bunch of basic video games on the back of a smartphone so appealing.
The NES version of Tetris debuted in 1989, but its popularity remains steadfast in the competitive scene nearly 30 years later. Almost every record currently available on Speedrun for Tetris is months, if not days old, with experts practicing to continually hone their craft and dethrone competitors.
The arrival of the new 280-character limit on Twitter has made the social media network a lot harder to quickly scan and just further proves that words in tweets are useless. So, how should we all use this multi-billion dollar platform now? One imaginative developer has shown us all how to play Tetris, and it seems like the perfect way to forget about all the Nazis.
In terms of computational requirements, Tetris has to be one of the least demanding games ever made. So much so, it's turned up on everything from calculators to business cards. And now you can play it on a soldering iron, one that'll burn you for sucking too much.
Video games such as Super Mario Bros. and Tetris included some of the most catchy background music ever put on a cartridge. But would you recognise those same classic video game themes played backwards? An artist created an album featuring four memorable game themes performed in reverse, and we can't stop listening to them.
"Wildlife" is a very big jigsaw puzzle. Clocking in 33,600 pieces, it ranks among the largest manufactured jigsaw puzzles in the world and will set you back almost 400 bucks. But if you think it's hard enough to do on its own, imagine turning it into a stop motion movie of classic video games while you assemble it.
You can't blame Hollywood for its non-stop deluge of remakes, sequels and prequels. Audiences keep showing up for them, and they take one of the most difficult parts of art -- the idea -- out of the equation. What's unforgivable though is making a movie under the assumption a sequel will be made after it.
If you stop and think about it, Tetris is less a puzzle game, and more a simulator that has players building virtual forts using randomly-shaped couch cushions. Except that in real life they don't disappear when you've completed a layer, nor do these giant Tetris cushions that finally fulfil the game's true living room couch fort destiny.
Tetris has come to us in many forms since its release in 1984, some more interesting than others, but few manage to combine functionality with fun as well as this stackable Tetris LED lamp, which only lights up pieces that are connected to each other.
An "epic sci-fi movie" version of the video game Tetrisis in the works, because if Hollywood loves one thing, it's action blockbusters based on nostalgia-fuelled brands with nonsensical plots (see: Transformers, Battleship, TMNT, really the entire Michael Bay oeuvre).
Earlier this year Kevin Bates revealed what had to be the best way to make an amazing first impression with any potential employer: a business card that actually played Tetris. That project is still in development (yes, you'll eventually be able to buy one) but in the meantime Kevin has reformatted the guts of his Arduboy into a wearable bracelet that turns the world's most popular puzzle game into a fashion statement.