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Hard block life: What we learned from Tetris

Sci-Fi blog io9 has posted an absolutely fantastic, thinking-outside-the-box article -- exactly the sort of thing we love to share with you -- titled "I Was Programmed by Tetris to be a Better Person." The piece matches familiar Tetris scenarios with words of wisdom, like "Whatever you do, do it with dignity," and "The nail that sticks out should be hammered down."

Having spent over half of our existence playing the Russian puzzler, we've also picked up a few lessons and words to live by from the falling, multi-colored blocks. Here they are, plucked from the sage minds of DS Fanboy's staff (My wife contributed, too, since Alisha is off birthing her own baby block):
  • Dave: Immediate gratification just isn't worth sacrificing the long-term goal
  • JC: Don't buy the Tetris board game
  • Eric: Having a second player makes everything ten times more fun
  • Candace, channeling Project Runway's Tim Gunn: "Make it work"
  • Chris: If you pause for too long, you might find life passes you by (or that level 20 Tetris is REALLY FREAKING HARD to play from the off)
  • Alexis: Even weird blocks, the ones that don't look like they fit in anywhere, have a place
So, what has Tetris taught you?

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2-08-2008 @ 6:16PM

Metal_Link said...

Tetris taught me the we can all live together...

...And then disappear.


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2-08-2008 @ 6:59PM

FantomRedux said...

Tetris taught me that I suck at Tetris. Even my dad can play it better than me, and he doesn't even like gaming -_-


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Swampgirl Inez3

2-08-2008 @ 7:15PM

Swampgirl Inez said...

Tetris taught me that all the world's a block in my mind's eye. (Too much and you can see blocks in the trees, amirite?)

Can still hear that Tengen version music. :)


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The Theory4

2-08-2008 @ 7:28PM

The Theory said...

Oh my... Tetris. I had a b&w version with excellent Russian-esque graphics on our old Mac. I was an ace at that version. I figured I was about the best Tetris player on the face of the planet. Then I acquired Tetris for my TI-83+ graphing calculator and I realized my skills weren't even good enough to get on the top-10 list... let alone the best on the face of the planet. It was a very sobering (or, more accurately, life-shattering) realization.


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Eternal Warrior5

2-08-2008 @ 7:32PM

Eternal Warrior said...

Tetris taught me life is about twisting and dropping.


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2-08-2008 @ 8:13PM

Matdredalia said...

First of all, I wanted to say that this is one of the best DSFanboy articles, ever, in my opinion.

Especially since it comes about two weeks after I actually wrote a poem using Tetris as a metaphor for life, lol!

I loved hearing all of your insights (I'm assuming Alexis is Eric's Alexis? :)), and I thought they were very true and in some cases, sweet.

I'm going to pull a line from the aforementioned poem as the #1 thing Tetris taught me:

"This world is in pieces
And you're one of them

You have to spin yourself around
To find out just where you fit

And you have to look at your puzzle
And decide what you want from it."


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2-08-2008 @ 8:20PM

Dio said...

I think he confused Confucius with Tetris >_>

Good article nonetheless. It's healthy for the gamers.


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2-08-2008 @ 11:57PM

Matdredalia said...

"It's healthy for the gamers."

O_O What are we, zoo animals or preschoolers, lol? ~_^

And personally, I'd take Tetris over Confucius any day, and I'm generally a big fan of Eastern thinking.

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2-08-2008 @ 8:39PM

Macha88 said...

You always know whats coming next.


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2-08-2008 @ 9:06PM

boxmyth said...

It taught me boobs could only be better if they were square shaped. And created by a Russian guy.


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