For the Love of Tetris

On Friday, a little collection of my friends got together. It was quite the adventure, really, considering that Paul and Kelly live in Canada.

Okay, not actually, but as I said to my coworker, their town is practically in New Hampshire, which is practically Canada. I mean, come on! The leaves on the trees were already brown and… well… not on the trees so much any more! (At our house, we are just past peak. The colors were absolutely perfectly gorgeous on Friday morning. I was almost “moved” by the beauty. In Boston, we’re just starting to see some change in colors. There’s one giant yellow tree in the Public Garden and a couple smaller-looking [perhaps just farther away] in the dark gold and red varieties. I see a good number at the tail end of green, however, and I suspect that today’s relative coolness will turn them right to shiny gold.)

Mike and I did our best not to get lost, and failed at that. Luckily, we didn’t stray far from the intended destination, and were soon at building K. (Who letters their buildings rather than numbering them? Canadians!) Their place is rather nice, actually, and quite spacious.

Tara came, dinner occurred, Jeremy came, etc., etc., etc….

Really, what I came here to talk… *ahem* write about was the Tetris. I’m not exactly sure what transpired that got us to that point, but we were eventually playing Tetris 2 for the NES along with the new Tetris for the DS. Holy falling blocks, Batman!

I have been playing a lot of Tetris on my DS on the ride in to work. I’ve gotten rather good at it. Sometimes, if my mind drifts, I see “Tetriminoes” behind my eyelids. That’s probably not healthy. But whatever. I think that my skillz (note the use of the “z” for emphasis!) at the more standard Tetris are what caused my downfall at Tetris 2.

At least that is what I’m going to believe.

How could the creators of such a lovely simple organized game, in which there are always four blocks falling from the sky, and they all connect in easy to understand ways, possibly create such a hectic pile of insanity? I mean, really. Do there have to be pieces that disconnect from other pieces? And matching by color? Good grief! (Yes, I know… thank you, Charlie Brown. Maybe I should be Charlie Brown for Halloween. That might make my affection for that phrase seem less insane, if only for a day.)

What is my point? Oh, hell if I know. Basically, Tetris. Blocks. Falling. Rotating. Settling. Tetrising.

October 17th, 2006 • 8:32 am • dinane • Posted in Life, Video Games

6 Responses to “For the Love of Tetris”

  1. Dave says:

    good old tetris, I don’t know if I’ve ever played tetris 2, but my first experience with tetris was on the family 386. Or was it still the 286? It was the original PC version where the level backhrounds were russian landmarks and there were 4 executables just in case you could still only do black white, CGA or EGA. Simple VGA res was state of the art!

  2. Tara says:

    I went home and played several hours worth of Dr. Mario and Tetris the next day on my top-loader.

  3. Kelly says:

    I *so* do not live in Canada!

  4. dinane says:

    Dave – I have early memories of Tetris also, but they aren’t of playing it. I remember my second (or possibly third) cousins had it, probably on a Nintendo – I remember a TV being involved. We were over their house for some kind of family party or other (Christmas maybe?). They played. I watched. I was mesmorized. I think I may have asked for it, but I probably didn’t beg or anything. My mom never has understood why anyone would want to play video games.

    Although… now she owns a Nintendo DS. Purely for “Brain Age,” but still…

  5. dinane says:

    Tara – It is so easy to get lost in games like that for hours and hours and hours and days and weeks and why stop now?

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