It's a little older than the year-old games I usually talk about here, but Tetris is still one of my favorites—and this article from the Boston Globe is one of my favorite video game articles of all time, in which woman who did not know she was good at Tetris broke the world record for the Game Boy version.
Now, the Game Boy version isn't the most widely recognized version in terms of world records—and this article is from 2007 so I'm sure she's been dethroned by now—but this is still a crazy story, and some serious Tetris skill. And apparently, she had no idea she was that good:
"It's funny," I told Flewin. "We have an old Nintendo Game Boy floating around the house, and Tetris is the only game we own. My wife will sometimes dig it out to play on airplanes and long car rides. She's weirdly good at it. She can get 500 or 600 lines, no problem."
What Flewin said next I will never forget.
After I hung up the phone, I went to the bedroom and woke my wife, Lori.
"Honey," I said. "You're not going to believe this, but I just got off the phone with a guy who's in charge of video game world records, and he said the world record for Game Boy Tetris is 327 lines, and he wants us to go to New Hampshire this spring so you can try to break the world record live in front of the judges at the world's largest classic video game tournament."
What's really impressive was that she wasn't even really a gamer—she just played "on airplanes and long car rides." That...is miraculous.
I highly recommend reading the whole thing, it's pretty fun. And if you're a Tetris fan, I also recommend checking out Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters. It's a documentary about the NES world championship tournament a few years back (and, full disclosure, was co-produced by a good friend of mine), and it's a good ride.
Hit the link for the full article.
Bizarro World | Boston Globe
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