Most of you already know that I entered the AT&T sponsored Tetris Mobile (by EA) tournament and won it. The prize was a trip to Hawaii for two people, four nights, and $2000. I left on the thirteenth and got back home on the twentieth. I had a blast. I got to go surfing, site-seeing, snorkeling, all the other touristy type stuff, but best of all I got to visit Tetris Headquarters! Aloha! Sweet smell of victory. On the sixteenth, I hung out with Chaos and z-flo, who both were finalists in the Tetris Cup earlier this year. Chaos and I met up at the Ala Moana mall and took a bus to downtown Honolulu. Chaos had called up Blue Planet Software's public relations guy Danny, and he gave us a tour of Blue Planet Software (BPS)'s facility! Where Tetris babies come from. These pictures are actually projected onto the wall in front of the elevator. The first thing I saw there was a very old and archaic computer that said on it... Electronica 60. I look over to Chaos and say, "that's not what I think it is." Chaos then explained to me that it was in fact the very Electronica 60 that Alexey originally programmed Tetris. I quickly snapped a shot on my cell phone. The original Electronica 60, a device older than myself. Danny says it doesn't work anymore, unfortunately. Close by was a display of a very nice assortment of various Tetris games from Tetris handhelds to Tetris The Grand Master Ace to Tetris 4D--all in mint condition, I believe. Danny showed us around and explained how they mainly handled the many Tetris licenses and how BPS is concerned also with standardizing the rules of Tetris so that people can cross platforms and won't suffer tetlag (no he didn't actually use the word "tetlag.") All throughout the offices there were posters, toys, and other promotional-type Tetris thingies. They even had an arcade cabinet laying around, which I didn't get a very good look at. Later on we ran into KBR, who's actually a really funny guy in real life. Apparently KBR had beat Chaos pretty bad in a "just for fun" match during the Tetris Cup, so Chaos wanted a rematch. KBR and another employee Chad sat down with us and we duked it out on Tetris DS. Everyone at the table was very good at the game, and we had some great matches. Eventually a bunch of BPS guys came in and presented me with a super-cool-gonna-wear-it-all-the-time Tetris Cup t-shirt! After everyone got their fill of Tetris DS, we headed back to the mall. This shirt has "I play Tetris, and I mean business" written all over it. Thanks to Holly for helping me hold it up. After having some conveyorized sushi, we met up with z-flo at Barnes & Noble and had another intense Tetris DS match. We ended the session with some Planet Puzzle League (which z-flo pwned hard). Then we made the walk back to Waikiki and discussed a lot of Tetris stuff and also discussed food a little. Words I learned to pronounce correctly: Alexey (just like the regular name Alex + ee), Henk (Hank), and Korobeiniki.