Thread in 'Discussion' started by Ai, 30 May 2008.

1. ### Ai

Well I was wondering about a few things for a while. I know a few things about some of the regular members, but not all that much either.

You can talk about anything else you want. It doesn't have to be Tetris related.

These are my answers to the questions:

1. I already mentioned this in my introduction thread when I joined a while back. A few months ago I bought a NDS and a friend of mine was like totally obsessed by TDS and he recommend it. At first I didn't think it was anything special and I just ignored him. But when he lent me some of his games TDS was one of them.

Before I even realized I ignored all "great" games he lent me and was just playing TDS. I was obsessed by the Tetris points and improving my scores. I was addicted so I bought the game.

I still remember feeling great when I had over 15.000 Tetris Points and thinking how great I was. It's when I stumbled across www.cyberscore.net/ and saw someone with over 40.000 Tetris Points that I started doing some serious research about Tetris. I learned about T-Spins and how they can improve your score and I started looking for T-Spin strategies. That's how I found this great community. Funny thing is I haven't really tried to learn T-Spins at all and since I joined and I haven't played TDS all that much any more.

It's been a little over 2 months since I started playing and I consider myself a noob. But I take comfort in knowing that a lot of players out there are even worse than me!

2. At first I played only TDS. Then there was a period where I experimented with different Tetris variants from Nintendo. I loved Tetris advance and learned about infinity at that time because there was a setting to turn it off in the game.

When I joined this site I started playing TDS less in favor of LJ and the TGM series. And recently I have been playing around with Heboris and Texmaster too.

I want to obtain a high Wifi rating in TDS, but currently my top priority is to improve my game and speed in order to get better at TGM.

So basically I haven't really played a lot of multiplayer games so far. I've played some TDS Wifi games, but that's it so far.

At first I played almost 5 to 6 hours a day. But recently I limit this to 1 to 2 hours a day on average and I take some breaks once in a while.

3. As if I didn't have enough trouble with improving my play in Tetris I started looking for other puzzle/block games not so long ago too. There must be other games like Tetris which should keep me busy is what I thought. Also taking a short Tetris break once in a while seems to help.

From the games I've looked into currently the Puyo Puyo and Panel de Pon (TA) franchise seem the most interesting. Tetris Attack was the first one that caught my attention for obvious reasons.

At first I thought that there would be other interesting block/puzzle games I should be good at. The hard reality is that I seem to suck at almost all of them. I like these kind of games, but I clearly need to work hard in order to be good at them.

By the way when I was looking for more information about Tetris Attack I found the site www.tetrisattack.net/ where colour_thief is or used to be a member. If I remember correctly I read that you retired.

Two weeks ago I bought Puzzle Planet League. Currently my high score in score attack is close to 25.000 and the highest chain I made is 18 using exploding lift and the stylus. Considering there are videos floating online with scores of 300.000+ I am still nowhere.

I know this isn't really the place to ask this stuff but CT if you have any tips on how to improve at TA please do share them with me here or just pm me. I read the pros play using buttons so I may try that later.

So far Planet Puzzle League, Minna de Puyo Puyo (GBA) and Puyo Puyo Fever are the games that keep me busy when I'm not playing Tetris games.

As for the past one could say I am a casual gamer. I have played a lot of games on different consoles and PC. In the first place because my older brother is a hardcore gamer.

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2. ### Rosti LFC

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1. I had it on the Game Boy when I was little. I played it quite a lot, and was pretty good, but I wouldn't say I was exceptionally brilliant, nor did I rate it above any of the other games I liked and played quite a lot.

Took a break from Tetris for the best part of a decade, until Tetris DS came out. Not sure why, but I really wanted it and was excited for it's release, buying it on release day despite the fact I was on holiday (in sunny Filey ) at the time. Played it a lot, got totally hooked by the multiplayer. We didn't have wireless internet in my house for the first few months, instead I used the wifi from the house across the street, which required me to sit awkwardly on the window sill to get a good enough signal.

I noticed a few times that the game would randomly flash a thing saying "T-Spin" and it confused me, so I did a little research and that led me to this place. Was probably a mid 6k player at the time (for anyone unfamiliar with the rating system, it's above average but not spectacular) but seeing all the people here with rankings in the top 250 really inspired me to improve. Spent a lot of time playing excellent friend matches in the blockstats IRC channel.

After much protest from me, a few people convinced me to get TGM. I didn't play too often really, maybe an hour or so every week or two. I started off S3, quickly improved to S7, and then hit a wall entirely, so stopped playing. Digital introduced me to TAP, I started playing that, especially Death Mode, and from there I was hooked on the series. TGM Gm followed, and then Death M.

I would consider myself a great player, though I wouldn't dare to try and compare myself to Gods like KAN and Jin8, or even the best people here like Digital, colour_thief and jago.

2. Right now I only really play TAP and Texmaster. I'll play other games like TDS, Heboris, Lockjaw, Quadra, Blocktrix, but only rarely. On days like now, where I have no school, I'd say I'm averaging maybe between one and two hours a day playing.

3. I don't tend to buy games any more, because I just don't see myself putting the time into them for it to be worth the expense. Outside of Tetris, I dabble in bullet hell shoot-em-ups, especially the Cave ones like DoDonPachi and Guwange. My main non-Tetris game would probably be Trackmania Nations Forever, which I do play pretty often and I'm pretty good at.

3. ### mycophobia

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1. I'd played NES/SNES/GB Tetris since I was about five, but I never really got addicted to it. I had seen various TGM gameplay vids, but I just went "wow!" and left it at that. It wasn't until I started playing Gavin Ward's Tetris in January that I found out about TGM, and my interest developed from there. I wouldn't consider myself great, or even particularly good. Mediocre, I would say.

2. TGM1, TAP, Heboris. I play roughly two to three hours per day, cumulatively.

3. Various classic console games, some recent Wii games.

4. ### LewisUnregistered

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1. I started playing tetris when I was about 7, after getting 'The next Tetris' for my birthday. I used to play it lots (about an hour a day or more), but gradually started playing less as I started playing other games. I eventually totally forgot about tetris and lost the software when my computer broke.

Last year, I got interested in cellular automata/the Game of life, and after reading some websites and playing with the applets, I was reminded of tetris. I bought a few different tetris games over the next few months, but none of them I enjoyed as much as The Next Tetris. I even tried to program my own game but it didn't work. A few months ago, I eventually found a copy of the Next tetris for sale on the internet. After a few days of playing, I had beaten all of my high scores i had written down from when I was younger.

2. It depends how much tetris I play each day. When I am busy I usually get about 20-30 minutes of playing, but on weekends I sometimes play for an hour or two. I tend to mostly play Lockjaw and The next Tetris, but I also play Cubestorm and BlockOut II.

3. I don't tend to play many other games besides Tetris, but occasionally I play Age of Empires. Off the computer, I'm into Rubik's cube-style puzzles.

5. ### AmnesiaPiece of Cake

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1. Maybe I should update it..But with what ??!

I was a great player, a long time ago..

2. I play btw 30min and 6 hours, so 1h30 in average, I play currently around :

- 60% Texmaster

- 35% TAP

- 5% Lockjaw

3. The second game I played the most after Tetris, since 1998, is "Operational art of war". I am also doing Resident Evil II with a canadian roommate..

4. Tetris attack, puzzle fighter, and Dr Mario..

6. ### DIGITALUnregistered

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

Hmm, if you want to get technical about it, I started playing on the SNES with Tetris & Dr. Mario. I was around 6 or 7 when my aunt's boyfriend lent me his SNES and SFC copier. He had a whole case of copied games and one just happened to be Tetris & Dr. Mario. I discovered it after digging through the case and trying every game.

When I look back at it, I had such an ego back then. It makes me embarrassed to say that I thought dropping pieces to form garbage at the bottom enabled me to play better. I did know that tetrises were the winning formula in multiplayer though. Damn, the CPU was hard back then. I was scared of even moving up to the medium difficulty. And don't get me started with my aunt. She was my idol for a long time with her ability to build tetrises. When we would play, she would "spare" me by not tetrising when she was able to and would instead build higher. When she could no longer keep up the high stack, she would let the I drop menacingly on its own down the column. That sharp tetris sound scared the hell out of me.

At around the same time, I had one of those generic tetris compilation handhelds...the ones that included versions where you shoot tetrominoes and the like. I remember playing that a lot at my mom's workplace after school. My mother also showed a lot of interest in that game. Too bad I can't say the same for modern versions with all its complexity.

Then after some time, I think I lost interest in the game. I would play the SNES game now and then but never for prolonged periods. Years pass by...and then Tetris DS came out. Like Rosti, I don't know what possessed me to do it but I went out and bought the game. I'm really glad I did because I came to appreciate Tetris again. From watching videos, the gimmicks in TDS really enticed me but after buying the game, I barely even touched those modes after the first few times. Singleplayer standard eventually joined the group of abandoned modes. I do have to admit that I abused the hell out of infinity when I first started though. Anyhow, multiplayer was what really kept my interest as I explored its constantly evolving complexity. That eventually led me here to TC (caffeine's signature on GameFAQs linked here) where I read caffeine's blog that used to exist. However, I was too afraid to join and participate in discussions on the forum so I remained a guest for maybe a month or two.

And I can't forget kotetsu. He played a huge roll in showing me that high level Tetris play existed out there when he linked to the Death 800 video on GameFAQs. I think that's the point of epiphany for me. I started looking for a PC version with no success after which kotetsu would link Heboris UE (oh wow, that was so long ago). I think this was around two or three months after TDS came out.

So all in all, I'd truly say that it's only in the last two years that I've started "playing" Tetris.

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

I've migrated back and forth from many versions in the last two years.

Tetris DS, Heboris, Lockjaw, Cultris, Tetris Online (Japan), TGM, TAP, Texmaster...

Currently, the only one I'm focusing on is Texmaster, Sudden Ti in particular. When I get tired of that, I'll let you know.

When I first started out on TDS, I probably played 4-6 hours a day. Nowadays, I'll be lucky if I even have that much time, barring vacations. I think I've started moving towards a trend where I would only play for an hour or two and then have a long break for the day. Sometimes, the break even overlaps into the next day and I don't play at all. But when I do play, I feel an overwhelming sense of clarity that I would not have had I binged on Tetris every few hours.

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

I used to play a lot of MMORPGs but I cured myself of that addiction. It was seriously taking over my life. I think F-Zero GX is THE best racing game ever. I love fighting games but I can never bring myself to learn all the technical aspects required for competitive play. I used to play many rhythm games as well but rarely nowadays.

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

I don't know why but I've always had a thing for block dropping games that had versus play. Puyo and Puzzle Fighter are among my favorites. However, when it comes down to it, Tetris is still what I play the most.

7. ### Red_Star

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1. Well i played Tetris Plus a long time ago but i didn't get into Tetris until about last year. I started playing Cultris because my friends started playing it and since then i kept playing it. I would not say I'm a great player to any degree of the term but I consider myself a decent player. I was alright at Cultris I'm not good enough at any of the TGM stuff to consider myself all that good.

2. I play LockJaw 40 lines and Texmaster Sudden TI. I would say i get about a half hour to a hour a day. When i was playing Cultris i would play it sometimes for two hours a day.

3. I play Ragnark Online more than I play Tetris now. I like to play all type of Nintendo games and Guitar Hero every now and then. I really like to play Contra and Metal Slug but I'm not that great at it.

4 Bust-a-Move is a lot of fun in my opinion.

8. ### AmnesiaPiece of Cake

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oh I can't believe it..You too !?
Do you remember your best performances ?

Hmm..We should study this fact..F ZERO GX is not really known as a very good game in general, it is amazing that, you, me, c_t and kotetsu at least are fond of this game..

I think it is because of the speed..

9. ### jujubeUnregistered

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1. i first played "tetris" (a tetris clone) about 20 years ago because my family won a 3.5" floppy disk including about 12 games, and this game was on there. i tried all the games, cycling through them, and some of the games would get old so after a while i was only playing half the games, then 2 or 3 of them, then just tetris.

played it for a few years, took about 10 years off, and started playing again 2 years ago briefly on Tetris Worlds then to this day on TDS.

i sucked and i'm a little better now.

2. right now i'm playing TDS, Lockjaw, Heboris, Tetris Zone, and Texmaster.

i'm playing about 4 hours a day, in part because i can play off and on at work. i usually never play more than 30 minutes at a time.

3.

4. Lumines is probably the other puzzle game i've played most. just like in tetris, sometimes you can make up for bad decisions with speed.

10. ### DIGITALUnregistered

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None that I would be proud of. I should give it a try now but I'm too lazy to hook up the SNES.

Not just the speed, there's a whole arsenal of advanced techs that push the game to another level. And to wrap up the frantic and deep gameplay, the whole design of the game is phenomenal. From the crazy and inventive tracks and environments to the the music to the insane (to the uninitiated) difficulty curve...it seriously blows my mind. This game was built for high level play. I'm a little saddened there has been no news of a successor to this game but I guess it'd be really hard to top this game anyway.

11. ### Meroigo

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

I have of course had contact with Tetris all my life, but never really played it seriously. I never thought of it as a good game. It felt overhyped etc...

Then this easter, there was a gaming meet-up in Skvde here in Sweden. We were gaming score whoring on the Xbox 360 and a copy of Tetris Evolution was avalible. Me and my friends had heard it was an easy game to get the GS in, so we started playing it. But oh man, it was fun! It had fun achivements that we all tried to get. We got the most of them. I was probably the person there that liked the game the most. I was obsessed. I played it for many hours each day.

As soon as I got home I searched the Internet for a Tetris community and found this one. I wanted to buy Tetris DS after reading alot of stuff on the wiki, and so I did. I didn't join the forum directly, but when lee_n on IRC told me about Texmaster, I downloaded it, and just had to become a member here.

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

I played some Tetris DS, but not so very much of Texmaster. Then I realized that it sucked playing with my PS2 controller I had hooked up for the PC, so I started playing Texmaster with keyboard. In the end, I haven't played Tetris DS very much, and not Tetris Evolution since the gaming meet-up. Gonna try to take the last achivements soon, I'll probably take them somewhat easy now.

Another game that I've played much is Lockjaw (the 40 lines mode). I've downloaded Heboris U.E. Mini and played some netplay with my friends too. It seems TGM is my cup of tea. I've ordered a not-yet-released special version of the HRAP3 stick, with cool colors, that'll be released in July. So let's hope I won't be tired of Tetris when the stick arrives in probably late July...

I play maybe 1-2 hours a day. Some days I've not played because I didn't have time, and some days maybe just a couple of minutes for the same reason.

I generally don't consider myself a great player. But it depends on who I'm comparing to. I'm one of the biggest noobs on this forum, but is probably the best guy on Tetris in my class, and one of the better ones in the gaming association I'm in (maybe the best? don't know, but probably not, there are some natural born gamers in my friend circle). =P

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

Great games! Can't really name any. Tetris is the only game that I play so much that it can be mentioned on its own. And also, yes, F-Zero GX owns!! (I don't play it regularly, but people in the thread has mentioned it =P)

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

Nah, I'm not really into puzzle games in general, I'm truthful to my dear Tetris, haha.

12. ### PetitPrince

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

My first contact with Tetris was on a Macintosh (Spectrum Holobyte's version) at the age of 5 (maybe 6). I remember having played the a friend's Gameboy port of Tetris while I was spending an holiday in USA, and also having received a GB, but I don't remember having Tetris in my collection. Weird. Perhaps my parents bought a GB bundled with something else than Tetris ? I don't know.

Anyway, I then had nearly no contact with Tetris until I reached ~14 and began to crawl in the web, as the geeky child I was. (the acquisition of a broadband connection played a role, for sure ). Internet being an huge place full of useless stuff, I saw from time to time some interesting Tetris stuff (Zetrix, MSN6 Custom Game's Tetris, a Tribute to Tetris, tetriNet and of course, "Tetris Japan Finals" video), but didn't gave them much attention.

I bought TDS on May on a compulsive purchase and immediatly liked it, particularly the multiplayer mode. One month after, I discovered caffeine's T-Spin Triples video, and with that TC. I learned about TGM and tried it a bit. As the time went on, I progressively played less and less TDS and more and more TGM.

Am I a great player ? Well, having personally met such great player like colour_thief, Jagorochi and Amnesia, I can't hardly call myself as "great". A little grasshopper on it's way to mastery perhaps . But I do try to introduce TGM to many person as possible.

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

TAP, Texmaster, Heboris Mini Multi, some TDS from time to time. I usually play on week-end with 1-2 hours long session. Otherwise, on weekdays, it's more in the range of 15-30 minutes.

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

I'm pretty into Enemy Territory Quake Wars. Well I'm not a competitive clan player or anything, but I really like its game mechanics and dynamics. The fact that you don't need to be a crackshot to win certainly helps .

I used to player Neverwinter Nights a *lot* (yay for near-infinite custom created content !), but it has been a while since I last launched it.

I got a DS and sometime play with some of the latest game that interest me (Nervous Brickdown <3, Castlevania <3), but none has hooked me more than Tetris.

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

Hmm... The Incredible Machines, Portal and Shift.

13. ### rednefed

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1. I first started playing in 1990-something with Tengen Tetris on my Famicom. We had quite a few carts, most unlicensed to be honest, of random game compilations. Tengen Tetris was pretty good, but I was more interested in Mario, Life Force, and Contra.

2. Heboris UE, Texmaster, TGM1, TAP. 1-2 hours on average per day, sometimes up to 3 hours (yesterday, was having fun against the computer in vs. Heboris) and sometimes zero.

Used to play gameboy tetris, and some SRS games I don't remember.

3. Guild Wars

4. I loved Tetris 2/Tetris Flash, and still play it on occassion, but these days SRS and its precursors just don't click for me. Also, Columns/Jewelry for the NES is pretty awesome. While pretty much an endless score attack, it's really fun to get long combos.

14. ### fnordUnregistered

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Tetris DS, 2005 or 2006. Because I needed a new DS game...
Good, but not great.
Lockjaw and Heboris. If I'm at school or something, gdward's tetris. Maybe an average of 2-3 hours.
Cave Story, and mods of the same. A lot of other platformers take up some of my time, as do some other games, but none seem to have the same charm or staying power. Brawl entertained me for a month, GH3 for less than a week. Other than that... I don't play many games.
If Wario Ware is a puzzle game, then that. I really don't like any other 'block' puzzle game. Dr. Mario is... okay.

15. ### kiwibongaUnregistered

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Ooh, ooh! A questionnaire which takes interest in my personal views!

1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

I played gameboy tetris at my cousin's when I was about 8... We would have "tournaments" with my uncle and aunt where we tried to get the highest scores... They were at the top with 80,000 points... I eventually beat them with 120k I think... Then later I got my own gameboy with tetris (age 12)... Then I got tetris DX on the gameboy color, which I managed to "play forever" ; basically stayed at level 30 until the batteries ran out, at a few million points... Then I played Tetrisphere on the N64... Then I just stopped playing Tetris altogether... It's only when Tetris DS came out that I started again, I guess that was in 2005...

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

Right now I play Tetris DS... I play on the bus to work and from work every day, for about 45 minutes... I try to beat marathon (200 lines) on the subway... The ride is about 8 minutes... Best I've done so far is around 180 lines... Otherwise, I play Catch, Push, and VS mode with CPU 5...

Sometimes, I play VS mode online before going to bed.

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

Call of Duty 4 and GTA4 on the Xbox 360 at the moment

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

Nah. They all suck.

16. ### Rich Nagel

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

My first experience with Tetris was back in 1992 with Spectrum Holobyte's "Tetris Classic" for DOS ( http://www.tetrisconcept.com/wiki/index ... is_Classic )... 'twas never into the GameBoy (or other handheld/console) thing.

I used to think I was a pretty good player, I could definately impress all of my non-Tetris playing buddies throughout the decades. But... I had a wakeup call when first joining this forum. Out of 1 to 10, I'd have to say "minus 5" compared to most of the players here <LOL>! 'Course us old farts don't have the "twiddle fingers" of all of these confounded youngsters <G>.

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

Texmaster, a little LockJaw, Tetris Classic, Micro$oft Tetris, HP's Tetris, GameBoy Tetris DX, original Spectrum Holobyte Tetris, "original" original Tetris, and Tetris Worlds. Prolly play Texmaster about 30 minutes to an hour a day (less than the course of the previous year of almost all free time playing LockJaw). 3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy? I enjoy/have enjoyed so many games throughout the years (as well as currently) that there are WAY too many to list in a single message post <G>. Favorites include: DOOM ( http://www.teamtnt.com/ixet.htm / http://www.teamtnt.com ), Airline Simulator 2, Air Traffic Controller, Micro$oft Flight Simulator versions 2 through 2K Pro (over 2000 hours logged througout the years), Quake, One Must Fall 2097, SimCity (original, 2K, and 3K Unlimited), SimCopter, Duke Nukem 3D, GTA1, Bejeweled 2, GeneRally, NASCAR (1, 2, 3, CTS, and Legends), Battleship, Starcraft, Warcraft 2, Tropico, and various PC pinball games. Note that this doesn't even make a dent in my list of favs <G>.

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

I love playing Bejeweled 2, as well as the old DOS gem by Webfoot Games "Chain Reaction". The ancient Epic Megagames' "Brix II Deluxe" is also a lot of fun (quite puzzle oriented).

17. ### jujubeUnregistered

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that's about to change. i'm one of the older farts around here, but recently i started playing my DS spectre-style. i'm not faster than the auto-shift in TDS (yet) but i can play just as fast it seems because i'm bypassing the delay before auto-shift. if anyone wants to try it, i'm telling you, it doesn't take long to build up your speed to what you were accustomed to before. my theory on this is that your brain is used to playing at a certain speed and won't allow your fingers to hold it back.

18. ### Altimora.k.a. Ghett0

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

1. I stumbled upon in while looking through a least of um, Read Only Memoy files in FCE Ultra. And I liked it. And I don't really consider myself great, just good.

2.I play Heboris usually, and it really varies how much I play.

3. I don't play any other games.

19. ### Pineapple

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Almost sounds similar to the reason why Sonic speedrunners often use "the claw", although they usually only do it with one hand...

20. ### LOst

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1. How and why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing Tetris and if you consider yourself a great player?

First time I played was 1993 on the original GB. Really boring. I couldn't figure out how to play it endlessly and still enjoy it.

I started playing TGM around 2000-2001. I don't remember how long but for a week or so from times to times. It was the TAP master mode videos that made me fall in love with TGM at first. But it was TGM's design that really kept me going. I goot hooked up 2003 yet again when remembering the TAP videos, and this time I began playing the videos in slowmotion just to figure out how to place pieces better. This made me advance to S1 in TGM, but a friend of mine could reach S2, or at least he said so - Never really had any luck. So then I hacked the game and finished it with 0G S9. Nice fireworks. Took 20 minutes to reach it. Then I understood it was only Japanese god players who could play there so i gave up.

Then 2005 I started again, but this time I was really angry at how impossible the game was. I knew something was fishy, the Japanese videos were just too hard to follow and I went out on the Zinc forum, posting a video of me playing 20G mode reaching grade 5 just by super luck (no skill whatsoever). My mission was to prove I was right. The game was impossible, noone can prove otherwise.

I got a replay from colour thief and he really beat the crap out of me (without leaving any proof). I deserved it of course. Then a few days came and went and I got a mail from a guy name jagorichi inviting me to a chat channel where I met jago, colour thief, sh8, znakeeye, and needle. It was really great! They all knew so much and ct teached me how to train to become a Gm, especially the 20G part. However competition showed up at the beginning of 2006, a guy names mat showed up from nowhere at the chat, getting new Gm records all the time. I was no longer the new guy whom everyone wanted to help to make a Gm player. I was able to reach my first Gm in the summer of 2006, both normal and 20G. Of course everyone had moved over to TAP by then.

I left the TGM scene for almost a year working with one of my friends on a game and mainly editors for that game, and around this time I also discovered a slow growing TC forum, with tepples and colour thief being the ones keeping the discussions alive. But when I decided to go to the chat again almost 9 month later, a new guy was there named lee_n and he was/is the coolest guy in the whole world since we had a common past and he is from the same country as me. Ti was the main thing, and it was just becoming bigger and bigger. A few more weeks and TC was expanded by new players from over the world, and so was the chat too.

Blah blah, by now you have all fallen asleep.

2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play daily on average?

Currently I play 0 hours Tetris. It really shows I am not addicted to the game. Only interested in how TGM works as a system.

3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ) keep you busy?

No games really. I am a game developer and work with a lot of games for researching purposes. I don't play games for fun except TGM and maybe a little Flatout 2 over the net.

4. Any other block/puzzle game you recommend I should look into? Tetris variants are also welcome.

I played some Columns for Sega Genesis/Sega CD for a time. It was fun because it didn't require too much brain power. Also Pyo Pop Fever is "ok".

Nothing beats TGM/TAP/Ti though.