The Introduction Thread

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

  1. Hello everyone!
    I'm Tigeneer (TIG/CIN/NEE), from Texas, USA!

    1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^
    Well, I've played Tetris since I could ever remember, but I haven't really got into it until just 4 months ago (>July 2018<). After playing a few games of Puyo Puyo tetris, eventually completing marathon mode for the first time, I started to want a bigger challenge, so I kept improving myself more and more until I could beat marathon consistently. At that point, I still felt like I could take this even further, so I did some research about different ways I could improve my Tetris skill, and I come across videos of the TGM series. Inspired by the delicious speeds and difficulty of all three games, I learn shortly after that one of my local arcades actually has TGM3, so that's where I started practicing that game! Since the four months I've been practicing, I've been able to reach the grade m4, with an instant "Pass" completed exam of S9 for World Rule, and plan to challenge the other m9 player who frequents the same cabinet. I also currently hold the fastest record for that cabinet on the Shirase side at 3:43:05, where I plan to soon break the torikan! (My initials as of today for that cabinet in Arcade UFO are TIG, CIN, and NEE)

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    Currently, I switch between Tetris Effect, Puyo Puyo Tetris, NES Tetris, Gameboy Tetris, Nullpomino, and Tetris Friends, including TGM3 from the arcade. I mostly stick to TGM3 though as I plan to become a Grand Master one day ;) .. I currently play almost whenever I have the time or down time. Basically, I wake up, play Tetris, eat food, play Tetris before I leave to work, think about Tetris as I work, visit the arcade after work to play Tetris, come home and practice on another version of Tetris, sleep and dream about Tetris. LOL.


    3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ^^) keep you busy?
    I also like to play a variety of other games from classic to modern, such as playing Sinistar at another arcade and playing Overwatch at home. I mostly play everything, and love to see new video games that release as time goes on.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    It's rare, but sometimes I touch a little on Puyo Puyo just to get some variety of puzzle games in my brain.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    Sometimes this forum pops up whenever I'm doing some research about tetris mechanics and records. I was also forwarded from tetrisdonequick(dot)com, which was a nice surprise :)
     
  2. Hello and welcome to the forum! It seems you found out about it the same way I did :V

    Good luck on the road to GM by the way! It's a path that will certainly have it's ups and downs yet it's also a path few people have reached the summit on. So attaining such would be quite the achievement. :)
    Also, next time you head down to UFO, feel free to take some pics of your PBs and post them to our various leaderboards!
     
  3. DLo

    DLo

    Hi everyone!
    My name is David, but people call me Dave, or better yet - my nickname, DLo!

    1. I started playing Tetris the year it came out for NES way back in 1989! I consider myself a fairly good player. I was a finalist in not only the 1990, but also the 1994 Nintendo World Championships, currently only 1 of 2 players (Mike Iarossi the other) to ever make finals in both competitions. I continued playing Tetris and other games from then until about 1999, at which time I had to deal with some family issues, and then life took it's course and I completely stopped playing... But now I'm BACK and more thrilled than ever!

    2. Since getting back into the video game scene, I currently only play the NES classic version. I am currently playing 1-3 hours/day, and one time pulled a 12-hour straight session, which fried my brain! My all-time PB is 825,000 when I was young, however, since picking up the game again this past year (mid-summer) my current PB on record is 613,400 a/o 11/26/18 (156 lines into level 21).

    3. For now, since Tetris was always my favorite, it's all I mainly play, aside from a little Tetris EA on mobile.
    4. I love any games that challenge the mind, "Unblock Me" & "Dr. Mario" to name a few!

    5. I found out about Tetrisconcept via a Tetris & Facebook friend, Vince Clemente and a link posted on one of his threads by Alex Kerr.

    My current Tetris goals are to get to the level I was at when I was young and max out, and to make at least a final 16 appearance in the CTWC!
     
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  4. @David Lopez Hey there! Welcome on in! Your presence enriches us all!
     
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  5. DLo

    DLo

    Glad to be here, thanks!
     
  6. 1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^
    I obviously knew about Tetris since a young teenager, but it was meeting User77376 (or whichever numbers he's using these days) in IRC that introduced me to TGM in November 2016. I started with Nullpomino, then switched to Texmaster & Shiromino, and didn't ever successfully try the MAME road and because i LOVE my keyboard (colemak and tiling wm user) i prefer playing on my PC to a cabinet. I'm not really a hardcore player, i just play for fun. Recently found out about the marvelous game LJ65, which is a perfect match for me because i love floorkicks and having only one preview and no hold. I don't consider myself a great player at all, maybe because my girlfriend who loves to play texmaster TA death is way better than me. We sometimes play 2-player-1-controller-Tetris, which is a great way to see how much one can blame the other :)

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    Mostly LJ65 and some Texmaster every now and then. These days i'm playing daily but it'll probably happen again that i lay Tetris aside for some months until the motivation comes back.

    3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ^^) keep you busy?
    Apart from Tetris i play Roguelikes and some Quakestuff (that's how i met User23991: playing warsow).
    Favourite Roguelikes are Powder (haven't won it) and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (which i won many times by now).

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    I love Simon Tatham's puzzle-pack and play it quite frequently: https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles/
    it's wonderful really!!

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    People on IRC
     
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  7. 1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^

    I've been playing Tetris ever since I was a little kid, but I got really into it after watching the 2015 agdq tetris block. The speed and accuracy amazed me and drove me to get better and attempt to rise above casual play. I'd consider myself to be better that most casual players, however within the actual community I feel like a complete beginner.

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

    I play TAP, TI, Puyo Puyo Tetris, NullpoMino. I'd say I play a good 2 hours a day at least.

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

    I play a bunch of different games ranging from the Dragonquest series, to games like Metal Gear Solid 5. Right now though I've been playing Don't Starve a bunch on the Switch.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    Puyo Puyo, Tumblestone, those are the only puzzle games off the top of my head.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?

    I Found this site years ago but forgot about it until recently. Now that I've made an account I can't wait to engage with a community of people who all love tetris as much as me!
     
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  8. 1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player?

    I started playing Tetris at university as a stress relief before exams and gradually became addicted. I'm not a complete beginner but not a great player either.

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

    TGM, TAP, Puyo Puyo Tetris at least 1 hour a day.

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

    DDR/Pump It Up/StepMania, pretty much everything Super Mario and Pokémon related, recently I fell in love with Beat Saber.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    Rubik's cube and similar puzzles.
     
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  9. Hi, guys,

    I'm Jimmy from Hanover, Germany. 25 years old. And I'd like to introduce myself. I hope my English is acceptable.


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

    At the age of 5-6 years I started playing Tetris on the Gameboy. At some point I lost interest in it. Meanwhile I have, since approx. 4 months, started to play Tetris again. It all started with "random suggestions" of various CTWC 2018 videos through the YouTube algorithm. Since then I play several hours of Tetris every week. My old Gameboy Color still does it for the road, but mostly I play on an emulator. My PAL-Tetris highscore is 401400, so it should be enough for the scoreboard in this forum. Generally I think my game skill is „absolute beginner“.


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

    Actually I only play GB Tetris and NES Tetris (emulator). Soon there will be a PAL NES, a Capture Box/Card and a CRT. So that I can make it into the PAL scoreboard soon with a proof video and hopefully a higher score.


    3. What other games besides Tetris keep you busy?

    Sometimes I play some COOP-Games with my best friend/roommate on various emulators. Apart from that I like to play real life board games of all kinds. But when it comes to games, my heart beats for Doppelkopf, a typical German card game. My translator simply translates it as "double head".


    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    Mainly jigsaw puzzles and exit games from „Kosmos“ publisher.

    Greetings form Germany,
    Jimmy
     
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  10. Heyyyy what's goin' on, name's Asriel.

    1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player?
    I first played Tetris on a version developed for a satellite box casual game service in 2006 at the age of eight. I found it to be very good for my ADHD, and got into daily play when I was in the ninth grade on school computers, mostly to kill time. I don't think I'm amazing, but to give myself credit where it's due, I do have a Level 500 Game Clear on TGM1.

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    I'm a noted fan of the Tetris: The Grandmaster games and the NullpoMino client, and I also play PPT in spats. Anywhere from 2 to 3 hours a day depending on if I'm grinding out a goal or if my ADHD is acting up.

    3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ^^) keep you busy?
    I play a lot of FPSes, survival games, and rhythm games. I'm the team lead on the Mania Hero project for the game Clone Hero, but intend on moving away from that scene as it's pretty hard to deal with right now. Been playing a lot of Apex Legends and Minecraft recently ^^

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    If it counts, I really enjoyed 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors while I played it, and intend to go back and finish the rest of its endings.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    That one time TTC ripped off y'all's logo a couple years ago. Can't find it now, but it put the URL in my head.
     
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  11. Hey, the name's Elliott. I'm just a guy exploring the wild world of the internet.

    1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player?
    Back in around 2012, I was watching those videos of SirJeivus's incredible (at the time) TF replays. That spiraled from there into basically my obsession with the game. As for how good I am, I wouldn't consider myself one of the best but I'm pretty good at it.

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    Mainly Nullpo, Jstris and PPT, though I've dabbled with C2 for a while.

    3. What other games besides Tetris (if any) keep you busy?
    I'm pretty active on Tower Unite, for those who play that. I also play a lot of hardcore games and I'm kinda good at them.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    Hey guys have yhou heard of a littlke game called bejeweled???

    I've also dabbled in the Puzzle League games.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    I've been on the Tetris Chatroom discord (which has links to Tetrisconcept) for a while now, but it's only now that I've decided to join, mainly to post my Carnival of Death scores.
     
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  12. My name is Krzysztof, nicknamed Phor or Chris Zasada on the CTM Discord. 27 years old, born in Olsztyn, living currently in Poznań as "unemployed/freelancer". I am working at (soon-to-be-announced) Classic Tetris Poland Championship tournament and at gathering all the competitive NES tetris matches into one place.. Technically for ELO purposes, but knowing the "data-addict" side of me, it may went in many different ways.

    1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^
    I was a kid, I've had a typical made-in-china 9999-in-1 handheld, where Tetris was included. But if I would count my true interest in playing Tetris, I should say that I started about January 2019.

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    NES, NTSC/PAL, depending on the occasion. Most typically, I play NTSC using Nestopia in home, I play PAL on conventions whenever possible. Daily I try to play at least one hour.
    For now, I am not playing other Tetrises, despite having accounts here and there. I can't get used to the Holding option and T-Spins somehow.

    3. What other games besides Tetris (if any ^^) keep you busy?
    UltraStar - competitive karaoke game. But in case of that game I am a hardcore player and organisator - I am travelling my country from convention to convention with my karaoke stand and also organize a UltraStar ELO ranking, in which I am currently 3rd. But the biggest convention in Poland is next week, so there is an opportunity to reach the first place. :)

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    Hmmm... I can't answer really well that. There are some games I enjoy, that encourages thinking, like RimWorld, Civilisation, Transport Tycoon Deluxe or Dwarf Fortress... I don't think they are puzzle games though. D:

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    As simple, as weird. I started to wonder, how many people reached the NES NTSC maxout and went here for data researching purposes. :)


    Nice to meet you!
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  13. I made an account a few months ago but never really did anything with it except post one high score, but I think I'm actually coming to these forums more.

    I am Dan, QZ are my last initials. I'm 17 and live in New Jersey. Even though I use TSpinQZ as my username, I don't actually play modern Tetris (which is more associated with t-spins). I enjoy the of classic kind, where spinning has no incentive, no reward, but is simply another tool in your arsenal to stay alive, and I absolutely love the feeling of spinning a piece at lvl19 speeds. I'm going to compete in the upcoming Pittsburg East Coast Qualifiers for the CTWC and if I win (unlikely), I hope to compete in the CTWC. My dream is to become the champion one day.

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


    When the 2016 CTWC finals video went viral, I watched it, was intrigued, but didn't really get into Tetris until later, but I remembered I loved watching that video. I started playing Tetris out of boredom on my phone in late 2017. I discovered I loved it, and then later I got into NES Tetris where I became addicted.

    I hypertap, and my current PB is 821k lvl 19 start, so I think I could put up a pretty good fight in a tournament but not be hailed as great just yet.

    2. What Tetris games do you play and how much do you play?
    NES Tetris exclusively, a few times a week. I have tried other versions but I don't consistently play them.

    3. What other games besides Tetris keep you busy?
    Overwatch is basically it. I don't have much very much time to play video games besides Tetris except on weekends. Plat Doomfist main lol.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?
    My Minesweeper hard mode PB is 142 seconds.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?
    I found you guys through the CTWC website high score list and I wanted to submit my own.
     
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  14. Hi y'alls, a long time lurker but now finally posting :)

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

    Dunno, about 25 years ago on my gameboy, but I've been very very on/off. I've had different period of play. I played a lot of Tetris friends rougly 7-8 years ago. At that time I started to be obssesed with TGM but my reflexes were simply not there so... I dropped at some point. I just got back into tetris rougly 1-2 month ago. I played a lot of Tetris 99, the Tetris on PSP to try to grind down my 40 line ( I got in the realm of 1:50 ). And then for some reason I tried back TGM1 ... And got hooked again... hard!!! :)

    Do I consider myself a good player, not at all. Here is my best attempt ( old ) from a couple of days ago.


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

    At the moment, I play mostly NDS_TGM on my DS due to the ease of playing everywhere! I do play a bit of Nullpo, Heboris & TGM1 on mame.

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

    I throw spin tops...



    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    I tried to get into puyo puyo and I can't really get into it. Might stick with Tetris Guideline & TGM

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?

    Google, I was searching where I could discuss about TGM and have some advices and here seem to be the place with the most active TGM player.

    Cheers y'alls,
    paxl
     
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  15. 1. I think I started after watching the 2018 CTWC, so I've been playing for 7.5 months now. I consider myself a good player, but certainly not top level. My current PB in NES NTSC is 996,540.

    2. I play NES Tetris. I also play online on JStris sometimes. I participate in Classic Tetris Monthly.

    3. I speedrun Super Mario 63 (it's a fangame based on Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy).

    This video is my former PB (current PB is about 2 seconds faster)

    4. I'm a cuber, meaning I solve the Rubik's cube and similar puzzles.

    5. I don't remember lol
     
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  16. 1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^

    I've played Tetris casually since I can remember; the classic arcade version was my introduction to the series (polka music is fun :p). I played several other variants along the years (several MS-DOS versions, NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Arcade, those 90s cheap chinese handheld games with 738472342 games). I was never really very good at it, but enjoyed stacking blocks.

    For my "real" start though...a couple of years back (mid 2016?), I randomly stumbled upon AGDQ 2015. The TGM crew (KevinDDR, QLex, Kitaru, etc) blew my mind (and I probably wasn't alone in that :p). I spent half a year watching the old GDQ streams, and started following the event themselves.I then saw KAN doing what KAN does, and well...

    By the end of 2016, I thought to myself "I should try this out at some point". And so I did; I downloaded the games for MAME (no jail pls) and started playing TAP (rather than TGM1, as any sensible person would). I started with Normal Mode, and I was barely able to get to 200. I remember thinking to myself "I'll never be that good, this is not possible". I remember just laughing out loud at myself after starting TA Death and not being able to stack more than a couple of blocks sensibly, after a couple of months of playing Normal and Master.

    As the weeks and months went by, I consoled myself by thinking "Well, those guys can do it. It is the stick? Is it the PCB? Is it the GIT GUD?".

    It was the latter apparently.

    Since then up to today, I've completed:

    TGM1 GM (to note, I did this after playing TAP for months, just thought I'd try my luck. Sure enough, after a day or two, I was there :p).
    TAP Master Mode + Fading Roll (S8, around 10:30)
    TAP TA Death 500 (Torikan)
    TGM3 Master Mode 7XX (S6; I haven't grinded this as much as Death/Shirase yet)
    TGM3 Shiraze 473 (which I did today, but I already had a 472 :p).

    I should note that due to muscle memory stuff, I don't use hold on TGM3. My brain just cannot wrap itself around the mechanics for it. I do use the previews though.

    So, I'm still not THAT good, but hey. I can at least now get TAP Normal to 300 :p.

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

    As noted above, I fell in love with Arika's TGM series, and play exclusively TGM1, TAP and TGM3. I started playing TGM1 and TAP on MAME. I eventually migrated to Texmaster; I wanted to test TGM3, but didn't have any good way of doing so (since MAME does not support TGM3 due to the architecture), so I gave it a try and have been there ever since. As KevinDDR noted during GDQ, Arika's approach is the real deal as far as difficulty goes, and that stuck to me every since.

    I do play on keyboard (at least for the time being; I have some Sanwa parts arriving when I get back from vacations to build a custom arcade joystick :D).

    I've been playing daily in average since the start of 2017 (sometime between January and March, aprox). I might have spent a couple of straight weekends playing from wakeup to sleep (or until my wrist/fingers started to hurt, and then some), but nowadays I try to play just a few games per day at least.

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

    I don't really have much time to play games nowadays (work, being an adult, etc); the reason Tetris has fit into my routine so well is precisely due to that: I've heard it's possible (hahaha) to play a quick Tetris game and leave it at that. Sometimes I don't really have/want to be playing something for hours, so the TGM variants are perfect to disconnect after a long stressful day, or just to pass 10-15 minutes at work or while waiting for stuff. But you can definitely play as much as you like :p.

    I also play Magic: The Gathering, if that counts?

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    Not really.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?

    The TGM crew at AGDQ plugged this site in (as well as the Wiki).
     
  17. 1. Why did you start playing Tetris? Can you also please specify how long you have been playing and if you consider yourself a great player? ^^

    I started playing Tetris since roughly 2010/2011, when Tetris was playable on Facebook. When I started, I was absolutely clueless. Couldn't even make a full Tetris. Gradually, the more I played, the more I started to adapt, and build my way up on the rankings on my friends list. I remember my sister being on top of the leaderboard. I also remember being ecstatic the moment I beat her score weeks later. Not long after, I'd beat whole marathons, I'd get better, my playstyle would be more efficient and I'd be faster at placing pieces.

    I consider myself a decent player, although my friends would think I say that in modesty. I've submitted (to this current date) 4 Tetris world records on Twin Galaxies. They are as follows:

    First one being Tetris & Dr. Mario (PAL version), highest score.
    2nd - Disney's Magical Tetris Challenge (PAL) on N64, Hard mode.
    3rd - Tetris on Android - Marathon
    And finally, Tetris Ultimate (3DS) Master Mode.

    Those are probably my biggest triumphs so far, but nothing compared to Grand Masters rankings.

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

    My choice of Tetris games changes from time to time. I've rather enjoyed playing Tetris Effect on PSVR. I'll always give Master Mode a few tries.
    I don't play Puyo Puyo Tetris as much anymore after scaring my friends off from every playing against me again. They have a lot of trouble beating me in 3-v-1's.
    I really want to try the TGM games, but I have no proper access to them so I can play them regularly, without emulation as well.
    I'm in and out of the NES Tetris as well.

    Usually anything with a Master Mode, I'll end up playing.

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

    I'm a huge fan of rhythm games, particularly DDR and, my current favourite, Beat Saber. Learning a song on Expert+ can be rather satisfying!
    Mostly I'll play various games on the Nintendo Switch as well, such as Pokémon and occasionally Smash.
    You'll also find me in my local arcade playing Space Invaders Frenzy. Surprisingly not banned yet after learning to get jackpots almost every time and winning Switches on the cheap to sell to my mates.

    4. Any other block/puzzle games you enjoy?

    None in particular that stand out for me...Picross makes a nice passtime on rare occasions. You'll sometimes see me playing some Puyo Puyo as well.

    5. How did you find out about tetrisconcept?


    Just now, after reading an article interviewing KevinDDR about how he became a Tetris Grand Master. One of his recommendations was to visit this site. I thought this would be a great opportunity to see fellow players and see if I can seize any opportunities such as events that come up, especially any here in the UK!

    That's just about everything I can think of. Looking forward to meeting all of you!
     
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  18. Great to see another UK player! Whereabouts are you based? If you're close, @Archina and I may be able to hook you up :)
     

  19. I'm in the North East. I'd still be willing to travel just for some practice!
     
  20. If you're able to come down to Derbyshire on a weekend or Wednesday over the next couple months give us a call and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out
     

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