Cậu bé 13 tuổi được cho là người đầu tiên 'đánh bại' Tetris

Willis Gibson, một thần đồng chơi Tetris đến từ Oklahoma, tiến bộ rất nhiều trong phiên bản gốc của trò chơi Nintendo đến nỗi nó bị "cứng đơ"

Willis had just become the first person to advance so far in the original Nintendo version of the puzzle game Tetris that the game froze, achieving a feat previously (đạt được thành tích trước đó) credited only to artificial intelligence.

Invented by the software engineer Alexey Pajitnov and released on the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, Tetris features relentless (không ngừng nghỉ) arrays of shapes floating down a player’s screen. The object of the game is to keep the blocks from piling up (chất đống). Players can rotate the blocks and position them to form solid lines, at which point those rows are cleared away (xóa đi). It is among the most enduring (bền bỉ) and celebrated video games ever.

Theoretically, the game can go on forever if a player is good enough. For years, though, the limit was thought to be Level 29, when the blocks start falling so quickly that it seems as if it would be impossible for a human to keep up. But in the last decade, a new generation of Tetris players has tested those boundaries.

In the competitive Tetris world, the object is generally to outscore your opponents rather than to outlast them. “Trying for the crash” is a different approach entirely. It’s an act of survival (hành động sinh tồn).

Willis has already won several regional tournaments (một số giải đấu khu vực), and his goal is to win the Classic Tetris World Championship, in which he placed third overall in October. Willis’s next tournament is at the end of the month in Waco, Texas. So far, he has made about $3,000 from playing in Tetris tournaments.

His achievement will unlock new frontiers (biên giới) for Tetris players to explore. For example, Willis triggered the freeze by clearing a single row of blocks. A double-row clear may not have frozen the game, Mr. Macdonald said. The game was never meant to go that long, he said, and no one had ever reached a trigger point like that.

source: nytimes,

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