1. Gaming

    Officially Licensed Tetris Costumes Now Exist, Great For Making Human Barriers

    It's hard to believe that there hadn't been licensed Tetris costumes on the market before -- after all, it's such a simple concept. Now a company in the UK has finally secured the rights to these iconic blocks, so of course the very first thing they did was send a bunch of people out to a fancy pub and get in everyone's way.

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  2. Gaming

    New Tetris Mobile Game Takes a Page From Pokemon, Looks Awesome

    It almost goes without saying now that the two most addictive things to come out of portable gaming are the brick-racking frenzy of Tetris, and the monster-collecting of Pokemon. So it seems odd that it's taken this long for a developer to mash these ideas up, but that's just what EA's done with recently announced game Tetris Monsters.

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  3. Gaming

    Awesome Algorithm Teaches Tetris To Draw Video Game Characters [Video]

    From programmer Michael Birken comes a new way of drawing video game characters that is probably more complicated than it needs to be, but all the more incredible for it. Birken has designed an algorithm that can place single blocks of color in Tetris by strategically building and destroying lines at lightning speed. Precisely place enough blocks, and you've got a made to order line. Stack enough lines and the result is a pixellated picture of...well, anything you want, in principle, though Birken started off training the program to build images of classic 8-bit characters like Mario, Link, and Samus. As you might expect, the process that makes it happen is bafflingly complex, but the results -- as seen in this video --  are stunning.

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  4. Science

    Need to Cure a Lazy Eye? Try Playing Tetris

    After a long day at work, there's not much more therapeutic than a round of blasting terrorists or aliens or zombies whatever your bad guy of choice. But if you're looking for a video game to cure something a little more substantial than the frustrations of your cubicle, you might think you're out of luck. Not if you suffer from a lazy eye, though! It turns out that can be treated with Tetris.

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  5. Gaming

    Tetris Comes to Pebble Smartwatch, Causes Us to Want Pebble Smartwatches

    I've been skeptical of the Pebble smartwatch. As far as watches go, yes, it looks like a very useful watch, but I stopped wearing a watch when I started carrying my phone with me everywhere. That said, nobody told me we'd be able to play Tetris on these things. Now I kind of want one.

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  6. Weird

    How Many Tetris Pieces Would It Take to Build Your Dream House?

    Tetris is hypnotic. There are few things more satisfying to the human brain than stacking up falling bricks into neat little piles. It scratches just the right itch. If building real-world objects out of Tetris blocks were an option, then that's what my house would be made of. That does raise the question of how many Tetris bricks it would take to build a house? Don't worry. Movoto's got you covered with a new calculator to figure it out.

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  7. Tech

    British Scientists Restore World’s Oldest Working Computer

    This should give typewriter-toting hipsters something to envy. Scientists in England have restored a computer built in 1951 to working order. The Harwell Dekatron, or Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation (WITCH) is now the oldest original working digital computer. That's all really impressive, but does it run Tetris?

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  8. Tech

    Graphing Calculator Gets First Update In A Billion Years, Still Costs Almost As Much As A Chromebook

    Groundbreaking news in the world of graphing calculatorsTech Powered Math is reporting that the rumors of a Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator with a color screen are true! Can you believe it? A handheld device that does math and has a color screen! We truly live in the future! Who would have imagined such a thing was even possible. Oh, excuse me, I have a call coming in on my mobile telephone that has a color screen, and does math, and is with me everywhere I go. OK. Back. Where was I? Oh yeah. Calculators!

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  9. Gaming

    Tetris, The Invasion Begins [VIDEO]

    In a world where big huge alien blocks haven't fallen from the sky and decimated mankind, big huge alien blocks fall from the sky and decimate mankind. This parody trailer for a gritty, disaster Tetris movie depicts the devastation of tetromino invaders. This is an extinction level event.

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  10. Gaming

    This Version of Tetris is the Trolliest [Video]

    These tired and weary Internet eyes have seen some fun versions of Tetris in their day, from xkcd's Tetris Hell, to Tetris being played on the side of a building. This time, from an old Japanese sketch comedy show, we see a probably not actually playable, but still pretty hilarious version of the famous puzzler. The sketch covers a wide range of Tetris-based comedy, from each individual piece clearing whenever it drops, to the game dropping down a bunch of regular tetrominos, but then following them up with a piece from Puyo Pop. Possibly even funnier: The actor's narration.

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  11. Entertainment

    MIT Students Play Tetris on a Building

    Over the weekend, a group of MIT students performed a feat that isn't exactly unique, but generally impressive when coherently completed: They turned the outside of a building into a large game of Tetris. The students performed the feat on MIT's Green Building, which is home to the MIT Earth and Planetary Sciences department. Players could move, rotate, and drop blocks, but there was a twist as the player progressed through the levels.

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  12. Gaming

    Stackable Tetris Desk Lamp

    This officially licensed desk lamp is not only Tetris themed, but each tetromino lights up when stacked on top of one that is already lit. That also means you can be a lunatic person and rearrange the pattern every single day you sit down at your desk, being the centerpiece of your boring office's only fun. The desk lamp is slated to release toward the end of this year in September 2012 for $50, so you'll have to wait around until then to intricately stack terominos on your desk, but have them light up instead of clear.

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  13. Gaming

    Guy Creates Luigi Within a Game of Tetris [Video]

    YouTube user Shuey187 is too good at Tetris. It's not enough to beat the games and record better high scores, but Shuey187 makes pretty pictures with the tetrominoes, not by hacking them together in some editor, but by actually playing Tetris and aligning and clearing the pieces accordingly until they form the desired outcome. Shuey187's channel showcases various pictures and patterns, from hearts to a space invader to a double helix, but Shuey187's newest creation, the green-clad Mario brother Luigi, is a pretty impressive sight, as it comes fairly close to the top of the container, and Shuey187 had to continually deal with blocks that were otherwise inappropriate for the build.

    (via Joystiq)

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  14. Gaming

    Clever Alarm Clock Forces You to Play Tetris to Prove You are Awake

    Battling the issue of pushover alarm clocks that simply give up attempting to wake their owners whenever said owners smash the snooze button, Instructables member nolte919 created an alarm clock that is not only persistant in attempting to get one out of bed, but does not allow an infinite cycle of hitting snooze and falling back asleep for a few minutes, and requires the snoozer to pass a test of Tetris before it shuts off.

    The clock's alarm has a user-defined snooze limit that, once reached, will not turn off until the snoozer clears four lines in a round of Tetris. The snoozer can silence the alarm for thirty seconds while playing Tetris, but if the game doesn't detect input for thirty seconds -- a period of time that isn't long enough for a successful snooze -- the alarm will sound and the process will start over. The alarm is clever in that it is persistent and also requires a snoozer to prove they are coherent before shutting off, something a snoozer probably wouldn't be able to do if they're stuck in the infinite loop of napping and smashing the snooze button. Head on past the break to see a video of the alarm clock in action.

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  15. Gaming

    Tetris Theme Song Played on Link’s Ocarina in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    YouTube user olilord, gives us all a New Year's treat, playing the Korobeiniki, otherwise known as the Tetris theme song, on Link's ocarina in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The creepy look on his face probably stems from him reading the button combination to play the song, and not from being possessed by a Poe.

    (via reddit)

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