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Boy Thought to Be First to Beat Tetris Meets the Game’s Creator

Boy Thought to Be First to Beat Tetris Meets the Game’s Creator

13-year-old Willis Gibson is the first person to beat the original Tetris game, and the newly minted video game champ met one of his heroes. Meeting the two men behind Tetris Co. overwhelmed Willis. He struggled to find words when Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of the game we know today, and Henk Rogers, the company’s founder and chairman, surprised him during a Zoom interview with NBC News

“This is so cool,” Willis gushed after Rogers introduced himself. “I never thought I would be able to talk to you guys.”

Tetris, famous for its progressively challenging gameplay that requires strategic rotation and placement of differently shaped blocks within a rectangular space, has always been a formidable challenge for human players. However, Willis pushed the boundaries of the game in an unprecedented way, taking it to new heights.

Willis, on Tuesday, shared a video on his YouTube channel. In this video, he seemed to have triumphed over the game of Tetris after approximately 38 minutes of gameplay. The teenager, known as Blue Scuti in the online world, can be observed gasping for breath and exclaiming with excitement as he reaches the kill screen of Tetris, successfully crashing the game.

“Oh, my God Oh, my God. Yes,” Gibson exclaims in the footage. “I’m going to pass out. I can’t feel my fingers. I can’t feel my hands.”

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According to Willis Gibson, the creators of Tetris never anticipated that anyone would beat their game. “[That’s why] when you do make it that far, the game just can’t handle it. And it just crashes.”

“When I first started playing the game, I didn’t even know that was possible,” Willis recalled. “And even up until recently, I never thought I’d even get, like, close to it.”

Willis expressed a mix of astonishment and joy upon accomplishing this remarkable feat, even though Pajitnov remains adamant that Tetris is unbeatable. “He didn’t crash my game. He crashed the program which was created 40 years ago by NES engineers. So, the game is not crashable at all,” a stone-faced Pajitnov said.

Nevertheless, Willis attributed beating Tetris to his late father, who had been supportive of his son’s passion for gaming. “He definitely would be proud. He’d tell anybody and everybody how good his kid was at Tetris,” Gibson’s mother, Karin Cox, explained. 

However, Gibson isn’t just resting on his Tetris triumph. “I’m looking to play Super Mario Bros., and if I play at a high level, then that’d be really cool. And I’m hoping to get into some sort of engineering,” the teen told News Nation