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‘Tetris’ gets fitted for movie adaptation

- September 30th, 2014

If the pieces fit, then it’s no puzzle why this famous problem solving game is finally getting a movie.

That was the last of the puns, I promise.

Seriously, though, Threshold Entertainment, the studio that produced the infamously terrible Mortal Kombat films, has teamed up with the Tetris Company to produce a live action movie based on the game, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Just how does one turn a game about alternating the pathway of different shapes to perfectly sit atop one another into an action intensive film?

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page,” Larry Kasanoff, Threshold Entertainment’s CEO, told the Journal. “We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

Despite his attempt to assure movie goers they wouldn’t be sitting through a two hour play through of a puzzle game (not that we’d necessarily object to that), Kasanoff wouldn’t say much more about the project.

Although, he did reaffirm that the film would be quite good, throwing around the word epic quite a bit.

“What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,” he said.

Intergalactic significance?

Hold on to your arcade sticks, Tetris may be heading to outer space.

How does one manage to secure the puzzle pieces in a zero-gravity environment space?

Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong recreated with Post-it notes

- April 2nd, 2013
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“Post-it Note Arcade – Stop Motion Animation [HD].” (SCREENSHOT)

Are you an old school arcade game fan? If so, you may be interested in checking out Michael Birkin’s stop motion homage to Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

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Tetris in a Jack-o-lantern

- October 31st, 2012

A pumpkin you can play! And the peduncle’s a joystick!

The man behind possibly the coolest Jack-o-lantern ever made, a guy named Nathan with an Etsy store of his very own,  explains his creation on his site:

One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them.  Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found “Make Tetris Pumpkins” from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought “Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?”

Why not, indeed?

Read more to see exactly how he did it, step by step (Hint: It involves wires, LEDs, mad programming skill and more patience than I’ll ever know.)

Via i09.

 

 

The 10 most addictive games

- December 22nd, 2011

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You might as well face it, you’re addicted to games.

According to press release issued by Gamasutra in partnership with GamePress, 63% of gamers surveyed said they feel “addicted” to gaming, 42% admitted they often missed out on social events in the name of leveling up and 82% said they regularly missed out on sleep because of video games.

There are, admittedly, worse things to lose sleep over than enjoying a favourite pastime, but as someone whose been stood up for a date because of Everquest, I beg of you, don’t do that. It’s douchey.

Here are the 10 console games respondents said they were most addicted to. I’m a bit bummed that machine-gun toting bros beat out dragon-slaying nerds for the top spot, but it warms the cockles of my heart to learn that Tetris is still ruining people’s friendships and health after 27 years.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 73% of gamers who said they’d played said they felt ‘addicted’ to it
  2. Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V – 70%
  3. Halo 3 – 68%
  4. Final Fantasy VII – 63%
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV – 58%
  6. Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV – 56%
  7. The Sims – 55%
  8. Red Dead Redemption – 46%
  9. FIFA 2012 – 42%
  10. Tetris – 39%

So what games can’t you live without?

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