Wikiany

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris

Thursday, 04/01/2024, 11:25 (GMT+7)

After its initial release, Tetris faced its first defeat at the hands of a 13-year-old.

A 13-year-old in Oklahoma is believed to be the first person ever to beat Tetris since the game’s release.

More than three decades after the game's release, Tetris was beaten for the first time by a 13-year-old in Oklahoma.

In the first release of Tetris, only bots powered by artificial intelligence forced the game, but also the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), to its “kill screen.".

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris 1
After its first release, the Tetris game was officially beaten by the 13-year-old gamer. Image Credits: Getty

In the game, the signature blocks are falling so fast that the game itself can’t continue. 

Last month, Willis Gibson, who comes from Oklahoma, broke the record after becoming the first person to beat Tetris.

Willis Gibson had etched his name into the annals of gaming history while live-streaming the classic Tetris.

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris 2
A 13-year-old child has become the first player to beat Tetris. Image Credits: YouTube/aGameScout

In a video documenting his feat posted on Tuesday, the Oklahoma teenager achieved a 'True killer screen' within a mere 38 minutes during his online Tetris session. 

The intensity of his gameplay was such that the falling blocks reached an unprecedented speed, ultimately causing the game to crash. This achievement is noteworthy as, historically, only artificial intelligence has managed to accomplish a similar feat.

Traditionally, gamers believed that level 30 was the screen killer in Tetris, a notion established over 30 years ago. 

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris 3
Willis Gibson became one of the top competitive Tetris players in the US when he was 13, having started playing at 11. Image Credits: YouTube/aGameScout

This belief stemmed from Thor Aackerlund's 2010 performance using the 'hypertapping' method. However, Gibson has shattered this record by reaching an astonishing level of 157, leading to the game's unexpected implosion.

He began playing Tetris when he was 11, practicing anywhere between three and five hours every single day.

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris 4
The teen is skilled at Tetris and claims to have started playing at the age of 11, spending 3 hours practicing. Image Credits: YouTube/aGameScout

Since then, Gibson has started playing the game competitively in gaming tournaments, achieving third place in one in October.

During an interview with Stillwater News Press, Gibson mentioned that he participated in the tournament with the hope of making it into the top 16. Surprisingly, he ended up breaking a record

He said, "It was really fun to see everybody I had known online. I was just excited to be there. I wasn’t too nervous."

13-year-old gamer breaks record and becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris 5
Willis Gibson, from Oklahoma, is the first child to beat Tetris. Image Credits: YouTube/aGameScout

Additionally, he pointed out the way to make him so good at Tetris; he explained:  "There’s a little D-pad on the controller that you can press down, and it will go left or right.

"Instead of manually just tapping each piece every single time, what you do is hover your finger over the button just barely so it doesn’t cause an input left or right, and then you roll your fingers on the back of the controller. So each finger causes an input."