Adam Cornelius directed The Ecstasy of Order, a documentary about competitive Tetris. Here he tells us what skills you need to compete, how good you have to be, and why NES Tetris is the definitive version.
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Robert Ashley edits listener-submitted game ideas into one big, crazy game, talks to the guy who owns the rights to Tetris about his plans to save the world, gets a lecture on the future of games from a New York University professor, and meets a struggling game blogger who happens to possess freakishly enormous genitalia.
PARENTAL ADVISORY: A Life Well Wasted is always for grown-ups, but this episode is definitely not for kids. Don’t embarrass yourself by playing it in the car with your grandma.
When I asked Henk Rogers how he made Tetris a hit, he said "crazy persistence." If you listen to this program, you’ll hear how his persistence kept helping him overcome obstacles that would have made others quit.
Henk didn’t invent Tetris, but he’s the entrepreneur who went into the Soviet Union to win the rights to the game, and he’s the man who made it a world-wide phenomenon that’s still going strong, even though the game was invented back in 1984.