Watch the Moment When a 13-Year-Old Becomes the First Person to Ever “Beat” Tetris

On Decem­ber 21, Willis Gib­son, a 13-year-old from Still­wa­ter, Okla­homa, became the first per­son to push Tetris to its absolute lim­it. Around the 38:20 mark of the video above, Gib­son advances to Lev­el 157 and soon encoun­ters Tetris’ “kill screen.” Real­iz­ing that he’s bro­ken Tetris for the first time (Alex­ey Pajit­nov designed the game in 1985), the young­ster near­ly hyper­ven­ti­lates. Even­tu­al­ly catch­ing his breath, he declares, “I can’t feel my fin­gers.”

On YouTube, Gib­son adds: “When I start­ed play­ing this game I nev­er expect­ed to ever crash the game, or beat it.” Accord­ing to The Okla­homan, Gib­son “ded­i­cat­ed his win to his dad, who died last month.”

via New York Times

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  • Jo says:

    Bless him, he’s a delight­ful child. Hope­ful­ly he won’t be exploit­ed for his achieve­ments. It’s cer­tain­ly not a child­hood I would rec­om­mend.
    ‘I can’t feel my fin­gers.’ ‘I can’t feel my hands.’ Is extreme­ly dis­con­cert­ing.

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