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13-year-old becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris
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13-year-old becomes the first known person to ever beat Tetris

Teen Willis Gibson has become the first person known in the world to beat Tetris.

The majority of video games on the market are bought to be 'beat', with the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty having a conclusion where gamers are effectively done with the product.

That is not exactly the case for the classic 1988 video game Tetris for the original Nintendo, which was never beaten by any gamer worldwide... until now.

Willis Gibson, from Oklahoma, was streaming the classic game last month when he truly made gaming history.

While most 13-year-olds would be playing the likes of FIFA, NBA or even the NFL titles, Gibson takes quite the liking to the classic Tetris.

And good job really, as he is pretty epic at it.

The teen achieved a 'True Killerscreen' in just 38 minutes as he streamed the game online last month, which saw the blocks fall at that fast of a pace it caused the game to crash.

Remarkably, only AI has managed such a feat in the past.

The teen is pretty good at Tetris.

For many a year, ever since Tetris was released over 30 years ago, gamers believed level 30 was the screen killer after Thor Aackerlund performed the 'hypertapping' method in 2010.

However, Gibson has blown that record out of the park after reaching level 157 and watching the game implode.


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

Gibson has since started playing the game competitively in gaming tournaments, coming in third place during one in October.

The 13-year-old has become the first person to beat Tetris.

Speaking to StillWater News Press, Gibson said: "I came into the tournament hoping to get top 16, and I overshot it.

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

Speaking of how he manages to be so good at Tetris, Gibson added: "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 you 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."

In the same interview, the teen said he has no plans to stop playing Tetris anytime soon - and who would blame him, he has just beaten the game after all!

Topics: Gaming, Technology