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"Silicon Valley's "Tetris" Grand Master

Tetris stud takes on the world

Most of us went to college to get good at something. For Alex Kerr, the path to a computer science degree brought along something extra: Grand Master status at a beloved video game.

Alex is one of just two Americans called "Grand Master" when it comes to Tetris. He's the guy who makes sure that (with apologies toThom Yorke) everything is in its right place. Cutting his teeth in theSan Jose State University arcade, Alex got better and better, and he's now about to test his mettle against the world's best. The Tetris World Championships happen this weekend in Los Angeles.

The game was created in 1984 by a man named (fittingly) Alexey, from the Soviet Union. The name -- as devotees probably know -- comes from the Greek numerical prefix, "tetra." The rest is computer and time-wasting history.

This is a game that instantly brings people back in time, remembering how they spent countless hours moving pieces into place. IGN called it the second-greatest video game of all time. It has sold something in the neighborhood of 70 million copies -- 100 million more on cell phones.

If you're interested, the Tetris Championships are open to the public. THE Alexey will be among those (virtually) cheering Alex and the others on. Who knows? Maybe San Jose State's arcade will have a trophy to show off soon, and a cerain computer scientist will have something to brag about, besides a college degree."


Comment by Raikozu on August 7, 2010, 3:30 pm
Oh noes!He's ready to pwn us!!!
Comment by jemm_4 on August 6, 2010, 7:00 pm
im happy for him?
Comment by azn_papirus on August 4, 2010, 9:51 pm
Comment by SuPa on August 4, 2010, 2:54 pm
i am :)
Comment by azn_papirus on August 4, 2010, 12:57 am
SUPAH shud be in this =D
Comment by XaeL on August 3, 2010, 9:38 pm
lame. even tho he's pro tgm he'll get pwned by nes fanatics :/
Comment by Blink on August 3, 2010, 8:54 pm
what a pimp
Comment by Boingloing on August 3, 2010, 8:47 pm
:o :DDD

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