I started playing Tetris almost a year ago and I played on Tetris Friends, because it was on Facebook and it was all over the place. With the watching option I saw rank 20 players like Giant_Douche and Chopin doing incredible things and I wanted to learn those things too, so I quickly found harddrop. I think the community is awesome and i felt no problem to start discussing and blending in. The best guide for beginners for me was Noogy's guide.
I think only a small percentage of the players are so dedicated to Tetris that they will study setups and go discussing about it.
I personally like NM, but the problem is for me:
- the setup
- there is almost never somebody on when i log in (i'm from Europe)
- if somebody is on, he is way too pro to play against
- the layout is old school
- there is no real chat going on
It's java so I think I could easily make it an applet and make it available by just browsing to a website (so you won't have to download it and do a setup). Another good thing of TF is that it has this ranking system, you want to get higher in rank and you always play against people of the same rank. The ranking feature of NM seems okay for me to use.
Easy acces on a site, a good chatting opportunity and a good ranking system can be key enablers to attrack more players to the 'real' stuff. Idk what you think about it.