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bigwig
post Feb 9 2016, 10:28 PM
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QUOTE(jackh1771 @ Feb 9 2016, 02:51 PM) *

Can someone explain the tetris burst ladder? there is a 50 cent entry for the seeding with no prize.

I think, I'm not sure, that this $.50 entry is just to seed you into the start of the ladder. When the ladder opens, you can challenge people on it. Staying at the top of the ladder gives you rewards points each day.
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morningpee
post Sep 26 2017, 03:47 PM
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Be very careful with this. I've run into a bug that replaces your score with a very low score. For example, I got 81,549 points on one game. When I pressed "close", it redirected me to the scoreboard, where it said I only got 1,288 points. See the screenshots:
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This has happened to me in 12 separate games. I have played roughly twice that many (still on the first buy-in, but it is not nearly as profitable as it was for Goldenshadow or bigwig, my current balance is $0.83).

I have notified GSN Support. I'll update the thread if/when they respond.
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post Sep 28 2017, 04:38 PM
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I got a response about the score discrepancies today.

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Thank you for notifying us of these incidents. Your inquiry has been passed along to the Game Engineers for additional investigation. I will provide an update on their investigation once concluded. Your continued patience is greatly appreciated!

So, they said they would look into it. A couple hours later, my account was banned.

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Before my account was banned, I got up to $40 (still on the initial $10 buy-in. There were pending payouts when my balance was only $.83). I beat the top players numerous times, so it's possible that someone reported me.

I was already blocked from participating in the biggest payout category. From memory, it was called Tetris Burst 5-Player Super-something. I can't check because my account is banned. Being blocked from that category is normal, as Goldenshadow encountered the same thing.

After that, I played the normal Tetris Burst 5-Player category. In total, I estimate I won 95% of my games. I regularly got scores of 70k and higher. The highest score that registered was slightly above 80,000. The average for my games was slightly below 40,000 though, due to the glitch that gave me a score of 1,000-2,000 on some games (about 30%).

The technique that I used to achieve high scores was Infinite TST. When the TST loop broke, I would sometimes switch to freestyle, and I would try to start the infinite TST loop back up as soon as possible.

Fortunately, they refunded the original $10 buy-in, so nothing was lost, other than time and effort. That being said, I have learned my lesson: Don't play Tetris Burst!
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post Sep 28 2017, 08:44 PM
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Reading Goldenshadow's OP I assumed he was some sort of grifter sent here to try and scam us based on the way the post read. I was very surprised to see that it was an officially licensed Tetris game. I haven't played Ultra in probably 6 months, so I wasn't going to gamble on my muscle memory like that. Glad to know that my intuition wasn't that far off.

Unrelated side note: Why are "Tetris" and "grifter" not accepted as words according to autocorrect?
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post Sep 29 2017, 05:27 AM
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QUOTE(SmartS101 @ Sep 28 2017, 08:44 PM) *
I was very surprised to see that it was an officially licensed Tetris game.

Meanwhile, there's also an officially licensed Tetris-themed slot machine by "Scientific Games". 2 minutes in the video, you can see how the player triggers a little jackpot.


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post Sep 29 2017, 11:24 AM
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Seems like they thought you were cheating. I don't think the world winner people understand the skill level of some Tetris players. Either that or they can't fit highly skilled players into their money making algorithms, so they make the game unplayable for them. Like I said in this earlier posts, I stopped playing over a year ago because they started to only match me against the same players over and over.

I remember also having scores repeatedly get flagged for suspicion of cheating. I also had to email them to get those games refunded. It's another part of the reason why I withdrew all my winnings and stopped playing. It's unfortunate because there are some really skilled players in their other games, like bejeweled, but no place for the skilled players in Tetris.
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post Sep 30 2017, 04:07 PM
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After what Morningpee went through, I'm very sure I'll be avoiding Tetris Burst like the plague. Banning users on suspicion of cheating on a broken website is just asinine. Seems just like incompetence on the part of the developers of Tetris Burst and outward ignorance of the skill level of other players.
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post Sep 30 2017, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE(Goldenshadow @ Sep 29 2017, 06:24 AM) *

Seems like they thought you were cheating.


That's what I'm thinking, too. Although if they would've looked at his games closely, it should be possible to tell that it was real. Like you mentioned, they might not have the expertise to be able to tell the difference.

I'm guessing they plugged "morningpee tetris" into Google. On the first page, there's a Tetris AI video as well as morningpee's Lag-free TF extension.
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morningpee
post Oct 14 2019, 04:55 PM
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I went back to WorldWinner, and Tetris Burst is gone. I reached out to GSN (owner of WorldWinner) support for more information. Their response:

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Tetris Burst was retired back in December of 2018.

At this time Tetris Burst is no longer available on the site.

Tetris Burst was an HTML5 game, right? It's a shame we lost it even before Flash becomes officially end-of-life. Maybe they took it down in anticipation of Tetris Online shutting down?
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