A classic game such as Tetris never stops getting played. And gamers are by nature competitive creatures. Once we start comparing high scores, it isn’t long before a tourney scene comes together. If Madden NFL and Street Fighter can have flourishing competitive scenes, why not Tetris?
Toronto will host its third Tetris championship February 12 at Handlebar. This fine establishment hosts regular retro gaming nights, so this sort of thing is right in their brightly-colored lane. This is the first time the event has been open to the public, so it had to leave its previous venue, the organizer’s apartment. There is no cover or registration fee for the event, all that’s required is sick puzzle skills. The format will be single elimination Battle Mode play, and the console for the event will be PlayStation 3.
Tetris has sold more than 125 million copies, inspired a serious tournament scene and legions of devoted fans, who often refer to themselves as blockheads. There’s even a Tetris movie in the works. It will reportedly be a “big, epic sci-fi film”in which the puzzle game is just the “tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance. I don’t know, maybe we should just play the game.