A Conversation for All About 'Tetris' - the Computer Game
Baron Grim Started conversation Mar 6, 2003
How did those triominoes(the green three squared pieces) sneak into the tetris graphic? They must have got jealous of all the fun the tetrominoes were having in tetris. Or maybe they got lonely since there's only two of them and they wanted to join the gang of five tetrominoes. Of course if they ever tried something like that with the 12 pentominoes (A899751), my pieces would eat their lunch.
Anyways, very nice article Farlander. I see you've added some interesting stuff since I last read it. I especially like the "hard, hard game" section. I'm coming to similiar conclusions for Pentominoes. Of course while several programmers have solved the puzzle using brute force, no one that I know of has found a logical way for a human to do it. It's still just a trial and error method that works best.
Well congrats again. I hope when the subed finishes my pentomino article it will have a link to yours.
Farlander Posted Mar 7, 2003
guy who did the graphics prob wasn't familiar with tetris, lol. ah well, if one doesn't look too closely, it looks pretty good, no? we'll see how long the greenies stay there before the tetras gobble them up... might change the name of the game to terrorminoes...
anyway, thanks! i'm pretty sure i put a link to your page, but i'm not sure if it was to the original or to the ed copy. i'll go check...
(i wish somebody had come up with a good scientific reason why everybody who plays it winds up getting addicted... i don't think the glucose metabolic rate *quite* explains it)
Felonious Monk - h2g2s very own Bogeyman Posted Mar 7, 2003
I think the reasons why Tetris is so successful are (a) it is very abstract (b) it is very simple and (c) it could only ever be realised on a computer. I also think it appeals to certain kinds of brains: I find it easy because I'm a chemist, and I'm used to manipulating shapes in my head and fitting them together. I even found the 3-d version where the shapes drop down a well to be easy. Give me a chessboard though, and I'm all at sea.
Farlander Posted Mar 8, 2003
speaking of which, there was this really old ms-dos 3d version where the pieces didn't drop down a shaft, but actually zoomed to the far end of one, and you had to plug em in the holes... i miss those games.
Baron Grim Posted Mar 8, 2003
I can actually imagine an analog version of Tetris. It would be a mechanical monstrosity, sure. The pieces could fall and be controlled using magnets below a thin panel. Lines could be checked using electrical contacts with pusher pistons clearing the lines. Ok.. the pieces would have to be made of individual (magnetic?) cubes. It would be expensive sure, but I think it would be . Of course with the fall of most of the major pinball manufacturers I don't think anyone would mass produce it, but hey someone might build one. Hey, they made those card things so you can play solitaire when the computer's down right?
Farlander Posted Mar 10, 2003
you could make the 'shaft' a very thin space between two transparent sheets of whatever material, just enough to let the pieces fall through, and hook it up to a vacuum pump/magnetic field of sorts to control falling speed. to make things easier for the manufacturer (and cheaper - also more challenging for the tetris fanatic) you could just have the players manipulate these falling pieces with a pair of stick magnets.
... hey, did you realize we could get an ig for this???
Farlander Posted Mar 11, 2003
aw larks, go to http://www.improb.com/ig (the IgNobel prizes)
if you're interested, let me know!
Baron Grim Posted Mar 11, 2003
Farlander Posted Mar 12, 2003
not up? - gasp - then go to http://www.improb.com and click on the 'ig nobel prizes' link. you have just gotta see the stuff in there -
Baron Grim Posted Mar 12, 2003
I got through a little later and spent the rest of the day looking through it and the linked sites. I especially liked the MRI shot of coitus. I sent it to a friend to see if he could guess what it was. When he figured out what it was he commented that it's the ultimate version of sitting on a photocopier.
Farlander Posted Mar 13, 2003
Baron Grim Posted Mar 13, 2003
I liked the guys that actually petitioned to win an Ig... they're the ones that did the study on the effects of ale, garlic and soured cream on the appetite of leaches. Nothing like making science out of eating crisps, drinking beer and letting leeches suck on ya.
Farlander Posted Mar 14, 2003
the fact that people actually nominated themselves - and got an ig... that's my ultimate goal in life, nominating myself and winning one...
Baron Grim Posted Mar 14, 2003
Farlander Posted Mar 17, 2003
thanks! although i really didn't do much.
(bought the igs book. cool pics. hysterical)
Baron Grim Posted Mar 17, 2003
Farlander Posted Mar 18, 2003
thanks! i have a new article in peer review - A1000378. we are currently trying to decide whether or not to keep it in one piece or to let it undergo binary fission... like bacteria...
Baron Grim Posted Mar 25, 2003
Farlander Posted Mar 28, 2003
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