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California Kid, 16, Dethrones 7-Time World Tetris Champ

Joseph Saelee beat Jonas Neubauer Sunday night

(Newser) - A California 16-year-old is the new world champion of Tetris. Joseph Saelee beat Jonas Neubauer in the Classic Tetris World Championship grand final Sunday night in Oregon; a definite stunner, per Kotaku , considering Neubauer, a 37-year-old taproom manager , has come out on top seven times in the eight years the... More »

Get Ready for Tetris: the Movie

$80M project could be a blockbuster

(Newser) - It could be a blockbuster. At least that's what a Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game Tetris. The $80 million project is the first from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, a joint venture between Chinese entertainment investor... More »

To Lose Weight, Play Tetris?

The game reduces cravings by an average 20%, a study finds

(Newser) - Are food cravings growing your waistline? Don't fret: just play Tetris. In what might just be the best news you read all day, a new study published in Addictive Behaviors finds playing Tetris for just 3 minutes reduces cravings by an average 20%. And that doesn't just apply... More »

Tetris Reborn—on Skyscraper's Side

Video game classic gets another go on a 29-story scale in Philly

(Newser) - Those who didn't fritter away a sufficient portion of their youth playing Tetris got a second chance last night—on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper. A 29-story version of the classic video game debuted last night on the Cira Centre, and if you thought the experience would be... More »

Playing Tetris After Trauma Cuts Flashbacks

Research could help PTSD sufferers

(Newser) - Playing Tetris probably isn't the first thing most people think of after a traumatic event, but researchers say doing so could reduce the risk of the flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. A group of volunteers who played the shape-stacking computer game after being shown a video of traumatic images... More »

Playing Tetris Boosts Brain Power

Study claims game has building blocks for better grey matter

(Newser) - Playing Tetris leaves people's brains better-equipped to deal with more than just an onslaught of falling blocks, according to a new study. Researchers—funded by the video game's makers—took brain scans of adolescent girls before and after three months of daily Tetris playing and found that some parts of... More »

Tetris Creators Want It in the Olympics

They dream of world connected by 'universal language' of game

(Newser) - As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Tetris is still selling like wildfire, so you’d have to forgive the men behind it a little arrogance. Creator Alexey Pajitnov and Blue Planet CEO Henk Rogers want Tetris to be an Olympic sport, they told CNN, and no, they’re not joking... More »

How Tetris Fell Into Place

(Newser) - Alexey Pajitnov was supposed to be an artificial intelligence researcher for the Soviet Academy of Sciences, but when he got his first computer 25 years ago, he used it to write games. He tweaked and translated mathematical puzzles he’d always loved, and one stood out right away. “The... More »

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