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4:00 PM on 09.27.2012

It Came From Japan! Tetris Battle Gaiden

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] We all have that one so-called classic that we groan at when we see...

Allistair Pinsof

11:30 AM on 08.24.2012

Tetris: The Musical is... VeggieTales?

Well... not really, obviously. You gotta admit that there's some resemblance! Tetris: The Musical, the latest short by Random Encounters Entertainment, anthropomorphizes the iconic blocks in a very liberal interpretation of ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 07.19.2012

Proof that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a Tetris god

Steve Wozniak, computer wizard and one of the founding fathers of Apple, has boasted about his mad Game Boy Tetris skills on several occasions. According to Steve, he still walks around town armed with a few Game Boy Lights (...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 05.27.2012

Fake Tetris movie is easily better than Battleship

Not that it's really all that difficult to make anything that's better than Battleship. This fake live-action Tetris trailer comes courtesy of Warialasky, the real-life GoldenEye bros. It perfectly encapsulates the essence o...

Tony Ponce



Preview: Three 1C Company games worthy of a gander photo
Preview: Three 1C Company games worthy of a gander
by Ryan Perez

[UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that factual errors have been made with regards to this preview, and that only one of 1C's titles, Royal Quest, will be free to play, whereas the other two mentioned titles will be retail. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused readers, and for any trouble this may have caused 1C Company. For more information on the titles mentioned, please visit 1C Company's website.]

Unless you're a fan of the Red Orchestra series, I'd be willing to bet that most of you have never heard of 1C. In fact, most people haven't even had many opportunities to play games from its country of origin ... with the exception of Tetris. Yes, 1C is based out of Russia, that mystical land where most of us Americans assume bears run rampant and nobody ever smiles.

One amazing fact about Russia is that people there actually play video games -- even the ones that involve them foaming at the mouth. I had the chance to check out a few of these so-called "Russian games," one of which will be completely free to play.

So if you feel like trying something different, and, heck, aren't against the idea of potentially gaining a bit of culture in the process, then see what games are coming out of that country where you don't play videogame, videogame plays you.

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10:00 AM on 01.14.2012

Videogame-themed beer pong tables are righteously crunk

River Falls Pong Table Company is a family-owned business in River Falls, Wisconsin that specializes in making custom beer pong tables. Over the years, these folks have made a few game-themed tables, such as the Zelda 1 over...

Tony Ponce





2:30 PM on 12.22.2011

Tetris manager: Angry Birds is just a fad

No sh*t, Tetris guy. You knew that the silly physics flinger was on the way out when you started seeing too much branded merchandise at the checkout stand at the grocery store. I saw a senior citizen with an Angry Birds shirt...

Dale North

8:10 PM on 12.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Xenoblade, Minecraft, and... Tetris?

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when two sick people host a live show together, then look no further. Technical difficulties be damned, today's live taping of The Destructoid Show has explored the boundaries of wh...

Tara Long

8:00 AM on 12.02.2011

Oh, EA: Subscription charges added to Tetris mobile app

Oh, EA! What have you cheeky scamps gone and done now? It would seem you've added a subscription service to a Tetris app of all things. Now why would you go and do something as positively zany as that? Electronic Arts has rel...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 11.07.2011

Get digital album 'Greatest Video Game Music' for cheap

I'm sure the title will cause some to argue and proceed to list many worthy songs that did not make the cut, but the London Philharmonic Orchestra's album The Greatest Video Game Music is a good sampling of tunes taken from m...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 10.31.2011

Addition of the Bastion narrator makes any videogame sexy

What if the silken-voiced but incessant narrator from Bastion scored a few gigs working with other, bigger games? Would the simple gameplay exercise of running from one edge of the screen to the other become a grand journey into consciousness? Or would you just try to f*ck with the guy? Dorkly Bits: Bastion Narrator Invades Other Games [Dorkly]

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 10.30.2011

Tetris crackers: Taste Mother Russia in your mouth!

If you ever sit and wonder how a simple pick-up-and-play time-waster like Angry Birds could spawn such a large merchandizing machine, take comfort in knowing that it is hardly the first such case. Nope, not by a long shot! On...

Tony Ponce



Review: Tetris Axis photo
Review: Tetris Axis
by Dale North

Count on this: where there's a new Nintendo portable there's a new Tetris game. This time around, for the Nintendo 3DS, it's Tetris Axis. A strange name for a strange system. And it's a prety strange game, too.

Yes, there's classic Tetris in here somewhere under all the 3D graphics, party modes, extra features and new connectivity. It's just that it's not as good as the last time you got a Tetris game for a new Nintendo portable.

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7:30 PM on 10.06.2011

Tetris World Championship goes down October 16

For the record, I hate everyone that is good at Tetris. There's so many other things you can be good at. If you are one of those good players that I hate, in Los Angeles on October 16 The Tetris World Championships&...

Dale North



Two Tetris games exemplify the problem with 3DS gaming photo
Two Tetris games exemplify the problem with 3DS gaming
by Bob Muir

[Update: Our original story noted that Tetris: Axis is out on October 20; the correct release date is October 2. Furthermore, we've added a note to clarify that EA's Android versions of Tetris (while free) is supported by ads. Sorry for any confusion.]

As the Nintendo 3DS struggles to capture your attention in the age of smartphone gaming, two new puzzle games are the best example of one of the main problems with the system and its games.

The first game is Tetris: Axis, published by Nintendo and releasing on October 2. It features more than 20 modes and one-game multiplayer for up to eight players. It also "lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D," which I doubt will matter much because it's Tetris.

The second game, published by EA, is simply called Tetris, and is free today (supported by ads) to anyone with an Android phone. It may lack all the bells and whistles of Nintendo's version, but Tetris is such an endearing game design you don't need all those extras to have fun with it. No one in their right mind is going to want to buy a version with multiplayer when a scoreboard is nearly identical in function for a game like this. And while this version may lack over 20 modes, I doubt most people buy Tetris wanting more than a marathon mode.

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5:00 PM on 07.28.2011

Signed Tetris Mega Drive cart priced at $1 million

A signed copy of the rare Sega Mega Drive game Tetris would be a great collector's item, but asking $1 million for it is just silly. This wouldn't be the first silly price on gaming collectables on eBay, but they claim this c...

Dale North