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August 2021

…how graphics, style and technology affect the feeling of being in a forest) in numerous videogames old and new. (Autocaptions)

  • A Short Hike: Nature, Cell Phones, and Friendship – Games As Literature (16:10)

    The Game Professor appreciates the way A Short Hike sets up and then subverts typical nature v technology dichotomies. (Autocaptions)

  • Tetris Effect and Other Games with Immaculate Vibes – Jacob Geller (20:00)

    Jacob Geller compares how permutations of Tetris and Marbles videogames (both which originated in 1984 versions) ‘update’ their systems with different aesthetic augmentations and positionings against real-world concepts and environments, to

  • June 25th

    …fighting game influences.

    “When you think of Tetris you probably think of Game Boy Tetris, the NES World Championship, or maybe even Tetris DS. What you probably don’t think of is Street Fighter, or Japanese comedy. But that’s exactly the lineage that led to the creation of Tetris the Grand Master.”

    Types, Trends, and Tropes

    This section is all about setting games, genres, and periods in context, looking at how key concepts and baseline assumptions emerge out of ideologies.

    • The Post-Roe Re-Examination of P.T.’s Lisa | Videodame Alina Kim submits the vaunted…

    November 11th

    …something inhumane? Let’s be real, I think many of us would have trouble abstaining from looking at the numbers if we could actually see them in real life judging by how important useless statistics like how many friends we have on Facebook are to us.


    I have to be honest with you: Tetris is the game I’ve been playing the most lately, so imagine my delight when I reached the end of this terrible desert devoid of Tetris blogging into a veritable wealth of internet-words on the subject.

    First up, writing for BBC…

    February 24th

    …named – if you can believe it – Bullet Proof Software. Coincidence? Perhaps. In any case, Bullet Proof worked hard to secure the rights to Tetris across multiple devices. They were hoping to prepackage the insidious little game with their upcoming portable handheld console, called a Game Boy. Facilitated by this little machine, Tetris would grow even further, spreading beyond the arcades, living rooms and office cubicles where it was once constrained. The great big Tetris board called Earth was starting to get dangerously full. And all of the pieces were red.

    President Reagan sought to fight Communism with…

    July 18th

    …demonstration that presentation can only get you so far in a game — that a game is meant to be played, not watched. And alas, actually playing Full Throttle is too often not much fun at all.”

    • Tetris [1984] – Arcade Idea Art Maybury zeroes in on Tetris‘ ability to wend its way beneath the conscious brain, the language brain, the legal brain.

    “Tetris annihilates my consciousness. I become as if pre-verbal, entirely reliant on visuals and muscle twitches. (Not to overstate the case: this does not occur every single time I play Tetris.)…

    April 10th

    …aware it’s a puzzle game, not a story game. So what gives?

    I would like to propose the term Drop7 practitioners for people like myself— individuals who find something more in the game than one might suspect an iPhone game could provide. This essay is an attempt to understand the game’s effect on me.

    Jason Killingsworth at the UpUpDnDn blog writes about creating his own family Tetris lexicon with his brother in ‘Throwing Shapes’:

    When we lived together briefly during college, my younger brother Josh and I played a lot of Tetris. Like a

    Kotaku UK archive

    …little souls

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  • April 25th

    …seek to examine the state and legacy of celebrated, popular franchises through the lens of their most recent tentpole releases (don’t fact check me there on Tetris, there’s like a zillion of those).

    • We’re All* Connected — KRITIQAL Nate Kiernan reflects on Tetris Effect as the apex culimination of Tetris as a vapid, relentlessly-copyrighted Brand–even if it is really pretty in the moment.
    • ‘Nier Replicant’ Beautifully Updates a Classic Oddity, but Can’t Replace It | VICE Dia Lacina savours in the return of Nier to acclaim and attention, while wrestling with the state and nature of canonicity

    August 5th


    Anna’s uncertainty and anxiety regarding her body is represented through a tetris piece that can’t properly fit through a wall. The aggravation of her breasts during hormone therapy is translated through a pair of breasts dodging obstacles as it floats upwards. The harmful words of naysayers berating her and denying her goals are represented by projectiles which a shield that you control needs to avoid. And the beauty of it is that it makes so much sense! Anna as a shield, words as dangerous projectiles, a body as a tetris piece, trying to properly fit-in with its

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    September 6th

    …are reflected upon, we realize how quickly the game and its attendant statements dissolve into a pile of gibberish.

    At Gamasutra, Katherine Cross refers to Polansky’s essay when she dissects the recent outcry over the “slave Tetris” minigame in Playing History 2 – Slave Trade:

    The game was, at bottom, terribly incoherent. It mixed a serious topic with a sunny atmosphere and gamey elements that trivialized that topic rather than illuminated it. The Tetris minigame, further, has the stunning side effect of rendering the player complicit in creating one of the signature atrocities of the slave…