A boy beats Tetris – level 3

09-01-2024 15:00

Willis Gibson, a 13-year-old in Oklahoma, the United States, is believed to be the first person ever to beat Tetris, a game popularized by Nintendo, since its release over three decades ago.

Previously, only AI-powered bots had reached the game’s challenging ‘kill screen’. In a video, Willis plays for about 38 minutes, reaching level 157 before freezing the game at a score of 999999. The president of the Classic Tetris World Championship, Vince Clemente, stated that this feat was considered impossible until recently.

Willis, who practices for around 20 hours a week on a cathode-ray tube television, dedicated his win to his late father. Having started playing Tetris only two years ago, he became one of the country’s top competitive players.

Difficult words: feat (an achievement that requires great courage or skill), cathode-ray tube (a vacuum tube that uses electron beams to display images on a screen).

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What influenced Willis Gibson to become a top competitive player in Tetris despite only starting to play the game two years ago?

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