TETRIS-SYSTEM, V1

Tetris may be the perfect game, but the beauty of its play is woefully ephemeral. Worse, the lack of a consistent and robust system for recording and annotating individual tetromino drops has, for decades, stunted serious scholarship.

The problem is clear. Now, Tim Hwang and I have proposed a solution. Presenting 1Yes, Tim presented it two weeks ago. I agreed to a press embargo for that duration. TETRIS-SYTEM, being a recording method for matches of the puzzle-game.

TETRIS-SYSTEM, V1

The notation may feel unfamiliar at first, but even a novice Tetris player will quickly get the hang of it. We hope that one day Tetris scholars, like composers flipping through the sheet music of a symphony, will be able to reconstruct the movements and interplay in their mind’s eyes.

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1. Yes, Tim presented it two weeks ago. I agreed to a press embargo for that duration.

Published by Parker Higgins

I'm the Director of Special Projects at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and previously led copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. more »