While "Ecstasy of Order" is likely to attract some newfound attention to Tetris, I asked if there was truly a way to determine the single-best Tetris player in the world. Cornelius notes that it's a difficult question to answer, partly because of the many different versions of the game that have been released since its original incarnation.
"Many Tetris versions are marathons in that they plateau at a sustainable difficulty level and you have to play for hours and hours to break the record," Cornelius added, "while the record games on NES, which is the version depicted in the film, take only about 10 minutes. There are very few players who excel at both modern and classic versions. In fact, they are so different, they're almost two different games."
One common factor shared between all versions of Tetris is the tension that tournaments create. "Everyone is blown away by how emotional the tournament is and how you're on the edge of your seat," said Cornelius. "There was a pretty rowdy crowd and it was quite a spectacle. Im not sure people realize how fun Tetris can be to watch."
Those interested in following the journeys of a group of Tetris masters can download "Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters" on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and YouTube Premium.
Harry Hong was the first to max out the NES version of Tetris at 999,999 points.
Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?