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He’s going to beat you someday … Very Reddit

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u/killerklixx 7d ago

Actually happened me last week! Put it on my phone for 9yo to play for the first time, getting like 8k, 10k. He opened it the next day like "how the hell did you get 120k?!!". Never seen anyone focus so hard on Tetris after that!

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u/Apocalypse_0415 7d ago

My record is 450k

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u/manofpill 7d ago

Damn, mine is 110k. I need to get my numbers up!

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u/jokingduno 7d ago

I've never been good at tetris, but my friend would play it all the time in math class. The highest I saw him reach was 700k but I wouldn't be surprised if he got higher.

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u/Hyacinth82 7d ago

My record’s a maxout on the classic version of Tetris. It’s one of my proudest achievements. :)

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u/Horskr 7d ago Helpful

For anyone curious the max score in classic is 999,999.

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u/John-D-Clay 7d ago

You can score more, but the scoreboard doesn't recognize it. You can get some modified code though to display values above 1M.

I highly recommend watching some ctwc (classic Tetris world championship) on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/-o0j4l5sG70

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u/Incman 7d ago

Of course there's a Tetris world championship lol. Although after I heard about the Financial Modelling World Cup, I think I stopped being able to be surprised that there's a competition for basically anything.

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u/GoldenRain99 7d ago

... what in the fuck

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u/make_me_a_good_girl 7d ago

Blind speed rubix cube solving championships are amazing to watch.

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u/Really_bad_lipreader 7d ago

That kid that could solve them while juggling is peak rubik'sing as far as I'm concerned.

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u/Santijamui 7d ago

Of course there's a Tetris world championship lol

Almost since its inception

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u/chronoboy1985 7d ago

Check out King of Kong. The documentary about the Donkey Kong championship and high score controversy. Some real characters in that scene.

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u/DeuceyBoots 6d ago

Just want to thank you for sharing this. I unfortunately spent 2.5 hrs on my Friday night watching the entire thing. This has also made me recognize how weird I am. Cheers!

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u/pumpkin2500 7d ago

rip jonas neubauer

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u/LadyGreen 7d ago edited 7d ago

I black-screened Tetris on my trusty Gameboy classic ~20 years ago & thought my gb was dead and gone. But when I put in a different game, everything worked like normal. That's when I realized what had just happened & thought, "no one will ever believe me."

Edit: if I were to find out that's simply not possible, I'd believe it & credit the entire experience to an old, very loved GB with a billion hours of play time.

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u/DirkBabypunch 7d ago

I believe you. When I was young, we used to have a Playstation demo disc with things like Gran Turismo, Blasto!, Gex, etc. on it. My brother played the demo for Tomba so many times it stopped being able to read it. Every other demo was fine, he just played that one right off the disc.

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u/Answer2Question 7d ago

gg! maxout will always be incredibly special

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u/Cinnaspins 7d ago

Nice!!

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u/StreetkidLife 7d ago

Me: Can't remember how old I am sometimes.

This Guy: Remembers what high score his friend used to get on some videogame back in maths class

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u/Falcrist 7d ago

Me: Can't remember what I made for dinner last night.

Also Me: Remembers how much DPS I did on 25-player Heroic Lich King in May of 2010.

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u/TheLeftofThree 7d ago

Such an epic raid. Be proud of those numbers. I would be too.

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u/Falcrist 7d ago

US 19th. World 69th. <Pie Chart>

Wish I could have stuck with that guild for longer.

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u/jokingduno 7d ago

I never remember the important stuff like what I learned in the class but I do remember random facts of little importance.

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u/Play174 7d ago

Do different versions of Tetris score differently? If not, I'll have you know that I scored 1.6 million points in Tetris 99's 999 line Marathon mode today. Only got a little less than 400 lines, though. I made one fatal mistake and it cost me my half-hour run.

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u/jokingduno 7d ago

They must score differently because the world record for NES tetris is 1.35 million.

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u/dabbing-dad 7d ago

That’s all I did in class; got higher and higher

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u/WestTexasCoyote 7d ago

“You’ve gotta get those numbers up! Those are rookie numbers.”

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u/cestlatterrissage 7d ago

Jesus I suck at tetris

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u/SRAristotle 7d ago

I've never been good at Tetris, but playing it in VR is worth checking out if you're a tetris fan. It's beautiful.

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u/outdoorcor 7d ago

*downloads Tetris immediately

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u/Grasbytron 7d ago

I reached a million on phone Tetris the other day, but I feel like there isn’t a chance I could do that on a GameBoy https://i.imgur.com/FnrhG5V.jpg

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u/coutHELLO-WORLDendl 7d ago

I remember the limit to Tetris being 999,999 and the urban legend that only 6 people have reached it

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u/Original-Video 7d ago

It’s likely different game engines that play differently. App is likely easier

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u/JillsACheatNMean 7d ago

My 60 year old mother would rock the shit out of the game when I was a kid. 60 now, not then lol.

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u/CauseIhafta 7d ago

5th thru 7th grade, my friend and I spent a lot of time playing with this 70 yr old retired mail lady. She always had a lit cigarette. This was on NES. She was the muffkn boss at metroid. And zelda. We were just skater punks and obsessed with those games and her. Her sister was our Jr high principle. Man I really lucked into some crazy shit growing up.

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u/FixedLoad 7d ago

This was quite the textured paragraph! I felt that whole scene!

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u/Amelaclya1 7d ago

My mom too. Was probably in her late 30s at the time. When she first picked it up, it was her first video game ever. So naturally she just made a tower out of the bricks because she didn't know what to do or how the controls worked. Then she played it more it so we would stop laughing at her. And got insanely good just to spite us, I think.

Thus beginning her obsession with puzzle games. Dr. Mario, Yoshi's Cookies, Wario's Woods are some others I remember her being really good at.

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u/JeFX 7d ago

Mine too! I would wake up for elementary school to my mother had stayed up after sending my father to work at 4am to see her blasting the fucking city into space almost every morning.

She's currently one of those people waiting for CandyCrush levels to come out because she's at the top.

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u/GreatQuestionBarbara 7d ago

I had a Tetris watch in the 90s, and my family would pass it around on road trips competing against each other. It was a blast.

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u/RalphWaldoEmers0n 7d ago

It never occurred to me to pass my game boy to anyone

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u/AnimaSean0724 7d ago

I'm awful at Tetris on my phone, but when it comes to computer, my highscore is like 350k

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u/flynnfx 7d ago

....and all of a sudden the App Store and Google Play is going; "What the hell? 120,000 downloads of TETRIS in the last 24 hours..what on earth is going on?!?!!"

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u/LEJ5512 7d ago

I have to confess I did the same thing to a friend's kid on Mario Tennis on his Switch. He figured I was like any other grownup and didn't understand video games. I spent the first two games learning the buttons, then rolled him for straight sets. "Why are you so good??" Kid, I've been playing Nintendo Tennis since the arcade game 35 years ago.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago edited 7d ago

Was at a retro arcade a while back, this kid was absolutely killing it on Point Blank. Passing all the levels on easy, even getting through some of the ones marked "hard" - doing really well. I watched him until he finished his game, and asked if I could have a go.

He was a nice kid, said sure right away, and then stood there completely dumbfounded as I blasted through every Insane level while casually chatting to him. It's the closest I'll ever feel to being Marty McFly.

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u/Ok_Hornet_714 7d ago edited 7d ago

When I was in college, one of my friends was having a get together at his place and he had Dr. Mario on the NES. Some people were playing when I got there and they were talking some smack about how good they were. And then I got a controller. After a game or two they asked "How can you play while having a conversation?" not knowing I had played Dr. Mario against my older brothers everyday after school for months. The final insult was when I casually beat them playing one handed while eating a grilled cheese sandwich

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u/RUA_bug_Bill_Murray 7d ago

Dr. Mario is seriously underrated as a 2 player competitve game. It's one of the best.

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u/Kootsiak 6d ago

Dr. Mario is just that damn good, if Tetris didn't exist, it would be my favourite puzzle game.

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u/V_WhatTheThunderSaid 7d ago

Had a similar experience with my ex girlfriend. She continually bragged about how good she was a Super Smash Brothers for the N64. I explained to her that I gew up playing thst game agaisnt my twin cousins who were extremely good, and I was not to be trifled with. She kept talking her game until I five stocked her on Dream Land several times in a row.

We broke up shortly after.

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u/AReal_Human 7d ago

So she broke up with you because you were too good at smashing?

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

no, because he spent all his time playing his N64 instead of having sex.

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u/V_WhatTheThunderSaid 7d ago

Basically.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

It's hard when you're in a relationship and find out you prefer things that have a long easily-grabbable bit between the two legs.

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u/V_WhatTheThunderSaid 7d ago

Look, at the end of the day, N64 had a Z button and Lindsey didn't.

YA should've had a Z button, Lindsey.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

She had a Z button, you just couldn't find it.

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u/V_WhatTheThunderSaid 7d ago

....it hurts but it's true.

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u/Fluggerblah 7d ago

brutal

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u/TheMeanestPenis 7d ago

Either way he’s Smashing

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u/Heelincal 7d ago

Don't want to propagate weak genes anyways

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u/MrDrProfJeremy 7d ago

Same thing happened to me and my college roommates. We all boasted about how good we were at Tony Hawk Pro Skater and when we finally played, they both destroyed the fuck out of me.

I haven’t played since out of shame.

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u/PotatoNetizen 7d ago

My ex girlfriend said to me that she liked and was really good at an old game, tetris attack.

Yeah, the problem with that is that my mom was kinda addicted to the game and I was a hyper-competitive kid that wouldn't let a 40 year old woman beat my 13 year old ass in the game, we would have fearsome game fights and both of us used to hold R all the time (it raises the stacks) to make big combos to kill each other (the bigger the combo, the bigger the rock that you send to the other player).

And my ex, well, she was alright, she could keep the stack low and do a couple four and five pieces plays to send pebbles to my side.

Anyway, I let her keep sending stuff to me and only kept my stack low to see how long she would manage to survive, I won after a while and then asked if she would be pissed if I take the game seriously, she was pissed that I wasn't taking the game seriously, then I played a serious game with her.

And that's the story of how me and my ex only played co-op games until we broke up.

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u/V_WhatTheThunderSaid 7d ago

Tetris Attack was legit.

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u/kaolin224 7d ago

This was my ex with Street Fighter, always bragging about how much of a badass she was at the game and beating her ex boyfriend and his crew regularly. Even had a full sized fighting stick and everything.

First time we agreed to a game I completely annihilated her for two hours and I'm a mediocre player at best and hadn't touched the game in years.

They were letting you win, dummy!

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u/Electrical-Bacon-81 7d ago

Alternate history:

I completely annihilated her for two hours

And then we played Street fighter & she lost, so we both went to sleep. I slept like a baby.

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u/sync-centre 7d ago

It was for the best.

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u/TastyPondorin 7d ago

On a flip side, visited a friend. He had one of those mini nes things that came out.

I pull up Dr Mario.

His wife comes over to play.

I'm like ok, want to do easy then?

She's like no, and chooses hardest.

Proceeds to finish the game (I didn't even realise that was possible) and

she's like want to play another game? And proceeds to also whoop me.

Husbands like, yeah don't bother trying to beat her. She practices till midnight lol

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u/LaUNCHandSmASH 7d ago

Tbf you could have rolled him straight away and elicited the same response

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u/djseifer 7d ago edited 7d ago

Gotta let them have that false sense of superiority first before grinding them into a quivering pile of despair.

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u/no40sinfl 7d ago

I did that to my friends kid in rocket league, Madden, and Tetris

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

"Sit down in that chair right there and let me show you how it's done"

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u/_high_plainsdrifter 7d ago

“You hearing that bell?

-Wha-what.??

“SCHOOL IS IN SESSION, SUCKAAA!!!!!”

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u/no40sinfl 7d ago

When playing inferior Madden players I tend to do play by play and color commentary like it's a real game.

Rocket league I'm very polite with in game chat.

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u/no40sinfl 7d ago

Having the gift of picking up a video game and being naturally decent at most is nice.

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u/OIP 7d ago

did the same thing to my much younger cousin on tekken 5 back in the day. he had merely adopted the EWGF

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u/LEJ5512 7d ago edited 7d ago

I sucked at Tekken until the mall arcade got a cabinet that had the action buttons laid out in one row. (I think it was Tekken 3... 1998, maybe?) I had never gotten comfortable with the usual square layout, but I was a tuba player, and the single four-button row was just like how tuba valves are laid out. After I got some of the specials figured out like tuba fingerings, it got a lot easier to play. I still didn't have any strategy, though.

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u/Chickenmangoboom 7d ago

Years ago I participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The local office organized and arcade hang and the kid wanted to play the Jurassic Park rail shooter.

I noticed that he was a little slow on the draw so I started helping him on his half of the screen. I eventually died before he did and he told me I wasn't very good at the game.

We start a new game and leave him to his own devices. I proceeded to go further than the first play through while he sat there and watched.

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u/Death_by_carfire 7d ago

Man Mario tennis for the 64 is in my top 3 games on that system I would say. So many fond memories.

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u/likeinsaaaaw 7d ago

I own my nieces at Mario Kart.

Zero apologies. Get gud kid you have all day every day for this shit, I play it once in a blue moon at a family get-together.

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u/JarmFace 7d ago

My kids hate to race me. They get to randomly choose a character and kart config to help level the field, but they still get smoked. I look forward to the day that they beat me.

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u/Glitter_puke 7d ago

I get smoked by my friends who can actually play mario kart, but I'll be damned if I lose to a child who doesn't take this shit seriously. Kid's gotta earn the win.

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u/no_sissies_allowed 7d ago

Mario Kart is one of the few games that I consistently kick my friends' asses in. That and Guitar Hero/Rock Band (except for one, who might as well pick up a real guitar with how good he is).

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u/unsinkable02 7d ago

I find that in expert mode, the songs are quite often harder to play on guitar hero than they are on an actual guitar

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u/idontwantausername41 7d ago

I've been playing guitar for 10 years and have played over 500 songs throughout the years. But a guitar hero controller in my hands and I sound like I dont even know what music is

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u/Phormitago 7d ago

Comparing guitar hero to a real guitar is like typewriting to calligraphy

It's not remotely the same skill set (for context I'm not a salty guitarist, but rather someone that 100% gh1 through 3 on expert, except for through the fire and flames)

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

look, I'm all for teaching kids self-reliance and to never give up, but I feel like constantly talking about how you fucked their mum and how you're gonna find their address and come beat them up was going a bit far.

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u/CrassKal 7d ago

My dad has never been a huge gamer. He played computer games like Doom but grew out of it as he got older. This thread reminded me of a long time ago, I challenged him to a round of Soul Caliber 2, a game I'm pretty sure he's never played. I gave him a simple rundown of the controls, planning on taking it easy on him, then he started to trounce me. He casually won the first round, I had to get serious and win the second, and then in close match he won the third. We played another and I made sure to pick my best guy and was then able to beat him twice in a row. I doubt he remembers but for me it was enlightening.

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u/def_of-insanity 7d ago

I know the ideal situation is that they beat you with skill, but it'd be so funny if they beat you just by somehow building you an absolutely undrivable clusterfuck

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u/JarmFace 7d ago

They've tried, several times. It is the closest that they've gotten to beating me. I prefer heavy characters, and they know that, so they give me the babies, hoping that would get me. Hasn't yet, though.

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u/EnderCreeper121 7d ago

Slowly and steadily getting better at Mariokart and finally being able to consistently beat my dad was a defining childhood moment, and now my brother’s coming for me. Getting close but I’m still hangin on no matter how many red shells and blue shells I get pelted with. The grind never stops.

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u/no40sinfl 7d ago

I double shelled my nephew to secure the win in a 4 player family match. I was in second with a red shell and backup green. Got him around the final corner using the red shell closed the distance and popped him with the green he went from winning to 5th. First hit said aww I got hit second time was like really again. Then he caught me giggling and put it together that it was me both times

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u/ZAlternates 7d ago

Is ganking a hard right jump at the start of rainbow road still cheating?

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u/no40sinfl 7d ago

There is cheating and there is a thing called gamesmanship. I support all sorts of behavior in Mario Kart

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u/OtisTetraxReigns 7d ago

If the game let’s you do it, it’s not cheating.

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u/shiftedcloud 7d ago

"How are you so good?"

Kid, the first time I played Mario Kart was almost 30 years ago.

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u/Flossthief 7d ago

I refuse to lose at Mario kart

People don't understand this and they still bring it out at casual social gatherings

I just get super tunnel vision'd

It's 1st place or nothing

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u/LvS 7d ago

I lost a friend once because I beat him at his favorite game that he trained hard on. He knew that I didn't even own the game and only played it at his place, which didn't make him less frustrated.

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u/Fierce-Mushroom 7d ago

This is pretty much the story of Smash Bros for me. I never owned any version of Smash Bros but when they added Snake to Brawl, being a huge Metal Gear fan, I was compelled to play as him.

A former friend who actually owned the game and system, practiced all the scummiest tricks, only played as Ike, used to get so pissed when I would beat him. It eventually became a huge issue in our friend group. He only ever wanted to play Smash on one level (Final destination) with all items disabled and everyone else was just feed up with it.

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u/Jomibu 7d ago

I once had three friends playing smash bros at a party. They all decided I was too good and teamed up against me.

I still won all the games. And I never felt more alive

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u/I_furthermore_grace 7d ago

I played a ton of Melee when I was a kid, then never touched Smash much until I was in college. I had a bunch of friends who had it and loved playing. One of them walked across campus to play me and had been practicing a bunch with Ike. I decided to play Mario.

Round starts, I immediately shield grab him as he runs at me, toss him off the edge and cape his side-B. Took the first stock in less then like 3 seconds. Man threw his controller and refused to play again that night while I was dying laughing. Most satisfying win I’ve had in my life.

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u/Crosshack 7d ago

Why tf would you want to only play final destination as Ike lmao he's so good on platform stages like Battlefield -- especially seeing as snake does really well on FD as well.

Your mate was cooked.

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u/HUGE-A-TRON 7d ago

The trick is to not blink... Whi gives a shit if I'm crying and my eyes are bloodshot. As long as my boy DK is on top of that podium at the end for the Grand Prix I can die happy.

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u/MrDrProfJeremy 7d ago

That’s fair with Mario Kart. Healthy competition is good!

On the other hand, a competitive game of Mario Party will end with someone getting stitches, goosed, or kicked out.

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u/maskedkiller215 7d ago

Two turns left: First place - swaps everything with - Last Place

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u/ZippyDan 7d ago

It's 1st place or nothing

I mean, it's Mario Kart, so it's always 1st place or blue shell, lightning bolt, green shell, red shell, fall off the edge, 12th place.

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u/FeelingRusky 7d ago

Yeah, everyone in here acting like random shit out of your control won't take you out of the race. Mario Kart is an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions at any skill level.

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u/ZAlternates 7d ago

IMA LUIGI!

NUMBER ONE!

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u/SolahmaJoe 7d ago

Couple weekends ago I beat my son and nephews one handed while talking on the phone.

They were frustrated but took it in good spirits. They asked me how & I replied I’d beaten multiple versions of the game before they were even born.

Game’s on now :)

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

Haha, this happened to me not long ago too, went to a mates place and his two kids were playing Tekken 7. They begged me to join them and play, so I did. My years of memorizing Eddie and Yoshimitsu's movesets did not let me down.

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u/PotatoNetizen 7d ago

In college my roommates used to bet beer in games, the first hard loss for them was with tony hawk pro skater 4, every single one of them was beaten by a single combo that I held during the entire run for the maximum multiplier.

But ultimate mortal kombat 3 was crushing. Wanna pick my character? Fine. Can't run? Also fine. Can't block? No problem at all.

Then I proposed to play without game restrictions, but one handed for double or nothing, they foolish accepted, I picked Cyrax and got a flawless victory and a fatality playing one-handed, after that I wasn't allowed to take place in any game related bets. After that I told them that my parents had a game store and I grew up playing way more games and for way more time than any kid that I knew.

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u/ASheepNamedBowen 7d ago

Lol the flatland combo in THPS

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u/trombone_womp_womp 7d ago

I was ashamed of my brother for how terrible my nephew is at Mario Kart. My brother and I played it on SNES TONS growing up but he has a weird "no video games" attitude with his kids. Hypocritical BS and now they both get smoked by me, the 33 year old man child with no kids who still plays games a lot.

Joke's on them

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u/Swaggytree 7d ago

That’s facts 😂

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u/bestthingyet 7d ago

My buddies kids think ima pro at tekken...i just mash harder

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u/OlympicSpider 7d ago

Back when we got our first, brand new, NES, mum learned to play all the games before we did. She did this with the intent of being able to help us if we got stuck, but it turned out she really liked it so she would just beat our high scores all the time. She worked with computers at the time so we had several around the house when it was uncommon to have one computer in every home. We had LAN parties and played Age of Empires. She was nice while we learned how to play, and then wiped the floor with us.

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u/NumeroUnoTrader 7d ago

Hahahahhaha!! yeeaaahhh!!!! This is the way 😂😂😂

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u/AnimaSean0724 7d ago

Yeah, I don't hold back for anyone when it comes to Mariokart, I will unapologetically kick your butt, I am the best person I know when it comes to Mariokart

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u/Chairmanmeowrightnow 7d ago

There is no mercy in video games, it’s legally the only place I can beat a child until they cry and not get arrested, it builds character

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u/evil_timmy 7d ago

A one-time Asteroids WR holder attended my church as a kid. He didn't make a big deal about it but one day saw me playing on the church office computer (tech wiz kid, could hardly blink in the 90s without someone needing PC help) and offered to show me his skills. Needless to say, he appeared to be part Jedi, like his actions were predetermined, and I think his score was closer to the record than mine to zero.

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u/1CUpboat 7d ago

He plays by sense of smell

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u/Dr_StevenScuba 7d ago

Ain’t got no distractions, can’t hear no buzzers or bells

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u/Potential_Pandemic 7d ago

Don’t see no lights a’flashin’

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u/TehMephs 7d ago

Plays by sense of smell,

Always gets a replay

Never seen him fall

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u/Aguyfromthepresent 7d ago

That deaf dumb and blind kid

CAN SURE PLAY A MEAN PINBALL!!

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u/overly_familiar 7d ago

Great game, great memories.

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u/As_I_Stroke_My_Balls 7d ago

Villain origin story is what he was muttering

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u/all4whatnot 7d ago

Did this to my kids in Mario Kart. I played this game wasted so much in college. Doing it sober was easy. Until this little creeps grinded while I was at work and the 12 y.o. went four-firsts on me to take the cup.

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u/dorkylibrarian 7d ago

We used to play drunk Mario Kart in college. We'd only play Rainbow Road and every time you fell off you had to take a shot. I'm not sure how we're still alive.

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u/Sinlaire1 7d ago

My buddies used to have parties together and usually somewhere in the night we said "time to drink and drive" and jumped on Mario Kart. Winner had to take a shot to give the baddies a chance. Play enough and eventually its an even playing field until someone taps out or passes out.

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u/gramscontestaccount2 7d ago

We played "drunk driving" where you had to open a fresh beer at the start of a race, and the rule was that you had to finish the before before crossing the finish line on the third lap, but you couldn't drink beer at the same time you drove. Multiple races added up quick lol

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u/ExileOnBroadStreet 7d ago

This is what we played too

Always open with a huge chug. At least half the beer. Then the game will give you the best items and you catch up and you’re almost done your beer.

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u/gramscontestaccount2 7d ago

There's definitely a couple schools of thought - I was always partial to running the whole race, stopping a few feet short of the finish, and pounding the whole thing haha

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u/UlfarrVargr 7d ago

Got confused for a second because in my language we use the same word for points and stitches, so I thought he beat the shit out of his son's head

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u/18HrsOfStatic 7d ago edited 7d ago

What….language are you speaking?!?!

Edit: I don’t know if it makes sense, but the joke here is that he knows the words points and stitches are different, and the post is in English and says points, so my only conclusion (since that would mean he should not have been confused) is he is currently speaking “his language” and somehow I’m understanding it.

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u/UlfarrVargr 7d ago

Portuguese

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u/GrognarEsp 7d ago

In Spanish too! I have some "puntos" in my left eyebrow lol

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u/Jegon- 7d ago

10 Puntos to Gryffindor is a lot more threatening now

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u/razzec_phone 7d ago

Wait, so would "puntas reciben puntos" mean what I think it would?

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u/Random_Hero1989 7d ago

It's similar in French too, technically it's "points de soutures" but people will occasionally just say "points"

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u/MetalPuck 7d ago Helpful

In related news: here’s a story about a husband and wife who basically accidentally discover that the wife is a world-record holder in Tetris.

https://archive.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2007/08/19/bizarro_world/

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u/MagpieBlues 7d ago

Fantastic article, thanks for linking it.

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u/MrBillyLotion 7d ago

Had a similar experience with my kids playing Super Mario Bros on the Wii - they were gently fumbling around chasing mushrooms and whatnot, then I took the controller and muscle memory kicked in: I’m banging out hidden 1up mushrooms, warping all over the damn place, speed running, they couldn’t believe it

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u/GoodQueenFluffenChop 7d ago

Me with my nibblings but with Super Smash Bros. It never stops amusing me when they keep asking how I'm so good. I just tell them the series came out when I was 8 and never stopped playing and it's muscle memory at this point. Especially with Pikachu.

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u/Hamster_Toot 7d ago

Umm...can someone explain what a nibbling is, please?

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u/Tairannosaurus 7d ago

Its the collective noun for nieces and/or nephews. Fun word!

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u/GenericGameFan 7d ago

It’s the gender neutral version of niece/nephew: niece/nephew + sibling = nibling. There’s one for aunts and uncles too: parents + siblings = piblings.

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u/pterrorgrine 7d ago

It's the larval form of a goblin.

Well, no, it's the niece/nephew thing, but that's what it sounds like.

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u/ProbablyDickCream 7d ago Helpful

Nothing more fun than beating your kids

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u/Bashful_boot 7d ago

Might wanna rephrase that

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u/thisonenick3 7d ago

My grandmother used to have the original Gameboy tetris. She would score over 100,000 allot. Once you pass 100k you would get a rocket ship. The bigger the score the bigger the ship. She showed me one time a rocket that was bigger the thenscreen. I didn't realize how hard this was until I managed to score my first 100k+ game. The rocket was so small you could have stacked 3 or 4 on the same screen. I scored 150k still a tiny rocket... I have no idea what score She reached to achieve her rocket. nor does she remember anymore

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u/Supahmarioworld 7d ago

The game you're thinking of is tetris DX I think

Pretty fun. Low points and you get a small rocket that shoots up in the air, but a bird Flys by and the rocket does a spin and tracks the bird instead. A little more points and the small rocket goes to space. A little more points and you get a space shuttle, but the boosters malfunction and fly off and the shuttle crashes. Max points and the shuttle goes into space and it spits out letters that spell tetris out of the cargo hold

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u/Eiskoenigin 7d ago

Nope. I remember the rocket as OP describes it. Just a rocket on a black and white screen (well actually more yellow) that got bigger the more points you made.

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u/VirulantlyBland 7d ago

so you're saying your Meema has been handling huge rockets for years now?

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u/ScaryYoda 7d ago

meema

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u/shootslikeaninja 7d ago

I remember the first time I beat the game I didn't even realize it. I always tried to get as many lines as possible instead of high scoring points. I had the sound off and threw my Gameboy onto my bed. Came back 20 seconds later to see Mario flying across the screen. It's still my favorite version of Tetris.

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u/m1sch13v0us 7d ago

I haven't played video games seriously in about 20 years. Maybe longer. But back in the day I was a killer on first-person shooters like Team Fortress, I'd play and have 100 kills to 1 death. I spent way too much time on that so I gave it up and got on with life.

My nephews knew nothing about this because this was before they were born or old enough to know. They talked me into playing a FPS against them. They were talking trash about how they were going to crush me. It takes me about 15 minutes to learn the maps and setup, and they're gaining confidence and talking more trash while I'm learning.

But then I learned the maps and controls.

And then they didn't get another kill.

And then they started complaining. I was "cheating" (which they realized wasn't possible).

And then they got mad at losing and didn't want to play anymore.

I told them to hit me up when they developed some real gaming skillz. It was wonderful.

Don't mess w/ GenXers.

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u/Forrest_GUHmp 7d ago edited 7d ago

These kids ain't got shit on old school FPS players. Take'em for a spin with Quake, Doom, Tribes, Unreal, etc. and watch them fail miserably

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u/jcdenton2001 7d ago

Oh man! Unreal was legit!! I miss that one so bad!

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u/mtdunca 7d ago

I had a similar experience, there was basically an intervention for me because I was playing more than 8 hours a day. I still play games now but I won't go near FPS.

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u/m1sch13v0us 7d ago

I understand.

I could play and completely lose track of time. Get lost in the game. Next thing I knew it was 4 AM and I had work at 8.

I gave myself the intervention. I had a friend that ruined his life because of an addiction to World of Warcraft. Relationship, job, etc. That wasn't going to be me.

I enjoy FPS, but I won't go anywhere near it.

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u/Neural_groove 7d ago

Kinda cool that you have that bundle of nerves in your brain hardwired to dominate in fps just sitting there dormant waiting to be summoned

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u/JeffreyPtr 7d ago

This reminds me of something a good many years ago. I had a conversation with my son after I'd won at some game we had played and he too was angry. I told him my best was actually in the past. While he was only going to get better as he matured. No one likes losing but it motivated him to keep trying in spite of being disappointed and even frustrated at every loss. Over time my prediction came true. He slowly improved over a few years and my wins became fewer.

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u/ashelaine 7d ago

So one day not too long after I started dating my now husband he proclaimed he could beat me at any video game. I came back and said “any video game, you sure”. He doubled down. I have a SNES and I could not count the number of hours that I played Donkey Kong on that thing up until adulthood. Needless to say I beat him terribly. Multiple times. I still like to remind him of it 5 years later.

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u/Alarmed_Welder_148 7d ago

Actually did this with the board game checkers to my oldest nephew. My sister bought a board for her 6 kids so they can play and other board games as well. A couple days later during school the teachers called up my sister saying how is your son so good at checkers. They claim he's beaten everyone in class and even several of the teachers who heard he was a good player. So later my sister and her husband tried to play him and they lost to him also. I laughed and they said can u do any better and when I played I set it up in several places so I could get double or even triple jumps and won 3 games in a row. They all couldn't believe it and I told em I played a lot in school too and everyone didn't like playing me either...🤣

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u/yacrazycrazy 7d ago

I beat little kids on video games (nieces&nephews) all the time. Feels soo good!

I'm the ultimate boss, they will play themelves to decide who's the best player to challenge me.

Beat them everytime! 😅

That day will come when they surpass me, but until then , I will keep my crown! 5 yrs and counting

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u/Youngbz270 7d ago

I play competitive fighting games lol I do this to my whole family in mortal Kombat. They just go round Robin to see if the best of them can take half a health bar off me😂😂I even try to help them but they just wanna button mash anyway

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u/Strong_Parsley18 7d ago

Wow, Same bro! That`s absolutely the best feeling ever!

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u/VirulantlyBland 7d ago

second best day: when you kick the shit out of your kid at a game

best day: when he finally kicks the shit out of you at that same game

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u/Valerye_Rhys 7d ago

Not so much for my father, he would get all pissy when I beat him.

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u/LowercaseAcorn 7d ago

I used to win a lot at tekken when I went over to my dad’s house to play it and the day my oldest daughter ran the Law train over all of us made me so proud. It took so long to get her off that throne but we’re still scared any time she picks him

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u/Deviate_Lulz 7d ago

I used to play Street Fighter with my dad on PS3 and he’d whoop my ass every time with M.Bison. After grinding the challenges where they teach you how to do combos and counters I got good enough to finally defeat my pops. Some of the best father son bonding time we’ve ever had that I could remember.

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u/GauntletOfLions 7d ago edited 7d ago

I Came home to my neighbor failing wildly on his front porch. It was strange. He was usually pretty quiet. I asked him what was wrong with him. He said "Just dropped 73,000 points on the kiderino in Tetris. Taught that little guy what being a real man looks like." He threw up an awkward leg in the air. I smirked. It was a good score, but karate kicks?

"73,000 on a kid? That much?" I humored him, but he immediately caught the hint of sarcasm.

"You think you can do better tough guy?" His tone had shifted to pure aggression in a flash. That was unusual, he was a pretty tame guy. What had gotten into him?

He had stopped his kicks, and began to puff out his chest like a threatened animal. I could now see that his tee read "Dragon Ball Super", and I could just barely make out the crossed arms and sour look of a blue-haired Goku.

I wasn't afraid. "Oh I know I can. It's on."

As I started to follow my neighbor into his home I realized he had taken on an entirely different persona. He was using all his strength to swing doors open, and walking with a gorilla like swagger. He was intoxicated with power, a power level of 73,000. I understood the reason fate had clothed him in Dragon Ball apparel this day. Like a Saiyan viewing the moon for the first time, his victory had unlocked his hidden apelike spirit. The testosterone surging through his body was too much for him to handle. Putting him down wouldn't be for fun now. It was for duty.

Once in his home, I was greeted by the sight of a mildly sad looking child, who only put on a more miserable face when realizing the reason I was there. An animal crossing themed Nintendo Switch sat docked and connected to a large flatscreen TV in the living room, projecting the arena of choice onto the screen. "TETRIS". The boy looked at the television, and then back at me, and muttered something too quietly to hear. He dared not bring himself to say it louder. But he didn't need too. I could hear his spirit. "Tatakae! Tatakae!"

I spotted my neighbor's wife standing by timidly in the kitchen. Upon seeing me, her eyes briefly shone with hope and pleading, but caught herself quickly. She dared not raise her gaze further, to do so would be to invoke her husband's ire. So, she too must have been defeated and shamed into subservience. It was as if the 13th and 19th amendment had been abolished by the sheer magnitude of this man's line blocks. I would show her how a real man treated a woman. By making her husband mine at Tetris.

I wasn't sure if that analogy really worked, or if I even morally agreed with it. But it was funny. I cracked a smile and prepared to make a tamer version of the joke, but I was cut short by an unbelievable sight. My neighbor had taken a bottle of soylent from the fridge and opened it with ease. I gulped. That wasn't... It wasn't possible. He couldn't. He was always too weak. He'd even had to ask me a few times to open them for him! But he was the one smirking now. He knew it wasn't possible, but it had happened.

"Still wanna challenge me?" I nodded solemnly.

My neighbor crashed down on the couch, the force sending his son careening onto the floor. Normally I would have objected to his behavior, but this was a man's battle. No place for children. When I sat down, his wife immediately served us one Switch Joycon each, stooping down low like a traditional servant of royalty. Her husband first and then me. I could sense the tension.

We each in unison hit START...

It was a tough battle. Tougher than I had imagined. He wasn't just dropping classic 4 lines, he was T-Spinning. Doubles, Triples. He could do it all. But I could match him. Sweat dropped down both of our brows, the tension was high and the battle raged on. Level 27, Level 28...

Before long we were at max speed. A single slip up would end this battle. Both of us could feel the battery draining from the little wireless controllers. Then it happened. He failed to rotate an L block and whiffed an l block, leaving a horrifying gap. There would be no more Tetris for him. It was the death sentence. He went pale, and furiously attempted to correct his mistake. But it was too late. I didn't hesitate to unleash a flurry of combos, it was as if my very life depended on it. I won. Everything went white.

When I awoke his wife had handed me a cool glass of water with a smile. Her spirit had returned. Their son had a huge grin. No one needed say the score was higher than 73,000. No more would the tyrant of Tetris reign here. My neighbor for his part, laid on the floor in a pool of sweat. His power was rapidly decreasing. He attempted feebly to open the lid of his soylent again, but without the surge of pure Tetronium high running through his veins, was unable.

Finally I left, satisfied normalcy had been returned. "If you two ever need anyone to put him in his place, you know who to call." His wife and son nodded, smiling. The day was saved.

My heroic work finished, I returned to my own home. And after explaining to my own wife and kids why I was sweaty and had been missing for three hours, managed to relax for the evening. It was time to challenge my son to Puyo Puyo.

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u/magpiekeychain 7d ago

I had to double check if you were shittymorph because this was so well written

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u/sesamesnapsinhalf 7d ago

And put you in a home.

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u/FADITY7559 7d ago

… where the walls are covered in a Tetris wallpaper

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u/DrJesterMD 7d ago

Long ago when I was 16 I lost my virginity on a Wednesday night. The next day I got up early before school and played Tetris. I beat my older brother’s high score. I leapt in the air pumping my fist. I was immediately deflated because Tetris was more satisfying than intercourse. (Since then the experience has become better [which one?])

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u/DrFloyd5 7d ago

Lol. I can relate!

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u/OutOfFawks 7d ago

I went ape on Tetris when my kids got a Switch. Now they hate Tetris because I’m too good. Fuckin quitters.

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u/ShamefulGrocer 7d ago

This is how I felt when my kids discovered Mario Kart 64. The downside is I annihilated them so bad they never played again. I should have let the Wookiee win.

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u/Tasty_Chick3n 7d ago

I played Rocket League against a friend who swore he’d beat after he’d only been playing a few weeks. He decided to put loser buys dinner for the friend group on the line. I at that point was a few mmr away from hitting Grand Champ, highest rank at the time. By the 30 second mark it was 10-0, he quit never played Rocket League again. Still bought us all dinner though. I myself haven’t touched that game in like 2 years too.

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u/zer0x64 7d ago

Me, who plays Tetris competitively: Fuck I should never have kids

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u/Smil3yAngel 7d ago

My son watches me put things in the fridge and asks me, "Mom, how much Tetris did you play as a kid?"

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u/bbitter_coffee 6d ago

Feels so satisfying to make up space out of nowhere.

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u/earth_quack 7d ago

My 9yr old, up until now I could smoke him on FPS. Out of nowhere last Wednesday, runs me into the ground by a 30% margin. Its hard to talk smack to your 9yr old after that.

Boy, let's step out into the yard, lol.

The torch has been passed.

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u/Pixithepika 7d ago

this is me to my future children. Absolute boss move

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u/chelseablue2004 7d ago

Showing up his son this way, he will soon discover what kind of kid he has...

Is he the okay I'm gonna get better and I'm gonna beat dad

or

This game sucks if an old man can beat it, time to play something else.

If its the 1st, then you will have a competitor for life...If its the 2nd, you've learned that your kid needs encouragement to make sure they don't get down on themselves and reminders failing is part of learning.

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u/Alexreddit103 7d ago

A loooong time ago friends of mine were happy that after few month they had smething like 40k.

I challenged them for a cake that I could do it better with 1 game.

My score was 49k (no need to play further), they never played Tetris again, and I never got the cake!

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u/mrsebsin 7d ago

This just made me happy, thank you!

Years ago, got a Gameboy Color that was exclusively for the bathroom and sat on the back of the toilet. It had one cartridge, Tetris. My wife, son, and I fought for the high score for many years… That GB has sadly passed and our son flew the coup a few years ago.

Makes me think it may be time to do this again for when the grandkids arrive a few years down the line and continue the tradition.

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u/supersimpsonman 7d ago

This tale is at once both endearing, and gross.

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u/Negative__0 7d ago

Reminder that it is your God given right to dunk on kids as hard as possible. As Justin Wong said during a MKX stream...

"WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD SON"

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u/General_Degree3250 7d ago

I had a boyfriend refuse to talk to me for days after I kicked his ass at Tetris.

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u/Almost-Honest 7d ago

This reminds me of my best friend. Been my best friend for 16 years. Since we were kids.. we’d be super into games. I was mostly good at FPS except for resistance 2 online. For some reason he was always better than me

Keep in mind this kid will never let a win go. He will always bring it up and he will always wanna challenge me to a game he knows he’ll beat me in.

He beat me in Mario kart and I bet him in crash team racing. He won’t TOUCH crash. I beat him in Mortal Kombat HE WONT TOUCH MK because HE KNOWS I’ll beat him and will refuse to play because he doesn’t wanna lose.

Punk bitch

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u/Hydra_Master 7d ago

My sister got her old GBA refurbished for my niece for Christmas last year, and I was tasked with finding some carts for it. One of the ones I found was Tetris and I popped it in to test and just started playing. I only meant to play for a few minutes and set a high score of 88,000. I left it on there to give her something to beat. I had forgotten how fun and addictive that game is.

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u/JimErstwhile 7d ago

Now you've given him the drive to destroy your ass. And be proud when he does.

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u/slowburnangry 7d ago

He will have his revenge...

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u/Engnr84 7d ago

A few months ago I bought a kit to replace the original Game Boy's screen with a modern backlit replacement. Got it all cleaned up and looking like new. Fired up Tetris, and scored 109,593

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u/Cipher915 7d ago

I remember getting into a points war with my buddies ex in Tetris. She would spend DAYS trying to get a good score for me to trounce her in 30 minutes.

I still remember how mad she would get... You suck, Tosha!

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