Game Boy / Game Boy Color - Tetris - Points - 557,779 - John Gerard Collins III

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  1. Game Boy / Game Boy Color - Tetris - Points - 557,779 - John Gerard Collins III

    09-19-2021, 06:59 PM
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    Points
    Track
    https://www.twingalaxies.com/scores.php?scores=392
    Rank
    10
    Rules
    You may start from any level 0 thru 9.
    Submission Message
    0:00 Cartridge/console show
    0:18 Boot up
    0:38 Game start
    2:58 100k pts
    5:42 200k pts
    7:42 300k pts
    9:20 400k pts
    10:49 500k pts
    11:40 557,779 pts (pause for closeup)
    12:30 score screen

    Played on Gameboy Pocket, captured via Smartphone




    Broke out Tetris this weekend for the first time in a couple years. For some reason, I immediately started throwing down scores near to my personal best (~516k from 2009), including a couple sure things that turned into awful chokes, so started recording. After about 4-5 hours of play, over two days, dropped a 557,779.

    That's probably pretty close to my limit. This was just about that mythical perfect run, where I got bailed out of every mistake almost immediately. And, I can't play consistently at lvl 20, anyway. I suppose I can conceive of hitting 600k someday, with truly perfect luck. But there's no sign over the past 20 years that my finger speed is somehow going to evolve dramatically.

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  2. 09-19-2021, 07:01 PM
    Darn video took an hour to upload, and now I'm only seeing "this content is temporarily unavailable". Is anyone else able to see the video? Should I attempt to re-upload?
  3. 09-19-2021, 07:48 PM
    I see the video now. Don't mind me, I'm new.
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  4. 09-20-2021, 05:32 AM
    Welcome to Twin Galaxies! Nice run, good stack, clean burns, and some well timed tetrimino's! You were at 253K, out of possible 300k by LVL10 transition, which even on a good day, is difficult to get in the 220-230K for most folks, and some well placed tetrises. I can hardly survive on level 18 with my thumbs, let alone 19, and simply cannot on level 20. Have you tried hyper tapping? You have good technique, I think you could double your speed by using flat, or cross hand hyper tapping, and easily get into the 600-700K range, and even maxout, if you get enough practice on level 20. Voting YES, and once again, congratulations!
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  5. 09-20-2021, 08:10 AM
    Excellent evidence package and description!

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  6. 09-20-2021, 12:58 PM
    Thanks for the welcome, both.

    Andrew: by hyper tapping, do you mean using fingers instead of thumbs? I experimented with flat surface in the distant past, and recall not liking it. But it's probably time to give it another go - I think I'm about maxed out without some kind of paradigm shift. (Though I have to admit, I can't understand the idea behind cross-handed. Is is just a matter of preference, or is there a mechanical benefit?)

    Since I'm not very strong at high levels (honestly, small mistakes at lvl 14-15 often spiral out of control for me, hence the pained grunts in that video), I used to be super aggressive about converting every tetris I could at lower levels. I actually have a 281,192 through 99 lines (on the way to my previous best of 516,865), and a 280,089 through 97 lines. Always wanted to hit the magical 300k by 100, but I honestly don't know if the RNG will even allow it.

    I don't play that way any more, though. Got sick of 99% of my runs dying in their infancy due to being unwilling to compromise as the stack got out of control.
  7. 09-20-2021, 02:18 PM
    Accepted....
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  8. 09-20-2021, 05:12 PM
    Yes, hyper tapping is using your index, middle and ring fingers, as opposed to thumbs, the reason being is dexterity, which adds for speed. It's like comparing the speed of typing on a keyboard using your fingers, to texting on a phone with your thumbs, which is dramatically slower. Not only can you apply speed, using the muscles in your wrist and forearm, down through your fingers for quicker button pushes but you can use 4 individual digits, requiring less overall movement, and relying more on muscle memory, so you can focus more on your stacking at higher speeds, without worrying about what your hands are doing.

    It took me about 2 weeks to play flat hyper tapping, which I normally do now(more comfortable and easier on the wrists) with my left hand on the d-pad, and right hand on A and B. Then I started playing cross handed after I noticed the majority of the pros do it, because the d-pad requires more strength and dexterity, which if you are right handed, is much easier to move those pieces and ridiculously high speeds. It also rewires your brain into using your right hand to control the directional pad, as most people have done on computer keyboards, for decades.

    This takes much more time to adjust to, but is easier, if you start playing flat on a table with your wrists resting on a surface, looking down from above. I got it after about an hour a night of practice for 2 weeks.

    As for your stacking, and strategy, aggressive play is totally fine before level 10 transition, but you can't continue to play that way, unless you can move those pieces in the blink of an eye, after level 15. There's only a handful of players who can do it with their thumbs, and only ONE(Alex Holbrook) to maxout with their thumbs. The rest of the top players, use either cross hand, or flat play hyper tapping. A good thing to remember, is that time is relative, and if you are moving those pieces where they need to be, in only a fraction of a second, that gives you time to think about where your next piece should go, and strategize by having time to look at the board, overall.

    You also have the right idea by keeping your well open on the left, when getting tetris ready. I would utilize a double well strategy on higher levels to manage burns, as GameBoy Tetris RNG is literally the WORST iteration of almost all ported versions, and definitely the most unfair lol.

    If you are interested in more tips and tricks, the top 10 players, and myself, have set up a discord with literally everything you could ever need to know to master the game, and we always love contenders for future competitions and new players to provide input. Players like MJ Hakomaa, Ben Mullen, and Alex Holbrook are there, and 4 members have maxed out since joining. Just let me know if you are interested in checking out, I can send you and invite if ya wish. Cheers!
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  9. 09-20-2021, 06:12 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewRay View Post
    Yes, hyper tapping is using your index, middle and ring fingers, as opposed to thumbs, the reason being is dexterity, which adds for speed. It's like comparing the speed of typing on a keyboard using your fingers, to texting on a phone with your thumbs, which is dramatically slower. Not only can you apply speed, using the muscles in your wrist and forearm, down through your fingers for quicker button pushes but you can use 4 individual digits, requiring less overall movement, and relying more on muscle memory, so you can focus more on your stacking at higher speeds, without worrying about what your hands are doing.

    It took me about 2 weeks to play flat hyper tapping, which I normally do now(more comfortable and easier on the wrists) with my left hand on the d-pad, and right hand on A and B. Then I started playing cross handed after I noticed the majority of the pros do it, because the d-pad requires more strength and dexterity, which if you are right handed, is much easier to move those pieces and ridiculously high speeds. It also rewires your brain into using your right hand to control the directional pad, as most people have done on computer keyboards, for decades.

    This takes much more time to adjust to, but is easier, if you start playing flat on a table with your wrists resting on a surface, looking down from above. I got it after about an hour a night of practice for 2 weeks.

    As for your stacking, and strategy, aggressive play is totally fine before level 10 transition, but you can't continue to play that way, unless you can move those pieces in the blink of an eye, after level 15. There's only a handful of players who can do it with their thumbs, and only ONE(Alex Holbrook) to maxout with their thumbs. The rest of the top players, use either cross hand, or flat play hyper tapping. A good thing to remember, is that time is relative, and if you are moving those pieces where they need to be, in only a fraction of a second, that gives you time to think about where your next piece should go, and strategize by having time to look at the board, overall.

    You also have the right idea by keeping your well open on the left, when getting tetris ready. I would utilize a double well strategy on higher levels to manage burns, as GameBoy Tetris RNG is literally the WORST iteration of almost all ported versions, and definitely the most unfair lol.

    If you are interested in more tips and tricks, the top 10 players, and myself, have set up a discord with literally everything you could ever need to know to master the game, and we always love contenders for future competitions and new players to provide input. Players like MJ Hakomaa, Ben Mullen, and Alex Holbrook are there, and 4 members have maxed out since joining. Just let me know if you are interested in checking out, I can send you and invite if ya wish. Cheers!
    What about atari tetris for arcade? That s**t is brutal
  10. 09-20-2021, 06:23 PM
    That's TENGEN Tetris, lol even more rushed than GB was hahaha
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