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Advanced Tetris Gameplay

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We've covered Tetris Shelving and Tetris Shower Stalls, but I think it's time to share some hardcore Tetris knowledge and killer gameplay.

The only resource you need is tetrisconcept.com, which has a Tetris wiki containing a series of insanely technical articles about Tetris strategy, including: general technique, non-overstacking construction (also known as the thing I can never do right), the elusive zangi-move, and the nearly mind-blowing article on tactical rotation. Or perhaps you just want to play forever? It can be done. (Depending on how loosely you define "forever.")

I have to admit -- I'm mediocre at best at Tetris. Seeing all this material online makes me think that perhaps after years of study, I might master it...but I probably have better things to do. So what does a top-level Tetris game look like? I found the following video via the always-enjoyable Anarchaia. It starts out "pretty fast" and gets "crazy fast" around three minutes in. Towards the end (a bit past five minutes), the player enters some sort of invisible mode, where the stack of pieces (sorry, tetrominoes) is invisible. Invisible, I'm saying. And this player ("TGM HOLiC aka Jin8") still totally rocks it. Check it out, if you dare:

If that last video hasn't caused some kind of Tetris-induced panic attack or organ failure, you'll probably like this one.

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

[h/t Compete]

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