Tetris is ubiquitous. Cross-platform and cross-generational, there will be few people — gamers or otherwise — for whom the falling blocks aren't instantly recognisable. So it stands to reason that references to the game are increasingly commonplace in contemporary culture.
Here are three videos that use Tetris as a jumping-off point for different forms of artistic expression. One musical, one comedic, and one artistic.
I hope they are new to some of you, and that you enjoy them as much as I have.
1. Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris
Pigwiththefaceofaboy (aka Dan Woods and Donald Newholm) rightly scooped two awards at the Super Shorts International Film Festival 2010 for this wonderful video. It's the story of the Soviet Union told through the eyes of a worker — and it's set to Korobeiniki.
It comes in at over six minutes. The first time I saw it I was about halfway through before I really understood where it was coming from — but by the end I loved it, and I've watched it countless times since.
See for yourself:
2. Best Tetris ever!
From what I understand, if you're putting together a collection of themed videos it's practically mandatory to include at least one from a wacky Japanese TV show.
This is a comedy sketch, in which a frustrated presenter attempts some entirely fictional but highly amusing levels of everyone's favourite block-dropping game.
For those easily offended, be warned there's a little bit of swearing in the subtitles.
3. The Original Human Tetris Performance by Guillaume Reymond
This is a lovely piece by Guillaume Reymond that must have taken an age to put together. It's a stop-motion video that uses people in the place of tetrads, and plays out a game of Tetris. I particularly like this for the sound and music, which, while simple, are extremely effective. It's art, friends!
Well, those are my favourites.
If anyone has any other interesting or funny Tetris-inspired videos, please add them in the comments — I'd love to see them.