Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Talks Tetris And Giving Game Boys To World Leaders
Posted by Damien McFerran
He's rocking an awesome Limited Edition Astro Boy Game Boy Light, too
During his demonstration, Woz speaks about how he was introduced to the title and his subsequent high score fame:
I loved Nintendo and games, and when the Game Boy came out in the United States, I bought a whole bunch of them for my kids and a bunch of their friends. I started trying to play and couldn't understand it, so my young son taught me what a Tetris is and how you get lines — I didn't even know the rules of the game.
I started playing it and got a little skill...after a while, I was getting better scores than all my friends. Then I started sending my scores into Nintendo Power magazine, and I always had the high score in the country...one time they didn't want to print my name any more — I'd been in so often. I actually spelt my name backwards and forgot I'd done it, and the next month I saw it in there and got scared because someone else had the high score.
Woz also recounts how he gifted Game Boy consoles to two of the most powerful men in the world — US president George Bush and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. Now that's a boast not many people in the world can make.
You can check out the video on the Game Informer site, and it's well worth a watch not only for Woz's impressive block-busting talents, but for the history he gives about his love for both the game and its host system.