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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

It's no secret that Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is something of a legend at Game Boy Tetris, but seeing the man in action is something else.

Game Informer managed to infiltrate Woz's hotel room recently, and recorded some footage of him dominating at the popular puzzle title. Woz earns bonus "awesome" points for his Game Boy Light system.

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 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.


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User Comments (14)



Whopper744 said:

I haven't been a big Apple fan but this is pretty cool. Sometimes those old simple games are the hardest to put down. Cool to hear he bought Gameboys for several others including the President.



Nintenjoe64 said:

They are pretty cool stories but nobody likes a show off

Blatantly wants Apple and Nintendo to team up on the next console



idork99 said:

@Joshers744 said "Sometimes those old simple games are the hardest to put down."

According to my Activity Log app on my 3DS, I've spent more time playing Tetris than NSMB2, SM3DL, and KI:U to name a few. So, yeah, I guess those simple games are hard to put down; even after all these years.

Anyhow, I'd already read about Woz's skills in Tetris in other articles but never knew that he'd gifted GameBoys to world leaders. That was very generous of him.



iphys said:

Awesome — always wanted to see him in action. I wish I had a Game Boy Light. Astro Boy, lol.



Xilef said:

That's awesome. Love how he bought a Gameboy for the US president. I wonder how good he was at Tetris...



guest37 said:

notice how gameboy just got smaller. today it gets bigger (the XL models). regardless the resolution was very low so there would be more pixel blur and general blocky pixelation. i wonder if he could beat thor ackerlund, the kid who won the nintendo world championships in 1990. i know for a fact that steve is not even on the scoreboard compared to the japanese players i have seen on youtube. those kids AND adults alike will blow anyone away from america. have you seen those tetris players? steve looks like a little kid in front of them, first discovering a toy. they are the true masters at this game, not steve. checkout justin vs. daigo on youtube



Zombie_Barioth said:

@Joshers744 Man, you got that right. Its almost hard to believe how addictive games as unassuming as World of Goo or Tetris can be.

I find it pretty amusing that he gave a Gameboy to people so high up on the food chain, its hard to imagine the president playing Nintendo.



ecco6t9 said:

Game Boy Tetris a true classic that despite being what most would considered "gimped" has remained ageless and always will.



timp29 said:

Reminds me of the rivalry my Dad and I had on tetris on the original gameboy. He ended up playing it more than I did!



bedouin said:

George Sr. gave it to George Jr. after he cried on the flight back from Moscow.

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