As we all know, Tetris was the game that sold the Game Boy to the world, and one of the key reasons for its success was the fact that the console was portable and could be played anywhere.
Electronics engineer James Newman likes Tetris, but instead of taking the easy option and buying a second hand Game Boy from eBay, he decided to splash £40k building his own gigantic "megaprocessor" on which he plays the famous Russian puzzler.
We're being a bit harsh on Newman, of course - that's not the only reason he constructed the machine, which is 33ft (10m) wide and 6ft (2m) high and tips the scales at roughly half a tonne.
He hopes it will be used as an educational tool, and will eventually be installed in a museum. We're not surprised that he's keen for it to be relocated - thanks to its 40,000 transistors and 10,000 LED lights, the machine consumes 500 watts of electricity at Newman's home in Cambridge, UK. His electricity bill must be enormous.
Despite its size and energy demands, the Megaprocessor isn't actually that powerful - at least not compared to modern technology such as your humble smartphone. Still, as Newman told the BBC:
The machine on your desk may be a million times better than what I have built - but mine is much prettier.
Looks like those ancient computer from the 1950s. I bet he has a 20mb hard disk the size of a fridge.
The ENIAC says hi:
Seems like he made a home & garden version of that...
He really sucks at Tetris, though. And it seems the speed is set to turbo by default. Blocks shouldn't drop that fast right from the beginning...
Reminds me of the 60s Batcave
But... how about playing Disney Magical Tetris from PS1 ?
Because there is a Pentris, not just only Tetris. Kinda challenging also.
"Somewhat less portable"
Talk about understatement!
But is it more powerful than a COLECO?
If he wanted us to be able to go inside a computer to see how it works, he should have built a shrink ray. Putting LEDs on 60-year-old technology just seems pointless to me. Personally, I find my smartphone to be much "prettier" than this hulking monstrosity. To make matters worse, this guy literally might be the worst tetris player in the world.
Considering how the smart phone devs seem to like create versions with bigger and bigger screens, maybe one day were going to go back to this?
it has very little processing power and cost him £40, so why on earth did he build it??
500 watts isn't that big for a modern PC setup.
It's very interesting though.
Too bad half of the fun in Tetris is listening to the music.
Does it take punch cards or is he making floppy discs the size of pizza trays to go with it?
Kidding aside, its pretty impressive what he built.
Cool. I want one for teaching.
@Nintenjoe64 Yeah. Once I upgrade my GPU, my PC will probably consume more than 500 watts!
I wonder if hitting my knee against my nose broke my nose...
maybe that's just ant-man inside a normal computer
Very, very cool! It'll make a wonderful educational tool for sure, and a pretty sweet way to play Tetris to boot. =)
"His electricity bill must be enormous." I doubt that. My computer uses roughly 500W and my mom pays about $130 a month. I don't know how prices are compared to the USA...
Cool, this guy's machine should cameo in the upcoming Tetris movie then.
Watching him play on that is the whole plot for Tetris the Movie
This is an awesome project. As for people wondering why he would "waste time" doing it, because he can, of course! The understanding necessary to create all those sections of a modern processor (in huge scale of course) is impressive.
The gap between the very interesting project and video and the actual content, description and tone of the article is quite embarrassing.
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