13-Year-Old Makes History as First Person Ever to Beat Original Tetris: ‘I Can’t Feel My Hands’

The gamer, known as Blue Scuti on social media, posted his achievement to YouTube on Tuesday

A 13-year-old says he has accomplished what no video-gamer has ever done before — he beat the original Tetris!

The user, who goes by the handle Blue Scuti on social media, posted his historic game to YouTube on Tuesday. In the video, he reached the game’s “kill screen,” something only previously achieved by an AI bot.

“Oh my god, oh my god,” the player can be heard saying about 39 minutes into his game — at a time when the tetrominoes were dropping at breakneck speed, and seconds after he almost misplaced a block and blew his chance at winning the game.

But after the kill screen froze, the bespectacled gamer then covered his mouth and began to breathe heavily as he took in the moment, which played out on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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He then readjusted his glasses and added to no one in particular, “I can’t feel my hands. My hands feel tingly, I can’t feel my hands.”

The Tetris prodigy is partial to using a relatively new technique called “rolling,” in which he holds the controller in such a manner that he can press the D-pad up to 20 times a second, according to 404 Media. Previously, players favored the “hyper-tapping” method, the outlet reported.

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Blue Scuti seemingly hoped to share his victory, in which he notched the top score of 999,999, with someone else — but no one else appeared to be in the room when he made history. “My mom’s at work,” he said.

His mom, however, eventually shared in the moment when she appeared on camera as he showed her what he achieved. “You can see I crashed the screen,” he said before getting a high five from her.

The win was bittersweet for the teen, who dedicated the game to his father, Adam Gibson, who died Dec. 14, 2023, per 404 Media.

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