Note: Take a look up top, oh loyal readers, and you’ll see that my “Why I Love That Bad Guy” segment now has its own page, for quick access to all my beloved villains.
Here we are again, oh loyal readers, with another exciting segment of “Why I Love That Bad Guy“!
Let’s not delay — we’ll dive right in, with this round’s villains, the dastardly Tetris blocks…
Names: The S and Z blocks
Origin: Various Tetris games
History: The very first Tetris game was created in Moscow in 1984. Alongside the other pieces, known only as “I”, “J”, “L”, “O” and “T”, the “S” and “Z” blocks were named for their shape, and have featured in a wide variety of games in 95% of the world. That’s nearly World Domination.
Why I Love Them:
- Like all good bad guys (oxymoron?), they have perfect timing, and will always show up just when you don’t want them to.
- They present a challenge.
- They are mysterious — after all, is the Z block really a Z block… Or is it just an S block in disguise? We may never know…
- Because, as I always say, someone should love the bad guy. After all, maybe all they’ve ever wanted is to fit in.
I Would Love Them More If…
- …they didn’t constantly ruin my game just as I’m nearing my personal record. Jerks…
- …they would do that tricky manuever where you spin them just as they touch base, so that they fit into little gaps nicely. I can never make that work.
- …they didn’t show up with such frequency that the “I” block can never seem to get through. Come to think of it, maybe the “I” block is just evil, too.
Does the music count? I love that music. Doo, do-do-doo, do-do-doo, do-do-doo…
Interesting Fact about the S and Z Blocks:
Did you know that the S and Z blocks are the reason the game cannot be played indefinitely? Due to the game’s random-block generator, the player will encounter these challenging blocks frequently enough that empty squares of playing field will appear. Ultimately, the game is doomed to end.
– Love The Bad Guy