While gamers might be lining up to buy Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Modern Warfare 3 this fall, Los Angeles gamer Jonas Neubauer has continued to make headlines on one of gaming’s original killer apps, the iconic puzzle game Tetris.
The 30-year-old gaming champ is one of only three people to hold an officially verified 999,999 “max-out” score on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game. Recently, Neubauer cemented his place as a Tetris master by winning the Tetris World Championships tournament for the second straight year and appearing in the new documentary film Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.
“My Uncle Bill was the one who brought Tetris into my world,” Neubauer recalled. “He owned one of the first computers I had ever seen. This was in the mid eighties and the only game he had on it was Tetris. I was about 7 years old at the time and whenever I visited him, invariably I would play Tetris to see what level I could get to.”
In recent years, this brought Neubauer to posting an official Tetris score to Twin Galaxies, which lead to an appearance in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2011 and last year’s first Tetris World Championships, a multi-player tournament that saw him come out on top over other established Tetris masters such as Thor Aackerlund and Harry Hong.
“What is so incredible about these championships is that I used to pretend I was playing Tetris for a large crowd when I was growing up,” he said. “I would invent an announcer and imagine what he would say about the moves I was making, good or bad. This might be the reason I felt so comfortable playing, considering I’m usually not great under pressure in general.”
Following last year’s victory, history repeated on October 16 when Neubauer won the contest again.
“The first victory was a bit more satisfying considering the movie was being shot at the same time,” Jonas said. “I felt like my memory of the entire process would be that much better if I won it as well. The second tournament had a whole different feel to it. It was a very harsh, brutal format. Players were topping out very early and the whole tournament seemed to pass in the blink of an eye.”
The 2010 tournament and its back-story can now be seen in new film Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, which debuted at film festivals in Austin, TX and San Francisco.
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Ecstasy of Order twice and both times I have been glued to the screen,” Neubauer said. “Aside from the novelty of seeing myself on screen, I was blown away by the compelling story lines of my competitors and now close friends. Adam (Cornelius) was able to tell their story with incredible honesty which made the movie very compelling despite a lack of a true villain. It was an honor to be a part of it and I can’t wait to see it again.”
While standing as the reigning champion of Tetris has put Jonas in the mainstream spotlight, he states that the attention takes second place toward the friendships formed by it all.
“The best part about the movie and tournament is getting to know such a great group of people I would have otherwise not met,” he said. “It is a remarkably warm and gracious community and we always have an awesome time comparing notes and helping each other get better at the game we all love. It is just a great group of people to be associated with.”
To learn more about the Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters film, head to EcstasyOfOrder.com.
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