Tetris: The Grand Master - Nullpomino TGM Big Mode (GM) (2011-09-29)





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Published on Sep 30, 2011

Oh my gosh, what to say about this video... Ever since I first discovered "big mode" (on Tetris Party on Wii), I've loved it. On Tetris Party, it's a really fun mode to play and it's challenging, but also not really difficult. But after I discovered big mode on TGM (the way big mode was originally designed), I realized that the Tetris Grand Master version of it was far more challenging and difficult than the Wii version. I actually made the mistake of seeing the world's greatest big mode player (SAL - http://www.youtube.com/user/SAL000000), and thinking that what he was accomplishing looked cool, but I didn't realize at all just how amazing his big mode videos really were. I was talking to Kitaru about it and said something along the lines of "I gotta play and beat that mode sometime". Knowing what I know now and looking back on it all, I realize just how gentle and merciful he was with his reply, lol. He basically told me that it's not nearly as easy as it looks and he wished me the best of luck. But I'm sure at the time he was thinking something like "ok, this guy is good at secret grade and has started doing some cool pattern builds, but jeez, he's crazy if he thinks big mode on TGM is gonna be a cake walk". And if that's what he really WAS thinking, then he was spot on! SAL makes big mode look far easier than it really is!

I'm happy that I can say I finally beat it, but I'm not nearly as happy with the accomplishment as I'd like to be, for several reasons:
1. I've always been my worst critic
2. I wasn't able to complete the staff roll
3. I made a few mistakes I'm not happy about
4. It's not much of an accomplishment compared to SAL (but that's ok too - he's had years of experience with this mode and he's a great inspiration to me)
5. In many of my attempts, I am lucky to reach level 400-500, let alone beat the entire mode consistently
6. Although I completed it, the time it took me to do it was over a minute longer than it takes SAL (I know this will improve if I keep playing/practicing).

You'll see in the video where I made several mistakes I'm not happy about, but you'll also notice where I was able to take advantage of "step reset" a few times which gives extra milliseconds to place pieces and plan moves. Now I just gotta get better with my finesse and make fewer mistakes. This is something SAL is a master of, but it will take me a lot of practice to even come close to his level of skill.

Three things I really want to stress about this video:
1. By the time I cleared into level 700, my heart started racing, my hands started sweating and I was afraid I wasn't going to get much further. By the time I cleared into level 900, this of course intensified even more. But when I reached GM, I lost it. I couldn't keep my composure and ended up totally biffing it on the staff roll.
2. You'll notice I die before the staff roll ends. You WILL see it actually end/finish if you wait.
3. I apologize about the frame rate of the "produced" video. The framerate "in-game" was 60fps and smooth.

The game I used for this is Nullpomino (http://code.google.com/p/nullpomino/). Also, please check out these amazing Tetris community sites for fans/players: HardDrop (http://harddrop.com), Tetris Concept (http://tetrisconcept.net) and Tetris Friends (http://tetrisfriends.com).

I'd like to give a special "thank you" to two of my most supportive Tetris friends: TetrisdAiSuki and Kitaru. Their help with understanding the mechanics of TGM, as well as their encouragement, has been a huge help and comfort while growing in the challenging disciplines of the Tetris Grand Master series. Check out their videos on YouTube too!


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