Tetris Effect “Mental Blocks” Mini-Documentary | PS4

Tetris Effect “Mental Blocks” Mini-Documentary | PS4

DR. REX JUNG: Your brain is
really trying to make a fit in reality. This is a thing that our brain
does whether it’s trying to put firewood into a
optimal stack to fit the space or food into a
cupboard or people into a train. That is something our
brain is optimized to do. And so it makes sense that
people would transform that into an analogy of their everyday
life where they are seeing things in their day-to-day life
and imagining items or elements from their life as tetrominoes
that they can perhaps manipulate or organize a bit better. GRAEME HOWARD: First time I
played Tetris — I have an older brother, and already
by the time I was born, I had a family member who
was really into video games. So by the time I even
remember playing games at all, there was already Tetris in the
house in one shape or another. So I’ve basically been
playing it my entire life. The first Tetris games that I
played were on the NES and the Game Boy. But after that, I left for a
while and I came back and really got into a game
called Tetris Plus. And Tetris Plus was a
fun one that I would play. It was on the PlayStation. And in that one, it’s a little
bit of a different Tetris game where you also have this little
anthropologist man that you sort of navigate
through environments. So the first time I started
really seeing Tetris effect, I would also have this
little cartoon professor man who accompanied all of it. And once you start getting to
that higher level and spending a lot more time with the game, then you start to just
see the shapes everywhere. A lot of people see them
when they’re going to bed. But, of course, for me there was
just a whole lot of seeing them everywhere, all the time, whenever my mind is
free to do whatever it wants. You will just have an idle
moment and then the shapes start popping into your head. A large part of it
is just how recently I engaged with the game. I do this it’s a thing that
sort of phases in and out. So if you’ve be playing a lot
of Tetris at the time recently, I think, for me at least,
I’m more likely to see it, whereas if I go away
from it for a while, that eventually
starts to fade as well. And once you get back into it,
it’s like it never went away. As far as I can tell, there’s
no specific trigger for me aside from just playing a
whole lot of Tetris. DR. REX JUNG: It’s
interesting, yeah. The brain will conform
itself to environmental demands, and if you are using your
brain in a certain way for long periods of time,
it will organize itself to meet that
environmental demand. And this individual who is
playing for long periods of time is really creating an
environmental demand that his
brain is trying to meet. GRAEME HOWARD: Pier 21 is
very unique in a lot of ways. It’s, of course, not just TGM,
they have other games as well, but TGM is sort of — that’s
its last bastion here in Japan. It’s where you have a really big
community all in the same place trying to do the same thing,
just get better at Tetris. And you’ve never seen so many
Tetris machines in one arcade. I try to make it out there
as often as I possibly can. I’m pretty busy at the moment,
but I try to get out there every couple of weeks and being in
that environment is really helpful because not only are
you experiencing a game that you love with other people
who have the same hobby, but you can also see
much better players, you know, working their craft
and seeing what they’re doing differently from you and
what you can learn from them. HENK ROGERS: I like to think
that it works the same way as an athlete
going into the zone. If you’re playing basketball
or playing tennis or something, you go into the zone and
your body is playing that game. You’re not thinking. Your reaction time
is much faster than you can actually think. And then your body
is doing its thing. And so I think that being in the
zone you can say it’s a pleasure center, but it’s something
good just like meditation, so I believe that Tetris
can have that same effect. GRAEME HOWARD: The zone I think
is — Tetris is a game that is uniquely suited to putting
people in that mental state I think because the rules are set;
everybody knows what they are. It’s a game that’s so simple
that anybody can understand it. And since it’s engaging in that
way where it immediately brings you in, I think it really just
puts you into that same state you get when you’re very much
focused on any other activity. Of course, it could be running. In my case, I do a
lot of weightlifting. I think a lot of people,
just in their own work, they can get into these mental
states that are very rewarding once you get out of them knowing
that you did well in them. DR. REX JUNG: It’s like being in
flow situation where you don’t even hardly have to think
about playing the game. It just happens
naturally like riding a bicycle. You can do it without
hardly thinking at all. It is so natural to move the
tetrominoes around into place that it seems effortless to
your brain because you have it optimized in your
neural network. GRAEME HOWARD: You get to
experience a couple very interesting things
when you play Tetris. One is, of course, as
you get better at it, you can build something. So you have these seven pieces, and you can use them to create
ideally something that is nice and clean and
proper and stacked well. But you can also use it to
create something chaotic. And you also get to
experience afterwards, that feeling of using those same
pieces to then take it down and clear everything away. And I think you really sort of
get into a mindset that allows you to look at
things in different ways. What can you do with
these pieces that you have? And I think in the sense of
applying that to a creative process, you can look at
what’s at your disposal. You have art supplies or
you have building materials. What can you do
with these things? And I think sort of in that way
it is a game that sort of allows you to leverage that
same creative aspect.


  1. Guys, have you heard about Sony's censoring scandal? They're censoring Japanese games for the Japanese market from their California HQ! Americans have taken over Sony and they'll take away our games! (thumbs up to make this comment visible).

  2. Played Tetris Friends when I was a high school student and have played Tetris for years and it's a fun game when "in the zone"; focused, fast, and competitive. It's been a while since the last time which was 12 years ago.

  3. I’ve been playing the Tetris Effect demo and man, it is a work of art. A genius creating something from the work of another genius. Thank you everyone who made this game possible

  4. just played the Weekend Trial Demo, man the game is addicting!
    definitely going to buy it after Spyro the Reignited Trilogy.

  5. Did 8-4 productions make this video? or was it Sony in house? either way it the cinematographic representations of everyday things that are analogous to Tertris blocks was a joy to watch!

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