Tetris

13-Year-Old Is The First Person Ever to Beat Tetris, Sky News Host Downplays The Achievement And Smugly Tells Him To “Go Outside”

The idea of someone actually beating a game like Tetris was thought to be simply a dream, but that’s no longer the case as 13-year-old Tetris player Willis Gibson from Oklahoma, US, achieved the impossible. The teenage Tetris player went through 157 levels of the classic NES game on a CRT TV and reached the game crashing “kill screen” and if officially the first person to beat the game in 34 years.

The teenager achieved this from start to finish in a 42-minute video on YouTube, which gave us a look at his reaction, which was honestly so wholesome and cool to watch. “Oh my god, yes! I’m going to pass out,” Gibson said to himself while almost hyperventilating and shocked that he actually beat Tetris on NES.

It’s an achievement that’s worth celebrating, that is, for most normal people anyway, though, as 51-year-old Sky News host Jayne Secker covered the Tetris news today, a clip of the end of the segment posted by VGC’s Chris Scullion on Twitter went viral as the host criticized the child. Secker, a grown-up woman working in traditional media (seemingly with nothing better to do), decided to take the extra airtime to downplay Gibson’s achievement, stating that “beating Tetris is not a life goal” and for Gibson to “step away from the screen, go outside, get some fresh air.”

In response, many noteworthy people in the game industry criticized the British host’s embarrassing take on this incredible accomplishment for the young lad. It’s another example of old media not giving video games, a mainstream hobby, the respect they deserve. Outdated opinions and mindsets like this one emphasize a lack of expertise in this field at traditional news organizations like Sky News, and it’s disheartening to hear every time.

“”Beating Tetris is not a life goal,” but neither is being a TV presenter. Your goals are your own, and you could do much much worse than being the first-ever human to ever achieve a feat of skill, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination once thought humanly impossible,” Rami Ismail said in a quote tweet to the Sky News clip.

“As a Dad, I can safely tell you if Kit beat an unbeatable game and set a world record at 13, I’d be incredibly proud. That comment was so outdated and in such poor taste to basically punch down on a child I’m almost [at a loss] for words. How is this reporting the news?” Jimmy Bowers added.