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Hate Shapes

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean the tetrominos aren't after you.

ENOUGH WITH THE PINK PIECES ALREADY!
The idea of blaming the computer for cheating when you lose at a video game is as old as video games themselves. Most of the time, it's really just an issue of perception. This is not the case with Bastet, a Tetris variant developed by Federico Poloni which, rather than choosing the shapes you'll receive at random, analyzes your playfield and gives you the worst shape possible. In case you were wondering, Bastet is short for Bastard Tetris, a most fitting name indeed.

You can play an in-progress web-based version of Bastet over at The Goto of the Underground. It usually takes several hours of Tetris play before I find myself good and pissed off by less-than-ideal shape selections, but Bastet achieved maximum frustration in a matter of minutes. Truly a feat. So, if your Friday was going a little too smoothly, and you weren't already cursing under your breath, take a couple minutes to see what it really means for the computer to cheat.
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Posted by Ryan
ENOUGH WITH THE PINK PIECES ALREADY!
The idea of blaming the computer for cheating when you lose at a video game is as old as video games themselves. Most of the time, it's really just an issue of perception. This is not the case with Bastet, a Tetris variant developed by Federico Poloni which, rather than choosing the shapes you'll receive at random, analyzes your playfield and gives you the worst shape possible. In case you were wondering, Bastet is short for Bastard Tetris, a most fitting name indeed.

You can play an in-progress web-based version of Bastet over at The Goto of the Underground. It usually takes several hours of Tetris play before I find myself good and pissed off by less-than-ideal shape selections, but Bastet achieved maximum frustration in a matter of minutes. Truly a feat. So, if your Friday was going a little too smoothly, and you weren't already cursing under your breath, take a couple minutes to see what it really means for the computer to cheat.
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Posted by jackgordon

interesting

Edited by norton123

Man things are going too well. I need to rage, I might just try that.

Edited by ReyGitano

Shapes, my only weakness

Posted by Gamer_152

I admire the fact that somebody has made a cheating version of tetris but even as a flash game I think this game has a couple of issue. If they could tune down the control sensitivity, take out the rotating piece glitch and add a score counter then we'd have true awesomeness.

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Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Today was the most boring day EVER for me. I really don't need any more frustration.

Posted by Hughes

SO MANY FUCKING S AND Z BLOCKS

Edited by AndrewB

I dunno. I seriously don't see much of a difference between this and real Tetris.

Posted by erinfizz

Yeah, that was painful. My best score so far is FIVE lines!

Posted by HatKing

Hmm...I hate it...but I suppose that is the goal huh?

Posted by OldManLollipop

Excellent reference there Ryan.

Posted by zig

The bigger problem for me was how oversensitive it is to keystrokes.  I want to rotate the piece once and it spins out of control.

Posted by TehFro

For me, that just compounded the frustration. I'm still not sure whether that was the point or not, but it definitely got me a-cursing.

Posted by RetroIce4

COLLECT TEH PYGONS!

Posted by Razz17

Wouldn't it just simply give you the same shape OVER AND OVER AGAIN!? or like 20 of one shape and then another 20 of another shape until you start doing it's bidding?

Posted by Snail

Bastard Tetris II: The bitch which is this game returns.

Posted by MattyFTM

After playing it for 2 minutes I've decided it wasn't worth losing my mind to a game.

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Posted by Crono

pink pieces and a system that picks worst possible pieces, yeah, this guy is an asshole lol

Posted by RichardLOlson

Well the game was crap.  I didn't like it at all and the fact that most shapes piss me off is bad enough.  Although.......there is maybe 3 shapes I do like:

1. Circle-----> (Boobs)

2. Oval------> (Vagina)

3. Diamond------> (Upside down = a pussy)

Posted by Geno

Lol, didn't seem much harder than a regular game of tetris.

Posted by Excuberance

Call me crazy, but I actually quite liked the idea...

It makes the tetris experience alot more tactical, since you have to make sure you can handle all shapes, all the time. Forces you to put shapes in bad places too, and makes tthe game actually hard, without just sending the speed through the roof.

Not great controls though...

Posted by ZombiePie

I played it for about five minutes and decided that I didn't want to ruin my day.

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Posted by ahoodedfigure

I have never been prouder of a lower tetris score.  It's got this kung fu vibe where you try to get all meta figure out what it THINKS will be the worst.  I think I got something like 300 points once--  heh.

Posted by dsplayer1010

Haha

Posted by bekern

I can't get past 3 lines hah. It keeps giving me those damn squares! Those aren't good for anything :(.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Pretty neat idea actually, piss me off quickly though.

Posted by Erdie

I've played a similar game to this here http://www.rrrrthats5rs.com/games/stacked-odds/

Same thing, annoying tetris.

Posted by twosided

Man, eff this game.

Posted by TobyD81

Yeah, that definitely sucked, but in an interesting way. It kinda feels like the controls are a little wonky too, like not only is the game giving you the worst piece, but it also is trying not to let you put it in a decent position. Also, I like the return to Game Boy Tetris rules: no pansy ghost pieces or infinite spin.

Posted by AkumaX

FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

Posted by Pkshields

AAAhhhhh. Don't like game...

Edited by DXSSI
Edit: (Current high score = 11 LINES!)

That was an exhilarating first game.  Even going in knowing full well that the game was going to spite me, I couldn't shake the years of training I've had in placing tetriminos the "correct" way, and got buried pretty fast.  I did manage 2 lines, though.

I like how the game seems to have a sick sense of humor, stringing and baiting you along.  I finally gave up on getting that Tetris and blocked off the work I'd done, and then I got a straight I-shaped piece as my very next drop.  ROFL.  Although the game creator must be a little dylsexic, 'cause he seems to have mistaken L's with J's and S's with Z's in the game's debug code.  Not that it affects the gameplay at all.

Razz17 said:
"Wouldn't it just simply give you the same shape OVER AND OVER AGAIN!? or like 20 of one shape and then another 20 of another shape until you start doing it's bidding?"
Nope.  With I's, L's, J's, O's and T's it would be very easy to place the pieces and play endlessly.  S's and Z's, arranged vertically, would force you to wreck your first line, but thereafter everything would fall into place for easy doubles.  Any variation of that scenario would be quite a bit easier than the game is at present, and perhaps even easier than regular Tetris.
Posted by Optiow

Sounds funny!
I sounds like a frustrating game.

Posted by McQuinn

I wouldn't be so damn hard if the controls didn't suck so much.

Posted by Seram

Bastard Tetris is quite fitting.

Posted by PercyChuggs

Like someone else said, the controls are way too loose. Not only do you play against the pieces, but against the controls as well.

Posted by ThePrince

Damn this game to hell!

Posted by End_Boss
RichardLOlson said:
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Well the game was crap.  I didn't like it at all and the fact that most shapes piss me off is bad enough.  Although.......there is maybe 3 shapes I do like:

1. Circle-----> (Boobs)

2. Oval------> (Vagina)

3. Diamond------> (Upside down = a pussy)

"
LULSOFUNAY. OW8NO.
Posted by Media_Master

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