Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Is So Awesome At Tetris He Was Once A Champion At It [Video]

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Steve Wozniak is no stranger to gaming, having met Steve Jobs while working at Atari and even programmed his own version of the classic video game, Pong.

Did you know, though, that the Woz is a huge aficionado of the classic Gameboy game, Tetris. Well, he is… so much so that Nintendo Power magazine back in the 1980s refused to publish his scores anymore because he’d dominated the #1 spot for too long!

In this fantastic video clip shot by Game Informer, Steve Wozniak shows off his awesome transparent Gameboy Light and talks about how he became the country’s greatest Tetris player back in 1998:

I loved Nintendo and games, and when the Game Boy came out in the United States, I bought a whole bunch of them for my kids and a bunch of their friends. I started trying to play and couldn’t understand it, so my young son taught me what a Tetris is and how you get lines — I didn’t even know the rules of the game.

I started playing it and got a little skill…after a while, I was getting better scores than all my friends. Then I started sending my scores into Nintendo Power magazine, and I always had the high score in the country…one time they didn’t want to print my name any more — I’d been in so often. I actually spelt my name backwards and forgot I’d done it, and the next month I saw it in there and got scared because someone else had the high score.

Woz loved the original Gameboy so much that he actually gave them as gifts to President George Bush and the U.S.S.R.’s last president, Mikahil Gorbachev, who certainly should have known Tetris pretty well himself: the game is the world’s most famous Russian video game.

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