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    Tetris

    Here is a problem which bothered me for a long time.
    Is it possible to play tetris forever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    Here is a problem which bothered me for a long time.
    Is it possible to play tetris forever?
    Probably not, but if you are in the correct reference frame you can play the relativistic version longer...

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    presuming the blocks you get are random, if there is a certain order of blocks that are possible to get that makes it impossible to beat, then eventually you will get those blocks.
    for instance if you only get the blocks that are shaped:
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    for long enough, i don't think its possible to keep completing rows.
    in the sense that if you have an empty playing field and only get those, you cannot make any rows.
    now whether there is a scenario that you can set up whereby constantly getting those blocks enables you to keep completing rows, i'm not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aradesh
    presuming the blocks you get are random, if there is a certain order of blocks that are possible to get that makes it impossible to beat, then eventually you will get those blocks.
    for instance if you only get the blocks that are shaped:
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    for long enough, i don't think its possible to keep completing rows.
    in the sense that if you have an empty playing field and only get those, you cannot make any rows.
    now whether there is a scenario that you can set up whereby constantly getting those blocks enables you to keep completing rows, i'm not sure.
    I was thinking about that too, but you did not prove that the Z blocks make it impossible to win.
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    yeah i know, just trying to throw a few ideas into the pan. however, i have just thought if the tetris board is an even amount of blocks wide and you only get Z blocks you can get, say for a board 4 blocks wide
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    then
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    the middle 4 disappear and the two two and bottom three come down to make them all disappear. so maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.
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