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Skate Group Takes 'Tetris' to the Streets



It was only a matter of time, really, before mankind witnessed the glorious nexus of extreme sports and classic video games. And, much like other, similarly epoch-making events, the fruits of such a marriage could not have been more sublime.

Some skaters from San Francisco have put together a stunning video of their escapades, in which they cavort up and down the hills of the city on their boards, with massive, neon-illuminated 'Tetris' "blocks" attached to their heads (video after the break). The visuals of the brilliant neon against a San Fran street-scape are mesmerizing, while a pulsating electro score and elegant editing only heighten the sensory experience. Perhaps most impressive is the skaters' ability to somehow interlock themselves into a 'Tetris' mosaic at the end.

It's always refreshing when someone toys with the standard 'Tetris' medium in new, aesthetically pleasing (or sometimes bizarre) ways. This particular rendition of reality video gaming certainly isn't replicable by the uncoordinated, non-glow-stick-owning population, at large. But the fact that an entire mini-genre of viral performance art has sprouted up around a cultural touchstone as basic and technologically ancient as 'Tetris' speaks, above all, to the astounding game's astounding timelessness. As with a contemporary hip-hop artist sampling a classic Motown hook, any nod to and reinvention of a bygone era never fails to bring a smile to our faces. [From: StreetLevel]

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