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It’s People. Tetris is Made Out of People!

by Paul Strauss

Everyone’s favorite Soviet block video game has been brought to life using a roomful of people, taking on the roll of the various colored geometric shapes from the game.

Human Tetris

The stop-motion video by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond of NotSoNoisy creative agency is the latest in his series of video game inspired clips, which first gained popularity with Human Space Invaders and Human Pong, and more recently, Human Pole Position.

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Human Tetris was recorded during the Urbaines Festival at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne, Switzerland. The video shoot took 88 people wearing bright Tetris colored T-shirts, and 880 carefully choreographed still images in order to complete the effect. Add one goofy human-generated audio track, and there you have it.

Too bad I just ran out of quarters.

Comments (25):

  1. Overdrv says:

    Really funny: CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. gigi says:

    i love the part when the “screen” clears. Very clever!

  3. Edward Murawski says:

    Very interesting. Love the Russian anthem!

  4. Loupis says:

    If there’s one thing I hate, it’s watching other people play video games. That was entertaining to watch, though!

  5. Rageaholic says:

    That was cool, whoever’s playing sucks at Tetris though.

  6. Skerit says:

    Haha, very true Rageaholic, but I believe, had he been “good” at it, the movie could have been about 10 minutes long :)

    The “pam-pa-pa-pam” was a bit annoying, though … I prefer the real tetris sound any day :)

  7. laura says:

    oh my god, i love it. i was smiling through the whole video, very clever, indeed.

    love the details, too

  8. nick says:

    lol thats weird:)

  9. Mark says:

    Very clever. Well done to all involved.

  10. Jessie says:

    they messed up in a few parts.
    when a line clears, the lines above don’t lose their position and drop until they hit another block. they stay in the line they belonged to and move down.

    other than that, this was awesome :)

  11. Steve says:

    Dude whoever was playing sucked at tetris they only got like 4 lines, i mean come on a blind person could do better than that

  12. Leave it to those Swiss . . . inspired by those erstwhile Soviets . . .

  13. One of the best video’s I’ve seen in a long time. :)

  14. mark says:

    Reminds of the sex-tetris game with different positions

  15. technabob says:

    I guess I’m glad I never saw that one.

  16. Emrys Fitton says:

    Heh, a brilliant undertaking, and it really paid off.

    The person who choreographed this needs some practice though. Maybe I should lend him my old game-boy. ^^;

  17. vicgorothy says:

    women soccer
    8 VIDEOS

  18. coffee buzz says:

    They should make Human Tetris into a real video game — NES original of course

  19. Alastair says:


  20. adam says:

    NEERRRDDDD. i loved it

  21. aldrine says:

    i love tetris rank 100 na ko

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