I really enjoy good documentries, and recently I had the chance to watch “Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters“. I was slightly skeptical at first, mainly thinking it would be dry and uninteresting. It is about Tetris after all, a game that is definitely more fun to play than it is watch.
A little background: I’ve loved Tetris for about as long as I can remember. As a child of the 80s, the game is as old as I am. I’ve gone though several periods of intense devotion to the game at various times in my life, although I’ve definitely spent more time off than I have playing. The game fascinates me, both as a puzzle and as a brain manipulation instrument. There have been several studies done on Tetris, ranging from its suppression of PTSD to its effect on sleep.
Ecstasy of Order has really good reviews, which pushed me through my skepticism and got me watching. Even though it is about a simple game, Ecstasy has a very compelling human interest side that kept me invested. It also shares a lot of technical, historical, and scientific information about the game, making it interesting for the Tetris addict.
Overall, I thought it was an extremely good, well thought out documentary. I’d recommend it to anyone, not just those interested in the game. Its free to watch at the link above, so head on over and give it a view. Let me know what you think if you do!