The Random Yak

Time-Waster Thursday: Hatetris

Filed under: Frivol,Time Waster Wednesday — Random Yak @ 12:21 pm on April 22, 2010

To everyone who’s ever caused me lost sleep, lost peace or lost time:

Here’s your payback.


Like tetris, but now it’s personal.  Instead of handing you pieces at random, the Hatetris AI evaluates all your options, and gives you the statistical worst-case-scenario…EVERY TIME.  (Remember how you always thought the tetris AI withheld blocks just when you needed them most?  Now it really does.) In other words…if you try to stack up the left side while you wait for that stick to drop and fill the hole on the right…it literally never will.  Why? Because unlike Tetris, which you only thought wanted you to fail, Hatetris does want you to fail.  In fact, it’s designed to ensure that eventually (and usually sooner rather than later) you will.

Ask not for whom the failboat sails.  It sails for thee.


  1. I already have a fav time-wastrer: Freecell Zen. I can zone out just click-click-clicking mindlessly on the way to another “You’ve won” (or whatever inane thing is pasted up for folks who need to feel some sort of accomplishment beating a mindless game). It’s a soothing, simple way to disconnect my mind and just flat, without programming in blather from the Mass MEdia Podpeople Hivemind via TV or some other such abomination.

    When I want to engage my mind again, I can grab a book or fire up some real music (I no longer read and play music in the background, since the longer I listen the more complex and rich Beethoven or Schubert or Mahler get–or is it that my listening is becoming more acute as my hearing falters? :-))

    Comment by David — April 22, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

  2. If I am late for the raid tonight it is all your fault.

    Comment by darcee — April 23, 2010 @ 10:00 am



    Don’t tell Gryzvwald, he’ll turn this into a new and horrifying addon.

    Comment by Random Yak — April 23, 2010 @ 11:17 am

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