The Time Steve Wozniak Was So Good At Tetris, He Had To Change His Name

Steve Wozniak was a lot of things. He was a talented electronics engineer, programmer, inventor and technology entrepreneur who, along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, co-founded Apple in 1976. But, as it turns out, “Woz” was also an avid gamer. His favourite game was of course, Tetris, the best selling video game of all time.

In fact, he was so good at it that he had to change his name in order for Nintendo to keep printing his name on its Nintendo Power magazine.

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According to his official website (, Steve Wozniak was extremely good at Tetris on the Gameboy system and had his name listed in Nintendo Power magazine a few times in the early 1990s. But after some time, because no one could reach his top scores, they stopped printing his name on the issues. So Woz started submitting his entries with his name spelled backwards, “Evets Kainzow” and they printed it!

“When I saw the issue, I’d forgotten that I’d sent it in and was worried that someone was challenging my own level!”

His current high score is 702,000 and his goal is to some day reach 750,000!

Bonus fact: Steve Wozniak once gave a Gameboy to Bush when he was in office. A month later, Bush had heart problems and he was transferred to hospital where he was shown on TV playing with Woz’s Gameboy.

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