Famous Tetris game turns 30
The highly addictive tile-rotating, gap-filling game was arguably the best known title on the Nintendo Game Boy. But did you know that Tetris game is a product of the Soviet state, written by Alexy Pajitnov?
A Little Bit of Background
First released on 6th June 1984, the game was developed while Pajitnov was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre in Moscow. The name ‘Tetris’ was coined from the Greek word ‘Tetra’ and ‘Tennis’, which was Pajitnov’s sport of choice.
As of January 2010 Tetris has sold around 70 million copies on physical media, and around 100 million digital downloads, making it the highest paid-for downloaded game of all time.
Distributed for release on Commodore 64 and IBM PC, Tetris was the first entertainment title to be exported from the USSR to the USA. It is the most widely-ported game appearing on almost all operating systems with a GUI and video games consoles. Tetris made its way onto the Game Boy half a decade later in 1989.
To mark the 30th anniversary, a partnership between Ubisoft and SoMa Play will see Tetris arriving on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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