Jan 22, 2023

From Russia With Love

Tetris arcade flyer
Atari Games (1988)
I've played video games for over 38 years.  If someone were to ask me what game I spent the most hours of my life playing, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to give my answer... it's Tetris.  I'm not even sure that there's a close second.

The Sacramento Bee  (January 22, 1988)

Tetris was created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, but because he was a citizen of the Soviet Union at the time, it took a lot of time and a series of negotiations before it found its way to the western world.  The earliest reference I could find to the game in an American newspaper was from a Reuters article that was published 35 years ago this week.  Tetris began popping up in American arcades and on home computers later in the year, and it made the transition to home consoles by the spring of 1989.  In the years that followed, it would become recognized as one of the most impactful and influential pieces of computer software ever created.