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The Interesting Story Behind the Creation of Tetris

Today’s games are so technologically advanced that in some of them, players can create avatars of themselves, talk to other gamers on the other side of the world, and basically completely immerse themselves in a digital world. In the 1970s and 1980s, gaming was a different beast. In this article, we’re going to talk about one of the most beloved games of that era, how it was created, and its legacy today. Sit back and enjoy the story of Tetris.

Today’s Tetris

Before heading back into the realms of history, let’s discuss Tetris today. Globally known and having created numerous different formats, Tetris is still as popular as ever. Despite the gaming industry changing, moving with the times, and developing, it’s still quite easy to find Tetris on several mediums. For example, in the iGaming world, it has become part of the popular range of slingo games, a mix between slots and bingo. Complete with 12 paylines and 5 reels, this recreation of the cult classic gives gamers the chance to indulge their nostalgic side while gaming. Tetris continues to hold its own as a console game as well as being played each day on the commute to work by smartphone users. But where did it all start out?

Humble Origins

Tetris was created by a Russian developer, Alexey Pajitnov, in 1985. After graduating as a computer programmer in Moscow, he started to create the game in his spare time and eventually had a huge success on his hands. Most famous for its use by Nintendo throughout the 90s, the popularity of the game exploded. Pajitnov experienced the first taste of the game’s success when he visited the States in 1991, and the rights to the game were reverted back to him in 1996, upon which he set up a company to control its licensing. 

Bet You Didn’t Know

Remarkably popular, here are some curious facts you may not have known about the game. Through the years, it’s estimated that over a billion people have played the game in one format or another. Tetris was recognized as the second most popular console game of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records. Although not as popular, but remakes of the games have been released too, such as Tetris 2 and Super Tetris. 

Even though the Tetris music has transcended popular culture, the earliest versions of the game came with no sound. The iconic sound most users associate with the game is called Korobeiniki and derives from a Russian folk tune. It could have all been so different, though, as music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker had been used by Nintendo too.

In an era when technology has transformed industry after industry from retail to banking, it’s amazing to think how Tetris continues to be a success. Having created the game as a part-time project, Pajitnov could never have predicted its success. He has an estimated wealth of a remarkable $21 billion, which is no surprise given the popularity of his creation, and currently resides in the US, where he manages all things Tetris-related. The dream job for a game developer, if ever there was one.

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