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posted by LaminatorX on Sunday June 08 2014, @01:19PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the LTszoI dept.

Time Magazine reports that thirty years ago, a little game about dropping geometrically strange thingamajigs originally clusters of punctuation marks into neat, lookalike rows kicked off on a wild journey that led it out of a metamorphosing Soviet Union to the United States. That game, dubbed Tetris after the Greek word for the number four, is today one of the most popular video games of all time going from "blockbuster" sales of 2 million already by 1988 to over 425 million paid mobile downloads today. "I never imagined Tetris was going to be this successful," says creator Alexey Pajitnov. "The simple, yet addicting nature of Tetris still has me playing it a few times every week. I meet fans from around the world who are also as passionate about Tetris as me, and there is no doubt in my mind Tetris will continue to expand and bring its classic appeal to new players in new ways and on new devices, whatever they may be."

Peter Hartlaub says that the problem with writing a tribute to "Tetris" is that there are no great moments associated with it which is pretty much the point of the game. It's about taking the player out of the moment, and into a sort of high-functioning intellectual limbo. "Tetris isn't about letting your mind wander to a different world: It's about shutting it down altogether," says Hartlaub. "It creates almost a meditative state. The DNA of Tetris, still popular in its own right, is evident in some of the most popular games in 2014, including the equally escapist "Bejeweled" and "Candy Crush Saga." Tetris perfected downtime, and this was no small thing. In defending my role as pop culture critic, I often try to explain that there's honor in making someone's BART commute seem to go by more quickly. Some of us create fine art, others craft a way to pass the time."

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  • (Score: 1) by My Silly Name on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:20PM

    by My Silly Name (1528) on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:20PM (#52943)
    today one of the most popular video games of all time going from "blockbuster" sales of 2 million already by 1988 to over 425 million paid mobile downloads today.

    Hmmm. Has anyone actually ever paid for Tetris? I always thought it was pretty much in the same ballpark as wump.

    Anyway, I still prefer Rodents' Revenge... :)
  • (Score: 2) by TrumpetPower! on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:32PM

    by TrumpetPower! (590) <ben@trumpetpower.com> on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:32PM (#52947) Homepage

    ...here it is implemented in HTML 5:

    http://mrcoles.com/tetris/ [mrcoles.com]

    Cheers,

    b&

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  • (Score: 1) by stephenw32768 on Sunday June 08 2014, @03:32PM

    by stephenw32768 (2735) on Sunday June 08 2014, @03:32PM (#52961)

    ...Tetris plays you!

    Yeah, it's a lame meme; but it's also the title of this fantastic tribute to the well-known music: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02457 [ocremix.org]

    -Stephen (not associated with OC ReMix, other than being a fan)

  • (Score: 1) by looorg on Sunday June 08 2014, @05:22PM

    by looorg (578) on Sunday June 08 2014, @05:22PM (#52982)

    Just imagine all the hours of productivity that have gone down the tubes due to this one little, amazing, game. But I'm sure it must have given something back to in the way of relaxation and new ideas.

  • (Score: 2) by SlimmPickens on Sunday June 08 2014, @05:35PM

    by SlimmPickens (1056) on Sunday June 08 2014, @05:35PM (#52986)

    alright, whose looked at two parked cars and thought how nicely one of those T shaped blocks would fit?

  • (Score: 1) by legont on Sunday June 08 2014, @07:38PM

    by legont (4179) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 08 2014, @07:38PM (#53011)

    http://rt.com/news/164360-soviet-tetris-30-anniversary/ [rt.com]
    The excuse for the design was hardware testing.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @08:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @08:16PM (#53019)

    we should use this space to list the tetris games we like most, right?
    (please include computer/operatingsystem in the info)

    Also how many tetris games have you made?

    • (Score: 2) by Lagg on Sunday June 08 2014, @10:47PM

      by Lagg (105) on Sunday June 08 2014, @10:47PM (#53055) Homepage Journal

      Hilariously enough I don't even really like Tetris. I wrote an implementation on two different occasions anyway. It's just that much of a "hrm. I feel like writing a game" project and is a big part of its legacy without a doubt.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @11:36PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @11:36PM (#53067)

      I think one of my favorites was supertetris for dos
      I like how it pushes the levels prefilled blocks up
      Personally I only made two very simple tetrises

  • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Monday June 09 2014, @09:40AM

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 09 2014, @09:40AM (#53173) Journal

    Great, now that it's back in the lime light again, hollywood is going to make a "blockbuster" movie about it.

    • (Score: 2) by bugamn on Tuesday June 10 2014, @02:13AM

      by bugamn (1017) on Tuesday June 10 2014, @02:13AM (#53526)

      Something like this [youtube.com]? Or would you rather have this one [youtube.com]?