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Tetris Turns 30 This Year: 15 unknown and interesting facts

Many people's favourite pastime is turning 30 this year. Tetris remains enormously popular to this day, and because...

Tetris Turns 30 This Year: 15 unknown and interesting facts

Many people's favourite pastime is turning 30 this year. Tetris remains enormously popular to this day, and because of that it is still available for nearly all video game consoles and operating systems, as well as mobile phones, music players, PDAs, graphing calculators or non-media products like oscilloscopes. At the time, it was the first successful entertainment software that came out of the former USSR and was imported to the US. In January 2010, it was reported that this game had sold over 170 million copies and continued to top the charts of various Top 100 Video Games of All Time.


 

1.The author of the game is Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian engineer.

 

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2.Rumour has it that, when Pajitnov created the game while working at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the game immediately became so popular and addictive that the officials had to lock copies recorded on floppy discs.

 

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3.The game's legal history is a mess, with computer companies buying and selling the rights without proper authorization. Pajitnov did not see any royalties until a decade after it was made.

 

4.The original Tetris tune was actually a reworked Russian folk song named “Korobeiniki.”

 

5. Regardless of how hard Tetris fans try, it is impossible to win this game.

 

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6. In 1992, John Brzistowski posed the question in his thesis whether it would be possible to play Tetris forever. As expected, his answer was negative.

 

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7. People organize Tetris World Championships and the game they play is NES Tetris, a version that is considered to be the canonical classic version of this game.

 

8. The highest score achieved in this game is 999,999. Anyone getting near to this result is probably a certified master of Tetris.

 

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9. The name “Tetris” was coined out of two words - tetra (from the Greek word meaning “four”) and tennis, Pajitnov's favourite sport and pastime.

 

10.The importance of the game was emphasized at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, when Tetris blocks were used to construct the word “impossible” at the ending of the ceremony.

 

11. Once, Robert Maxwell, the media mogul, set out a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in an attempt to buy the rights to this game.

 

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12. This popular and addictive game was translated into more than 50 languages and was played in well over 50 countries.

 

13. A working version of the originally-produced game is kept at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, proving it is more than just a game: It’s a work of art!

 

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14. According to BMC Research Notes, doctors and scientists have noted the positive effects the game has on your brain. The journal states that this game helps players develop a thicker cortex, which increases brain efficiency.


 

15. As there are numerous versions of this game, the smallest one was played with an electron microscope at the Department of Physics of Complex Systems in Amsterdam, which used 42 glass microspheres

 

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