Tuesday, 02 Jun, 2009 Technology

Tetris to Celebrate 25th Anniversary This Week


The popular classic computer game Tetris, this week turns 25. The game in which players have to rotate different falling blocks in order to connect them at the bottom of the screen was developed by the 29-year-old old programmer Alexey Pajitnov. The programmer said he was aware of the fact that his game would be very popular after he could not stop playing it.

After 25 years from its creation, Tetris managed to sell over 70 million copies worldwide and is still very popular. The game was available on almost every game platform, including such platforms as Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, WonderSwan Color, and the ZX Spectrum.

Tetris was launched commercially on Nintendo's Game Boy handheld console. The company gave the game for free to everyone who bought the console. In an interview that Mr. Pajitnov gave to the Guardian newspaper, the programmer told about how he came up with the idea of creating the game. He said that he simply wanted a break from the work on a large Soviet computer Elektronika 60.

"I started to put together all kinds of mathematical puzzles and diversions that I had loved all my life. The program wasn't complicated. There was no scoring, no levels. But I started playing and I couldn't stop," said Mr. Pajitnov.

He believes that most of the games that were created back in the 80s and 90s lost their popularity simply because their authors or owners were not concerned about them. The Tetris creator did not make a lot of money until 1996, when he finally received the rights to the game. Currently the game continues to be popular and available on Nintendo's DS series.

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