Tetris is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union. He released it on June 6, 1984 while working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow, Russia. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game’s pieces, known as Tetrominoes, contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov’s favorite sport.
While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Game Boy launched in 1989 that established the game as one of the most popular ever. Electronic Gaming Monthly‘s 100th issue had Tetris in first place as “Greatest Game of All Time“. In 2007, Tetris came in 2nd place in Imagine Games Network‘s “100 Greatest Video Games of All Time”. It has sold more than 70 million copies.
The Tetris game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players and now on360NoBS.com. In January 2010, it was announced that Tetris has sold more than 100 million copies for cell phones alone since 2005.
article adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris
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