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Tetris Turns 25

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the where-were-you dept.

Puzzle Games (Games) 177

teh.f4ll3n writes "25 years ago a Russian (Soviet) researcher thought of one of the world's most popular games. It is now that we celebrate its 25th anniversary. 'Twenty-five years ago, inside the bowels of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow, a young artificial intelligence researcher received his first desktop computer — the Soviet-built Elektronika 60, a copy of an American minicomputer called a PDP-11 — and began writing programs for it.'"

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177 comments

Summary (5, Informative)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183073)

And because the summary doesn't tell you, that researcher was Alexey Pajitnov, who, despite creating Tetris made comparatively little money off of it even though it is one of the most iconic games of all time and helped revolutionize handheld gaming.

Re:Summary (5, Funny)

Millennium (2451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183165)

One of the great travesties of gaming, that. The man got little more than a new computer and a modest bonus.

In America, you get games and play them. In Soviet Russia, you make games and get played!

Re:Summary (2, Informative)

hardwarejunkie9 (878942) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183197)

He also later made a pretty decent little game called Clockwerx which I enjoyed quite a bit as a kid. I highly recommend it.

Re:Summary (3, Informative)

117 (1013655) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183409)

I don't know how reliable it is, but this link [mobygames.com] mentions that Alexey Pajitnov didn't have anything to do with the making of Clockwerx, he simply "introduces" the game

Re:Summary (1)

hardwarejunkie9 (878942) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183457)

Well, I can't argue with that, I just hope he actually got paid for it for once.

Re:Summary (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183297)

One of the great travesties of gaming, that. The man got little more than a new computer and a modest bonus.

In America, you get games and play them. In Soviet Russia, you make games and get played!

Uh, to be fair, it was really the British and the Hungarians that began the ruination of Pajitnov's rights [wikipedia.org] . From Wikipedia:

The IBM PC version eventually made its way to Budapest, Hungary, where it was ported to various platforms and was "discovered" by a British software house named Andromeda. They attempted to contact Pajitnov to secure the rights for the PC version, but before the deal was firmly settled, they had already sold the rights to Spectrum HoloByte. After failing to settle the deal with Pajitnov, Andromeda attempted to license it from the Hungarian programmers instead.

There's no way you could (at that time) stop the same thing happening to an American. I think this history of litigation and the international scene of respect for software rights had a lot more to do with it than him being Soviet. Also, note that he sold the rights to this game to Spectrum HoloByte in Russia so he got the initial money he was looking for at least for Russian distribution rights it seems. Did he really get played or just fail to realize how great his game was? Sad when someone sells oneself so short but it happens even today, doesn't it?

Re:Summary (4, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183723)

I think this history of litigation and the international scene of respect for software rights had a lot more to do with it than him being Soviet.

As a Hungarian, I think if we knew he was a Russian, we'd spread it even faster across the globe. (Note this is 1985, before the fall of the Iron Curtain. We didn't like those guys.)

Re:Summary (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183979)

Wow, you disapproved of the Soviet regime so you were prepared to punish those innocents suffering under it? You sound like a real jerk.

Re:Summary (5, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184051)

Wow, you disapproved of the Soviet regime so you were prepared to punish those innocents suffering under it? You sound like a real jerk.

We were the innocents suffering under it, moron.

Re:Summary (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184457)

Two wrongs don't make a right, moron.

Re:Summary (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184575)

No, but three rights make a left.... And Leftists are what they were trying to avoid.

So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Re:Summary (4, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184877)

I don't think striking it rich by writing a simple but hugely entertaining video game was a road to riches for any citizen of the Soviet Union... was it? Which is the downfall of communism, in a nutshell.

Though he probably wouldn't have got rich in the US either. The school or company would have asserted ownership rights since the computer he developed it on, was theirs. Which is the downfall of capitalism, in a nutshell :)

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28185055)

So you were BOTH innocents, and we have no evidence that HE hated YOU, but evidence that YOU hated HIM. Yup, still a jerk.

Re:Summary (1)

paazin (719486) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185233)

So you were BOTH innocents, and we have no evidence that HE hated YOU, but evidence that YOU hated HIM. Yup, still a jerk.

Reply when you get a clue, AC. Unless you've lived under a true totalitarian regime you've really no place to talk - and I'm afraid Obamanation doesn't count.

It's completely understandable that someone would loathe the citizens of the country that invaded and controlled his own, as a puppet state.

Re:Summary (3, Informative)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183831)

Uh, to be fair, it was really the British and the Hungarians that began the ruination of Pajitnov's rights [wikipedia.org]

It was far more complex than that. The BBC did an interesting documentary about the history and rights issues of the game a few years back (around the 20th anniversary IIRC). They got fairly frank interviews with people involved at the time (including the man himself, some of the developers and business people who were fighting for the publishing rights, and the Russian civil servant whose job it was to play all the suiters off each other). Well worth a watch.

Search for "tetris from russia with love" - if you can't find it to purchase/rent/stream legitimately I'm sure you'll find a copy on your preferred alternative online TV source...

Another kind of Twilight Zone (4, Insightful)

dword (735428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183995)

Wait a minute... are you implying that intellectual property should be considered property? People should get paid for their ideas? On Slashdot? And you're getting modded Informative? *

* the ideas expressed in this post are not my beliefs, they are presented only for their ironic humor

Re:Summary (2, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183735)

Why? I doubt that the authors of Adventure, Rouge, and Nethack got even that. Programs should be free.
Actually I do agree with you. He should have been set for life if not filthy rich.

Re:Summary (4, Insightful)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183785)

Programs should be free.

Yeah, it's not like they take any effort to make and it's certainly not like the creators shouldn't be compensated if they so wish.

NetHack's DevTeam doesn't want money for what they do--awesome. Somebody else does--it's their call.

Re:Summary (2, Informative)

Mooga (789849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183923)

The original DOS version is actually available for FREE [oversigma.com] . It's worth loading up and enjoying old-school style.

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184875)

"The man got little more than a new computer and a modest bonus"

witch isn't fair, but...
the people that *make* games in the west, more often than not, are paid similarly by the people that *own* them.
that is: a salary and, in case the game turns up to be a good game, a bonus.
so in this particular case Soviet Russia is equal to most of the west's game industry.

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183339)

I was under the impression that Alexey was the one who ultimately got credit for the game but it was actually made and devised by someone less senior. I do agree that Alexey and the actual people who invented the game got far less than they deserved. However, Henk Rogers and The Tetris Company did quite well.

Re:Summary (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183345)

Gaming? Tetris was no game. It was a highly effective Soviet plot to destroy the productivity of Western nations. This was achieved both by direct diversion of billions of man hours of work time, and by brainwashing: replacing the normal thoughts of the workers by images of falling blocks even when they were not using the program.

Re:Summary (5, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183483)

Also, Western workers caught by it had a reduced ability to reproduce, thus making future generations smaller and weaker than their Russian and Chinese counterparts.

Re:Summary (4, Interesting)

Xaositecte (897197) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183587)

Isn't this backwards science? The Western workers caught by it are, on average, smaller and weaker than their non-gaming counterparts. If they don't reproduce, then all that's left to reproduce will be the ones who value things like "outside" and "sunlight" more than video games. Their children will share those traits, and the game-players will die off as befits any evolutionary branch with a poor (nonexistent?) reproductive strategy.

Re:Summary (2, Funny)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183571)

And don't forget its evil twin, the Rubik's Cube.

Re:Summary (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183835)

Gaming? Tetris was no game. It was a highly effective Soviet plot to destroy the productivity of Western nations.

Gorbachev: Ah, KGB Agent Pajitnov, how goes Projekt Tetris?
Pajitnov: Uh, not so good.
Gorbachev: Nyet? Why not?
Pajitnov: Yeah you see the Tetris, it did preoccupy them but they have all developed very specialized hand-eye coordination ...
Gorbachev: Meaning?
Pajitnov: Well, they will be better surgeons and ...
Gorbachev: And?
Pajitnov: Well, our superior MIGs may have problems if they figure out how to hook them up to their F-16 fighter jets ... and also ... well ...
Gorbachev: Yes?
Pajitnov: I've read this new American instruction manual called Ender's Game and our problems may be much larger than we initially thought ...

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184067)

Gaming? Tetris was no game. It was a highly effective Soviet plot to destroy the productivity of Western nations. This was achieved both by direct diversion of billions of man hours of work time, and by brainwashing: replacing the normal thoughts of the workers by images of falling blocks even when they were not using the program.

Uh-oh, this web site resembles that remark!

Re:Summary (1)

chapstercni (238462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184123)

Hah... I thought I was the only one to ever see the falling blocks. I played it so much that working on equipment, driving down the road, I was putting that stuff together. Addicting!

Re:Summary (1)

district (1470335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184641)

Yes, I'd heard of the power of the Soviet Block **ducks***

Re:Summary (1, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183369)

Well that is the problem of a Communism and even socialism to some extent. Sometimes people deserve to to be rich, and sometimes people deserve to be poor (sad but true).

Re:Summary (3, Funny)

Andtalath (1074376) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183377)

Also, he's working for Microsoft.
Talk about lousy rewards.

Re:Summary (1)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183683)

He hasn't worked for Microsoft in 4 years.

Re:Summary (5, Interesting)

TinBromide (921574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183421)

not quite true. Since the fall of the soviet union, he moved to the united states and formed the tetris company which holds all rights and gets money from every tetris game made since 1991 or so. While the wikipedia says he didn't profit, thats just because he didn't profit from the NES or gameboy versions.

Re:Summary (1)

OctaviusIII (969957) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184315)

So what you're saying is, Wikipedia is wrong, and rather than correct it there you correct it here? For shame!

No, wait, it's been revised...

Re:Summary (1, Informative)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184637)

You realize that sometimes Wikijerks prevent people from revising an article to present the truth, right?

Verifiability != truth (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185223)

You realize that sometimes Wikijerks prevent people from revising an article to present the truth, right?

Wikipedia has never cared about the truth but about verifiability. It defines an encyclopedia article to contain information that is verifiable against reliable secondary sources. And yes, the Wikipedia article mentions The Tetris Company (or should I say The TetriSCOmpany? [abednarz.net] ).

Re:Verifiability != truth (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185325)

Yes, I know that verifiability is Wikipedia's standard, but there are still power-hungry, freetime-rich jerks who do everything they can to prevent "their" article from being changed from the state they want it to stay.

These individuals, not vandals, are the most frustrating aspect of attempting to contribute to Wikipedia.

Re:Summary (1)

adosch (1397357) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183433)

Agreed. It's a shame he didn't get more rights for Tetris, but I'd say, as a whole, despite the shortcomings with Tetris, he's been pretty well taken care of by the 'Big 2' gaming/computing companies (e.g. Micro$oft and Nintendo); I think he even works for Microsoft (and might still now) doing game design. He's done lots of work on other Nintendo games I know of, too. Happy B-day Tetris. Thanks to you, I'll never throw away my 8-bit NES... ever.

Should Tetris be protected? (2, Interesting)

Late Adopter (1492849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183531)

It seems like one of the more unique situations where protections under some sort of patent law might be justifiable. There's little doubt that the idea was unique and non-obvious, but that upon release, reimplementation was trivial.

Should Alexey Pajitnov be granted exclusive rights to release games with Tetris-like gameplay for limited time? Is it in society's best interest? Or do we benefit more by allowing the knockoffs to continue? After all, there's no clear evidence that lack of rules protection has STOPPED unique and interesting games from coming out.

I'm curious to get people's opinions.

Re:Summary (1, Flamebait)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183771)

Even worse, others would make rip-off clones, and he would try to shut them down legally, yet instead of receiving support for his actions, he would get attacked by online idiots such as the ones at Digg. The guy's a perfect example of a developer who had a good idea and got fucked over by piracy.

Re:Summary (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185285)

others would make rip-off clones, and he would try to shut them down legally

But Pajitnov never got a U.S. patent, and copyright doesn't apply to game rules [copyright.gov] .

Re:Summary (3, Insightful)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183833)

Philo I Farnsworth got screwed out of the rights to Television. Inventors almost always get the short end of the stick, unless they sell out and become businessmen. Who's richer Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak? Edison got rich because he was a great businessman.

Re:Summary (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184379)

Who's richer Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak?

Jobs, but most of his personal fortune comes from NeXT and Pixar, not from Apple. Wozniak did well enough out of Apple not to need to work ever again.

Re:Summary (5, Funny)

SteveWoz (152247) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184801)

But who managed to play Tetris on the 14-story sci-library building at Brown University one cold night?

And who was repeatedly the top scorer at Gameboy Tetris in the Nintendo Power lists? It got to where they wouldn't print my name any more so I sent in the photo of my score spelling my name backwards, Evits Kainzow, and they printed it. This was back around 1988.

So many things to measure and remember life by...

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28185219)

Edison got rich because he was a great businessman.

Edison was a *horrible* businessman. He nearly ruined almost every business that he touched, and only after he was gently pushed aside did the business he owned do well. He always gets thrown out as an example in management classes.

Re:Summary (1)

drinsilence (1019354) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184815)

Don't forget to mention Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov (http://vadim.oversigma.com/Tetris.htm)

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184927)

Alexey Pajitnov, who, despite creating Tetris made comparatively little money off of it

So what? Don't most /.'ers complain about evil authors and musicians expecting to continue to make profits long after they finish their work? He got a computer and a bonus. What else should he have gotten? Should he still be earning royalties for every copy downloaded to a phone today?

Make up your minds. If you're for denying creators' rights to their work after they finish it, be consistent.

Best of Arcade games (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183087)

Without doubt, the best of all the arcade games ever. Who has not tried to arrange blocks even in real life after getting hooked onto tetris.

Re:Best of Arcade games (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183209)

Who has not tried to arrange blocks even in real life after getting hooked onto Tetris.

I know, right? I mean, in high school I got a summer job loading hay bales into trucks just to work on my Tetris skills.

It had the unfortunate side effect of sculpting my upper body into the form of Adonis, and all the attention from women prevented me from playing Tetris as much as I wanted -- but man, my fitting-blocks-into-a-confined-space skills really blossomed that summer.

If you graduated from playing Tetris to moving blocks in real life, you may have had a problem.

Or maybe it's me with the problem, as I simply cannot comprehend the depths of your nerdhood. I bow before you, nerdly master.

Re:Best of Arcade games (2, Funny)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184597)

It had the unfortunate side effect of sculpting my upper body into the form of Adonis, and all the attention from women prevented me from playing Tetris as much as I wanted -- but man, my fitting-blocks-into-a-confined-space skills really blossomed that summer.

Wow, I wouldn't have guessed this guy [youtube.com] was on Slashdot!

Re:Best of Arcade games (1)

teh.f4ll3n (1351611) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183493)

Most certainly is! Ah, the blisters in my thumbs blaying the hand-held day and night, the "come on, you lazy piece of crap, fall faster" shouts while you're still on low levels (and no, hitting down button still wasn't fast enough)... Those were the days...

Re:Best of Arcade games (2)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183547)

Who has not tried to arrange blocks even in real life after getting hooked onto tetris.

Ask Homer Simpson. [youtube.com]

Re:Best of Arcade games (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183965)

Shit.
Tetris is the best game of all time.

Yes, that includes sports, board games, and sexual games.

Re:Best of Arcade games (1)

bFusion (1433853) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184189)

I actually made some shelves with a friend that resemble tetris blocks. Like these [inhabitat.com] only not ridiculously expensive.

who want's frist post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183111)

I want fourth for the tetris :D

In Soviet Russia.... (1)

motherpusbucket (1487695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183117)

oh, nevermind. Happy birthday Tetris! I continue to lose hours of my life playing this classic!

Re:In Soviet Russia.... (1)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183215)

In Soviet Russia, puzzle builds you!

Happy Birthday, Tetris. Lots of good memories playing it on my original Game Boy.

In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183119)

Tetris turns you 25!

errr.. i never got those jokes...

One Quarter of A Century... (1)

hardwarejunkie9 (878942) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183125)

... and still people dress up as tetris blocks for halloween. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUs_IEfRSNQ) Boggles the mind at just how much of a social phenomena that little Russian game is.

Re:One Quarter of A Century... (5, Funny)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183353)

That's just because you go to parties made up mostly of squares.

Re:One Quarter of A Century... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183427)

Touche, sir. Inevitably, however, those Z-blocks will always show up at the exact wrong time.

Re:One Quarter of A Century... (1)

gt6062b (1548011) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184345)

It's slashdot, the parties are overwhelmingly attaended by a bunch of sticks.

If your browser supports SVG (4, Interesting)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183161)

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1)

drkamil (1242294) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183383)

very nice! looks good and feels good, but i have a question to you dear slashdotters: do you know a windows version of tetris that is more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1mvhDVzr7g [youtube.com] quite extreme, but i am looking for a challenge

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184279)

Texmaster [tetrisconcept.com] is a very good clone of the Tetris the Grandmaster series by Arika.

Sadly, you won't be able to find many videos of tetris clones on youtube because of the takedown notices sent from The Tetris Company.

And here is steriogram tetris (4, Interesting)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183395)

Thanks for the link. Here is another interesting version - stereogram tetris: http://3dimka.deviantart.com/art/3D-Stereogram-Tetris-36795242 [deviantart.com]

Re:And here is steriogram tetris (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28185221)

Holy crap, that is bizarre.

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1)

brindleboar (1154019) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183437)

Wow, where did THAT hour go?....

Re:If your browser supports SVG (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183705)

Posted at 11:37AM
(e.g. Firefox) http://www.croczilla.com/svg/samples/svgtetris/svgtetris.svg [croczilla.com]

Posted at 11:52AM
Wow, where did THAT hour go?....

It clearly went into some sort of timewarp where an hour now equals 15 minutes...

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184753)

Since we are talking about Tetris, I suspect that 'hour' was 24 hours and 15 minutes

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184179)

Just make sure your patched [zerodayinitiative.com] first.

Re:If your browser supports SVG (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184375)

My browser supports the game but doesn't seem to do key repeat, which means that at later levels you have to bash the keyboard. It's an interesting concept, but AFAIC it's not there yet.

Oh Great (2, Funny)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183167)

Now I'm going to have the Tetris song stuck in my head all day.

Thanks, Slashdot.

Re:Oh Great (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184311)

Which one? :P

Grrr blocks (1)

Niris (1443675) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183171)

25 years of people waking up screaming in the middle of the night about those god damn Z and square blocks popping up at the most inappropriate times.

I wrote a Tetris game in Java... (2, Interesting)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183251)

...seven years ago; JNLP-enabled launcher and code and whatnot are here [infoether.com] .

It was a great exercise, and among other things it taught me that just because I had skimmed through Game Programming Gems [amazon.com] I didn't really know how to code up a game.

Happy Anniversary (1)

bagsta (1562275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183325)

Happy 25th anniversary Tetris... :)

Ztetris port available? (1)

ghee22 (781277) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183329)

Ztetris by Jimmy Mardell [ticalc.org] for TI calculators is, by far, my favorite version of tetris. I have yet to find [neoseeker.com] another version of tetris that has the option in multiplayer to send scrambled lines to your opponent. If anyone is aware of one, please share! The world of assembly compiled TI-85 tetrising is increasingly becoming lonely.

Re:Ztetris port available? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183947)

The Gameboy Tetris did in multiplayer. =)

Other versions as well, including the short lived arcade version.

Re:Ztetris port available? (1)

MightyMait (787428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184527)

Oh, I remember the glee when somebody discovered the magic button sequence to play Tetris on the Tectronix digital oscilloscopes in EE lab.

Now... (1)

NES HQ (1558029) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183341)

... If only I could get one of those damned long straight blocks to finish my Tetris!

BBC Documentary (5, Interesting)

Orome (159034) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183391)

I'd highly recommend getting hold of the BBC documentary "Tetris : From Russia with love". Link [bbc.co.uk]

Also, there was a game design challenge a few years ago at GDC. Mr. Pajitnov was one of the participants (and the eventual winner I think), and I loved the way he approached the problem

Link [gamasutra.com]

Re:BBC Documentary (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183485)

I'd highly recommend getting hold of the BBC documentary "Tetris : From Russia with love".

Better links:

Torrent 1 [mininova.org]
Torrent 2 [thepiratebay.org] (Big honking file of documentaries, including the Tetris one.)

Re:BBC Documentary (1)

mcubed (556032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185081)

Cool ... thx for highlighting this.

I am not a gamer. On the plus side, that made it much easier for me to ditch Windows some years ago, since I never cared about this or that beloved game that I couldn't play without Windows. On the minus side, it means I generally skip over a lot of Slashdot articles.

But there are two computer/arcade games I love -- Tetris and PacMan. Pong was fun for about two hours, the first time I played it on my friend's dad's Apple something back in the late '70s. I've never grown tired of Tetris, though -- here's to the next 25 years.

25th bday celebration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28183469)

so uh..i hear there's a block party

Pajitnov bad man (3, Interesting)

heri0n (786437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183559)

This is also a guy who screwed his friends over once he made the big bucks. Vladimir Pokhilko [sfgate.com] eventually killed his family and himself. Vadim Gerasimov [oversigma.com] who ported the original game to MSDOS and was one of the original developers did not receive any credit for his work. I have been playing Tetris a lot lately on Nintendo DS and on Facebook and love it. However, I hate Pajitnov for not making this game more freely available. I used to play Tetris on a Korean gaming site netmarble.com (it was also available on similar site hangame.com). These versions were also highly addictive and had a huge userbase (easily over 10,000 users). They were shut down due to threats of legal action from the Tetris company... If Tetris were only released under the GPL... (Hangame has licensed tetris since)

Re:Pajitnov bad man (3, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183855)

Uh, why should he make his game "more freely available?" Why would you hate him for protecting his property so that he can make a living?

Re:Pajitnov bad man (1)

Leafheart (1120885) | more than 5 years ago | (#28185059)

Once I heard someone say on a discussion about a game that were leaving free beta and going to payed production:

- Noone should pay for entertainment. It should be free for all.

I have never been so amused and sad when I realized he wasn't a troll.

Happy Birthday (1)

gubers33 (1302099) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183655)

You can now rent a car tetris.

Tetrinet, anyone? (2, Interesting)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183671)

And who can forget the years lost playing Tetrinet [wikipedia.org] ?

Nothing like playing with a bunch of friends over a LAN or the Internet... Heck, I still remember some of the crazy cheats that were possible by misusing the text box. (They don't work anymore, and most servers will kick you if you try).

I had some nice Tetrinet themes (a few MIDs of the Tetris music, plus a nice "cheater" skin...).

Tetristory (5, Interesting)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 5 years ago | (#28183911)

Two uses Tetris has been put to over the years:

Training through Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) kids with ADD to be able to maintain attention despite distractions.

Preliminary testing of helicopter pilot trainees in the Hungarian air force; testing ability to maintain attention with increased activity. EEG was used to validate the early results, but the after that the game score itself was adequate.

As for Pajitnov not getting his due, it was after all, Soviet Russia. Nobody got, or could even expect, getting something due them across the Iron curtain. This was only a game. There was an complete cyrillic based Apple //e system produced over there for years. The major stimulus for that? AppleWorks 1.3 was being used as the primary inventory data handling app by the Red Army from the unit level up. Version 1.4 was hacked to work on their cyrillic machine. Apple never saw dime one from any of that.

Auto Insurance (2, Funny)

jsnipy (913480) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184271)

Did Tetris' auto insurance rates go down?

Tetris predcessor: pentamino (3, Interesting)

sw155kn1f3 (600118) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184287)

Not sure if this game was any popular in US or Europe, but it was quite popular in USSR circa 80s (for small kids of course). I had the game and very much enjoyed it.
I still have it at my mother's.

Here's the link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentomino [wikipedia.org]

So it's not very hard to guess where the guy got idea from. Of course this takes a lot of luck and genius to turn into addictive game ;)

Re:Tetris predcessor: pentamino (2, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184607)

Pentominos were a prominent plot device in Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth [wikipedia.org] , published in 1975.

I guess (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28184295)

...This guy [youtube.com] has been playing for 25 years then...

Possibly one of the best games ever (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28184849)

Tetris is still simply amazing. It's a shame the guy got screwed out of a load of money because you just knew that nothing he'd create afterwards would reach the awesomeness of Tetris.
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