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Happy 30th Birthday Tetris! : Cool Facts You Should Know About the Game

posted 4 months ago

The world of gaming was forever changed when Tetris entered the arena. Many games were released after its success but after thirty years, Tetris remained its popularity even among teenagers today.

Released on June 6, 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris is still going strong and has no plans of backing out to any game currently available in the market. This deceptively simple yet challenging game has been released for nearly all gaming consoles ever released. It was even accessible before in my Mom’s graphing calculator. Tetris is just as popular as it has ever been.

  • Tetris has sold over 40 million copies worldwide since its release
  • Tetris theme music is based on the popular Russian folk song “Korobeiniki”. It is based on a poem about a young pre-revolution Russian haberdashery seller
  • Brain imaging showed that playing Tetris may lead to a thicker cortex. Making your thinking power much higher
  • Tetris Effect occurs after playing the game for an extended period of time. If you experience strategizing how to put objects properly or even dream of the game while you are asleep, then you’re in for a ride
  • Tetris is a portmanteau of the words tetramino and tennis
  • Craigslist had advertised the game’s special training lessons for Tetris last 2009
  • Technically you can’t “win” Tetris. Topping out is inevitable even for advanced players
  • The Tetris World Cup actually exists! They play NES Tetris as pros consider this as the canonical classic version
  • The highest score in NES Tetris is 999,999.
  • Tetris was the first of its kind to ever be exported from the USSR to the USA
  • The game’s legacy in Russia’s culture and history was shown at the Sochi Paralympic Games 2014. Tetris blocks were used to spell the world “impossible” in the closing ceremony.
  • Tetris sold a whopping 35 million copies on the Game Boy. Game boy and Tetris made each other popular. One does not exist without the other. Bow.
  • The 1987 PC version has a “boss button”. It can pull up a generic spreadsheet on your screen to make others think you are working. Now that’s a badass feature!
  • Media mogul Robert Maxwell tried to buy its rights. His son was not happy that it was bought by Nintendo.
  • The smallest ever version of the game was played under an electron microscope using 42 glass microspheres at the Department of Physics of Complex Systems in Amsterdam.

Tetris is here to stay. That’s a fact. Your grandmother, mother and your sister surely enjoys it every now and then. It is one of the few things that bridge the past, the present generation and the future to come. Happy 30th Birthday Tetris!

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