Tetris turns 30 today, and to celebrate that it is time to look into six interesting facts about the simple game. This one game has gone on to become one of the most popular games in the world. All the different games consoles have a version of it, and it has inspired the creators of games like candy Crush Saga and Bejewelled.
The game actually took two years to reach the West. It was originally created in 1984 by Russian Alexey Pajitnov. He made it with little coding needs, and it had no levels or point scoring system to begin with. He just realized how addictive it was. It was coded on an Electronica 60, and friends helped to get it to IBM, so its popularity could spread.
It was only when it reached Hungary that it caught the attention of the rest of the world. Hungary created versions for the Commodore 64 and Apple II, and then the British firm Andromeda wanted the rights to it. It was only after these negotiations that other versions could legally be sold through various licenses.
People only started to love the game after Nintendo created a version for the Game Boy. This was in 1989, five years after the initial game was created. Over 35 million copies were sold because this one company created a mobile version of the game. It helped that Nintendo had gained the console rights just two years before that.
The fourth of the six interesting facts about the simple Tetris game is that the creator of the game never initially received any money for his game. A government that disbanded gained the rights, and kept him out of licensing and the finances. Pajitnov moved the United States and set up The Tetris Company in 1996. The licenses were then sold from there, with the help of others, and he was finally paid for his hard work and creativity.
The brand has protected itself after this. In 2009, Apple was forced to pull a game called Tris from its own iTunes App Store. The game was too similar to the simple block game, and did not have the licensing rights. The company continues to protect itself at all times.
Psychologists believe that the only reason the game is so popular is because people love tidying up. It is a psychological feeling of satisfaction, which has been likened to scratching an itch. However, that does not explain the reason for The Tetris Effect, where people see the game when they close their eyes. Psychologists believe that this is the need to solve problems and puzzles that keeps people playing and picturing how the shapes will fit together.
The game is extremely simple to play, but has seen variations over the years. There have also been a number of games developed from the original design. It is 30-years-old today, and continues to sell in various forms, whether it is people playing on their smartphone, computer or games console. The above six interesting Tetris facts are just some of the little known ones about this very simple but addictive game.
By Alexandria Ingham