Wednesday, June 6, 1984
Tetris is a 2D puzzle video game. Tetris was developed by Alexey Pajitnov, Dmitry Pavlovsky, and Vadim Gerasimov and is the first piece of entertainment software to be imported to the United States from Soviet Russia.
Players score by arranging the pieces such that as they fall to the bottom they eliminate rows. Playing pieces are composed of four square segments that can come in any two-dimensional arrangement. Pieces come as fore segments ordered successively to make something like a stick, or placed together to make a arge square, or an ‘L’ shape.
The objective is to make solid rows of blocks, which then disappear. Players can move the pieces left and right, and they can rotate the pieces by 90 degree increments. Rows with gaps remain until those gaps are filled, even if that means having to remove newer rows first. As playing pieces drop in from the top, you rotate them to fit in with the pieces that have already dropped, thereby eliminating rows.
YouTube’s ‘The Incredible History of Tetris’ video
A short video documentary detailing the history of Tetris
YouTube’s ‘Tetris: From Russia with Love’ video
Full documentary of Tetris: From Russia with Love