Bricks falling down
was is Indyeah’s crown
Tetris is the name
A highly addictive game
Happy Birthday Tetris!!
DO read the history of Tetris HERE.
Today is the day when Tetris first made its appearance in the gaming world.
25 years later it still stands as a unique and addictive game, quite different from the rest in the gaming world.
This game from childhood is the only one I remember clearly.
Oh!I do remember the other ones like Prince Of Persia, Pac Man , Need for Speed, Max Payne and so many more …
But Tetris was the addiction of a little 11 year old girl
Addiction to the point where I had reached all the different levels of Tetris (hail the
addict champion! ) and was the undisputed Tetris champ in my home
Pacman was fun but very pointless . (which game was not? )
”If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music. ”-
British comedian Marcus Brigstocke on the controversy regarding the influence of video games on children.
While Prince Of Persia was good all that blood and gore didnt exactly appeal to me. One misstep and wham you were whacked into pieces by a blade OR fell on spikes and that was THE END.
Err..this prince looks very different from the one I saw in the earlier games
*ahem* maybe I need to play this game again
Anyway back to Tetris which is celebrating its 25th Birthday this week
Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about this game. (link) (And if you did then just humour me and pretend that you didn’t okay? )
1.The game was completed on June 6th 1984 by Alexander Pajitnov, a programmer at the Moscow Academy of Sciences who worked on the game in his spare time.
Pajitnov created the game on an Elektronika computer. The brand usually involved Russian technicians trying to create clones of foreign products not available in the USSR, most notably knock-offs of the Nintendo Game & Watch.
2.The name comes from a combination of tetromino (any shape consisting of four squares joined together by their edges) and tennis. Tetromino itself comes from the Greek word tetra (meaning four) and domino.
3.As well as being the game’s name, Tetris is a verb meaning the action of clearing four lines from the screen at once (which, in the standard edition of the game, is only possible with the straight line shape)
4.Though originally released on the PC, Tetris earned its biggest popularity on the Nintendo Game Boy on which it sold around 35 million copies, roughly half its overall total.
5.In a 2007 list, games site IGN called it the second best game of all time, beaten only by Super Mario Brothers.
6.Despite Nintendo acquiring the exclusive console rights to the game, Sega briefly released a version on the Mega Drive. It was quickly withdrawn after legal pressures and the few copies in existence are now valued in the thousands of dollars.
7.Unlike most games, there’s no ultimate ‘win’ or ‘completion’ in Tetris. In 1988, a science masters student wrote a thesis concluding that the random nature of the shapes which appears mean it is impossible to develop an infinite winning strategy and that it is inevitable that players will lose eventually.
8.Despite famously making little if any money from the game, Pajitnov once said (translated) “Let me tell you my opinion on free software: it should never have existed [and] today should not exist.”
9.Brain scans of Tetris players show the game trains people to use their brains more efficiently, in some cases increasing performance seven-fold from the same level of energy. (Please notice *ahem*this very important point and all Tetris fans join me in applauding this earth shattering observation )
DO WATCH the video Tetris from Russia with love HERE
(specially if you are into gaming)
The video tells one about the history behind the game of Tetris quite nicely.
you can watch it on YOU TUBE in parts 1st PART
And now go and play a game of Tetris..
IF only for the sake of sentimentality.
How many years has it been since you did?
PS:- oh!and also I love Need for Speed …. so no need to rack your brains on my birthday …..just gift me the latest edition of NFS