‘Tetris’ Marks 30th Birthday
For sure, at one point in your life, you have enjoyed the legendary game ‘Tetris.’ It is not dead, yet. In fact, it marked its 30th birthday last Friday, June 6. Without a doubt, it continues to mesmerize and capture the interest of numerous gamers from around the world.
What’s new about it? Don’t be surprised because ‘Tetris’ will soon return to the scene, straight to your living room. Its maker, The Tetris Company has partnered with Ubisoft to release the latest iteration of the game.
To be called ‘Tetris Ultimate,’ the revival of the game is set for a launch in PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in summer. The PC launch of it will follow this coming fall.
The colorful block puzzle game has already sold more than 170 million copies to date. It is estimated that around 100 million of those are being played on various mobile devices. ‘Tetris’ has topped the lists of best video games for many years in the past.
If you are now aware, the game originated in Russia. It was developed and launched in June 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. The first game version was on the Elektronika 60 computer. Interestingly, that old PC had no graphics output. Instead, the blocks were formed out of the usual ASCII characters.
The name ‘Tetris’ was formulated by programmer Vadim Gerasimov. It was actually a combination of the words ‘tetromino’ that pertains to a block of four squares and the game ‘tennis,’ which was the favorite game of Pajitnov. The name was adopted when the game went to the IBM PC.
The birth of The Tetris Company
History had it that the game swept Russia by storm. That was why it logically became popular in neighboring countries until it took the world by storm. It was in 1987 when ‘Tetris’ first hit the US.
Nintendo released the most popular iteration of the game in the late 1980s. That was the Game Boy Tetris. It sold over 33 million copies. The handheld gaming device was made obsolete in 2003.
It was only in 1996 when Pajitnov earned the legal rights to his game. That was also the time that The Tetris Company was established. It immediately claimed all ‘Tetris’ trademark registrations globally.