Tetris first came into our lives in 1984, and we haven’t looked back since. It is one of the most iconic games in history and was created by the Russian game designer, Alexey Pajitnov. The concept is simple, yet everyone seems to love it, and it has since taken over the world. I mean, who doesn’t love Tetris. But if you want to know a bit more about the game, take a look at the things you didn’t know about Tetris…
The blocks have a name
We all know the concept of Tetris – get the blocks into an order that isn’t complete gobble-dee-gook, and that fit perfectly amongst each other. (Even though it’s much harder than it looks). But did you know that the four-celled blocks in the game actually have a name? They are called the ‘Tetrominoes.’ We feel they could have been a bit more creative with those names…
Even the variants have their own name
But as we know in the game, there are different versions and shapes of the four-celled blocks (Seven in fact. You know, the square blocks, the rectangular blocks, etc.) And even these guys have their own names too…they’re called I-Tromino, S-Tromino, O-Tromino, T-Tromino, Z-Tromino, J-Tromino, and L-Tromino. On second thoughts, maybe we’ll just carry on calling them the Tetrominoes.
It could have been pretty complicated
It’s said that Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, originally wanted to design the game around five-celled blocks instead of four. But he eventually decided against it as it got waaaay too complicated.
Although Tetris was first released in 1984 (33 years of fun), the rights to the game were only released by the Soviet government in the mid-‘90s, so Pajitnov didn’t see any money from the game for years after it’s released.
The game was originally released by the software company, AnimaTek and the owner of the company, Vladimir Pokhilko, has often been classed as the co-inventor of the game. But when his company ran into financial difficulties, Pokhilko killed his wife and son, and then himself.