Tetris © 1988 Atari Games.
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|Tetris is a classic and easily the most famous puzzle-themed video game of all time and is still one of the most popular games today.|
Inspired by a pentominoes game he played as a child, Alexey Pajitnov created "Tetris" on an Electronica 60 and released it on June 6, 1984 while he was working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the Soviet Union in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game's pieces contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport. The game was ported to the IBM PC by Vadim Gerasimov and started to spread around Moscow.
Due to Soviet political structure at the time, the inventor, Alexey Pajitnov was not able to patent his game and earned no royalties from the game. This also gave rise to many unofficial "Tetris" clones for all manner of machines.
"Tetris" created a rights war when it was released. Several different companies attempted to secure publishing rights to various consoles and due to some miscommunication, Atari (owners of Tengen) thought they had the rights to publish Tetris on the NES. After selling a great number of copies, they found out that they didn't own the rights and had to pull the remaining copies off the shelf. A licensed version was planned but never released. This is a shame as the Tengen version is considered superior to the later Nintendo version. Tengen's version has split-screen multi-player, 2 player versus mode, computer versus mode and co-op mode.
A bootleg version was released by 'Video Games' in 1989 (See 'Updates' for more information).
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