Ken and Cathy Celebrate the 29th Anniversary of Tetris, One of the Best Selling Video Games of All Times
I busted Ken playing Tetris on his Nintendo Game Boy AGAIN the other day at his desk. So, when the 29th anniversary date of the game Tetris came up this week, we HAD to talk about it. I knew of the game Tetris, but never played it until recently, so of course, he was teasing me. It’s dubbed as one of the best-selling video games of all times. Did you play it?
For those that don’t know what Tetris is, it’s basically a tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed in the Soviet Union. It was released in 1984.
The Tetris game is a popular use of tetrominoes, the four element special case of polyominoes. Sounds like some type of Math to me, maybe that’s why I chose not to play it!!
The game is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, and PDAs. It was Tetris mania! They have played it on the sides of big buildings [watch it here] and even had serving dishes with the Tetris motif.
While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms as well as the arcades, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Game Boy (as Ken will tell you), launched in 1989 that established the game as one of the most popular ever.