Happy Birthday Tetris

June 8th, 2009 - 10:55 pm ICT by GD  

Tetris, perhaps the most popular computer game of all time will be celebrating its 25th birthday on 6th June, 2009. A quarter of a century ago on this very day, Alexey Pajitnov innovated a simple puzzle video game, where the player could move from side to side and rotate the falling blocks of different shapes and sizes so as to create horizontal lines of blocks and gain points by eliminating the rows.

From the time the game has come in to being, Tetris has been a regular time-passing or time-wasting staple for millions of people all across the globe. The main reason for the game’s extraordinary popularity is its simplicity and that is what makes it immensely addictive.

At this week’s E3 Expo that was held in Los Angeles, Alexey Pajitnov nostalgically talked about the ‘tetris phenomenon’, which he had created 25 years ago.In its 25 years of existence, Tetris has been the victim of both piracy and imitation. Sometimes issues have also gone beyond outright plagiarism. The Intellectual Property (IP) being very hard to defend in the Soviet Union, made the matters worse for Tetris.

Before he invented the game of Tetris, Pajitnov was a mathematician specializing in AI research at a Russian university. In 1996, Alexey Pajitnov entered a business partnership with Henk Rogers and founded the Tetris Company to manage and license the game. Currently, the duo own the absolute rights to the game and are ready to defend it at any cost against interlopers who are engaged in outright fraud, piracy or plagiarism related to the game.

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