Sure, sure… Erno Rubik may have given us the most iconic hold-it-in-your-hands toy/game of the 80s (we love it!), but in the computer world, few can hold a candle to Alexey Pajitnov.
For he, friends, is the brains behind what is perhaps the most popular video game of all time. A game so simple, yet so completely addictive that it could only have come from our favorite decade.
Launched in the Soviet Union in June 1984, Tetris almost immediately took Europe by storm, and then it found its way to American shores, finally, in 1986.
If you are that one person who has never played it, it’s a pretty easy concept. There are six different tetrominoes at play, representing the different ways that four square blocks can be situated with each other. One by one, they drop from the top of the screen. Your goal- (*record scratches to a halt) Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t know how to play Tetris? C’mon!
In the 30+ years since Tetris arrived on the scene, it’s been re-imagined in thousands of different ways, for virtually every platform imaginable. In 1989, it was the included game in Nintendo’s launch of the first Gameboy, and it has since gone on to be a best-selling title for everything from PC to Wii. In all, it’s sold more than 125 million copies in more than 50 countries. There’s even an app for that.
Plus, what other video game do you know of that actually has a scientific phenomena named after it? The Tetris Effect is marked by mental images and even dreams that include Tetris gameplay.
Yeah, been there… done that.
We ♥ Tetris.