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The Tetris Effect

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The definitive story of a game so great, even the Cold War couldn't stop it
Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, popular video game ever made. But how did an obscure Soviet programmer, working on frail, antiquated computers, create a product which has now earned nearly $1 billion in sales? How did a makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation, which has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a big-budget sci-fi movie, and been played in outer space?
A quiet but brilliant young man, Alexey Pajitnov had long nurtured a love for the obscure puzzle game pentominoes, and became obsessed with turning it into a computer game. Little did he know that the project that he labored on alone, hour after hour, would soon become the most addictive game ever made.
In this fast-paced business story, reporter Dan Ackerman reveals how Tetris became one of the world's first viral hits, passed from player to player, eventually breaking through the Iron Curtain into the West. British, American, and Japanese moguls waged a bitter fight over the rights, sending their fixers racing around the globe to secure backroom deals, while a secretive Soviet organization named ELORG chased down the game's growing global profits.
The Tetris Effect is an homage to both creator and creation, and a must-read for anyone who's ever played the game—which is to say everyone.


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Publisher: PublicAffairs

Kindle Book

  • ISBN: 9781610399364
  • Release date: September 6, 2016

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781610399364
  • File size: 711 KB
  • Release date: September 6, 2016

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781610399364
  • File size: 711 KB
  • Release date: September 6, 2016

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The definitive story of a game so great, even the Cold War couldn't stop it
Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, popular video game ever made. But how did an obscure Soviet programmer, working on frail, antiquated computers, create a product which has now earned nearly $1 billion in sales? How did a makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation, which has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a big-budget sci-fi movie, and been played in outer space?
A quiet but brilliant young man, Alexey Pajitnov had long nurtured a love for the obscure puzzle game pentominoes, and became obsessed with turning it into a computer game. Little did he know that the project that he labored on alone, hour after hour, would soon become the most addictive game ever made.
In this fast-paced business story, reporter Dan Ackerman reveals how Tetris became one of the world's first viral hits, passed from player to player, eventually breaking through the Iron Curtain into the West. British, American, and Japanese moguls waged a bitter fight over the rights, sending their fixers racing around the globe to secure backroom deals, while a secretive Soviet organization named ELORG chased down the game's growing global profits.
The Tetris Effect is an homage to both creator and creation, and a must-read for anyone who's ever played the game—which is to say everyone.


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    Publisher:
    PublicAffairs

    Kindle Book
    ISBN: 9781610399364
    Release date: September 6, 2016

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781610399364
    File size: 711 KB
    Release date: September 6, 2016

    EPUB ebook
    ISBN: 9781610399364
    File size: 711 KB
    Release date: September 6, 2016

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