Tetris: The Games People Play by Brian 'Box' Brown

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  • Written and Illustrated by Box Brown
  • Published by Self Made Hero
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It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You ll see them in your dreams. Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft. "New York Times" bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce.