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Tetris! A word almost anyone today will be able to recognize and instantly receive a large dose of nostalgia of the old times. Well, maybe not the youngsters, but plenty of us surely will. As most probably know by now, Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game. Tetris was originally designed and developed by Alexey Pajitnov. This stunningly popular video game was first released on June 6, in 1984.

At that time, Alexey worked for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science. This took place in Moscow. As he explained, the name/word "tetris" derived from a Greek numerical prefix tetra, and tennis which was his favorite sport.

What's interesting to know, is that Tetris was first designed to work as a program which had a single task - to help assess the power of Soviet computers. However, 10 years passed until Alexey was finally able to publish his creation. That's most due to the fact that the political nature of that time somewhat forced him to cede the rights to the government.

When we think about Tetris and systems like Game Boy, we wonder if these two were made for each other. However, history tells us something else. Nintendo didn't originally want to pack up Tetris on its system. However, after they finally did release it, the game sold almost 40 million copies on the system.

Fun facts! Tetris has been included in more than 30 scientific studies over the years. A 1992 study found that playing the game helped the brain operate more efficiently. In 2008, Dr. Emily Holmes of Oxford suggested the game could help treat patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And last year, doctors at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre found a variation of the game was effective at treating adult amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye."

Tetris celebrated its 30th birthday in 2014.


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