Still lacks realism
Tetris, one of the most iconic games of all time, has just turned 25.
The game was created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1985, while working for the
Soviet Academy of Science. Pajitnov apparently got a bit bored working
on his Elektronika 60 computer, and the rest is history.
Pajitnov named his brainchild tetris, combining "tetra", and the name
of his favorite sport, tennis. The game went big after being launched
for Nintendo Game Boy, and sold over 35 million copies.
Unfortunately, Pajitnov didn't get much in the way of cash, as the
royalties were claimed by Soviet authorities. After he emigrated to the
US in 1996, he eventually regained his rights.
The game has sold over 70 million copies so far, for a vast number of
platforms, ranging from ancient workstations to mobile phones and PMPs.