With its hypnotic soundtrack and colorful tile pieces, Tetris quickly became an addictive game when it was released in 1984. Fans of the game can thank Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov as he developed it while working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.
He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game's pieces contain four segments) and tennis, his favorite sport. It was the first entertainment software to be exported from the USSR to the U.S., published by Spectrum HoloByte for Commodore 64 and IBM PC.
Did you ever play Tetris? Those who did could boast the benefit of more efficient brain activity. When first playing the game, brain function and activity increases, along with greater cerebral energy consumption, measured by glucose metabolic rate. As Tetris players become more proficient, their brains show a reduced consumption of glucose, indicating more efficient brain activity for this task.
Even moderate playing of Tetris (30 minutes a day for three months) boosts general cognitive functions such as critical thinking, reasoning, language and processing, and increases cerebral cortex thickness.
The game is available for nearly every video game console and fans can still be found all over the world. Giant Tetris structures have even built been in some cities.
Check out these photos, then get into a Tetris trance by listening to the theme song below!
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