Today in Tech History: January 29

Today in Tech History: Tetris makes its debut in the US as a PC game on January 29, 1988.

Tetris Game Debuts in US - Tech History

Who doesn't love Tetris? Well, in case you don't love Tetris because you don't know what it is, Tetris is everyone's favorite tile matching video game. Basically you move geometric objects that are shaped like T's, J's, L's, S's, I's, Z's and O's around until you can fit them together in solid rows. The blocks drop from the top of the screen and as you fit them together correctly, they disappear. It may sound simple - and at the time critics didn't think young people would like it since it had no guns or explosions - but it's addictive.

Tetris was designed in the Soviet Union by Alexey Pajitnov and was originally released in 1984. It wasn't until January 29, 1988 that it made its way to the US where it was distributed by an American company called Spectrum Holobyte. The game was released in an IBM PC version and became very popular. Then, after the 1988 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it was picked up by a Dutch games publisher named Henk Rogers. At the time Rogers was based in Japan and, after playing Tetris more than just a few times, he made a deal that eventually led to an agreement with Nintendo that added Tetris to every Game Boy. After this Tetris took the world by storm and the rest is tech history...

Feeling nostalgic? There are now other ways to incorporate Tetris into your life! One of the most coveted gifts at our Christmas party was none other than Tetris Jenga! You can also get yourself a stackable Tetris desk lamp, Tetris magnet set, and even Tetris stress blocks! Want even more Tetris in your life? Check out this list of 10 awesome Tetris inspired products.

On a side note, today is National Puzzle Day and what a perfect day to celebrate! Now, go play some Tetris to celebrate!

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Posted January 29, 2014 by Robyn Norgan