Tetris is 25 years old today

Tetris turns 25 today June 6, 2009. It was created by Alexey Pajitnov in the year 1984 and released on the 6th of June. Throughout these 25 years, Tetris has been moulded in countless versions, on countless platforms and has been played by countless people all over the world.

The name Tetris actually comes from Greek word “tetra” (as in four) and “tennis” (as in sport). For those, like me, who did not understand the tetra part, it actually represents the number of segments in a Tetromino. As for the tennis part, that’s Alexey Pajitnov’s favorite sport.

Tetraminos in Tetris are made up of four segments
Tetraminos in Tetris are made up of four segments

For all the time I played Tetris, I never realized that there were four segments per Tetraminos. Don’t look at me, I was never a big fan of Tetris. I used to hate this game, but I have to say. The simplicity of this game is amazing…

Tetris still stands the test of time. Kudos Alexey Pajitnov.

One thought on “Tetris is 25 years old today”

  1. Tetris is one of my favourite games. I love the Ubuntu version, Gnometrics. I rediscovered the game last year by browsing through the list of games available on Ubuntu (I had no internet connection). It was a pleasant surprise and I soon got addicted to the game.
    Happy 25th anniversary tetris and kudos to the creator, Alexey Pajitnov.

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