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The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World

Dan Ackerman.
Item #: D03328
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 272 / 2016
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610396110
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Seemingly simple but possessing a surprising depth, Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, popular video game ever made. But how did an obscure Soviet programmer, working on antiquated computers, create a product which has now earned nearly 1 billion in sales? As Dan Ackerman explains here, Alexey Pajitnov had long nurtured a love for the puzzle game Pentominoes, and became obsessed with turning it into a computer game. Tetris became one of the world's first viral hits, breaking through the Iron Curtain into the West. International moguls waged a bitter fight over the rights, sending their fixers racing around the globe to secure backroom deals, but as Ackerman reveals here, a secretive Soviet organization named ELORG chased down the game's growing global profits.

 

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