Decades have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union but many technological and cultural objects produced in that period continue to exist in our lives.

one of these objects is a world-popular video game which we all know: TETRIS

Alexey Pajitnov was born in Moscow in 1956 as a Soviet citizen. He studied applied mathematics at the Moscow Aviation Institute, he then went on to work on speech recognition at the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre.

His interest in polynomials and puzzles was his starting point. In 1984 he managed to develop a game that combines these two habits. This game, which will conquer the whole world after a little while, is named Tetris(a combination of tetra and tennis).

Tetris consists of seven pieces of geometric shapes called tetriminos, which are formed by combining four square blocks with various combinations. A random sequence of Tetriminos fall down the playing field. The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetriminos, by moving each one sideways and/or rotating by quarter-turns, so that they form a solid horizontal line without gaps. 

Evolution of Tetris

Tetris is one of the rare games played by both men and women, as well as the elderly and young people.

The game has a simplicity that reflects Soviet functionalism. Still, after thirty years, Tetris maintains its addictive appeal.

Of course, the cultural contribution of Soviet thought to Pajintnov, the creator of the game, is clearly visible, but Tetris has been able to reach large audiences thanks to the GameBoy.

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In 1991, the Soviet regime, which has been suffering for the last few years, began to crackle. At that time, Alexey Pajitnov left the academy in Moscow and began writing codes for western companies. After a while, he moved to the US. Pajitnov, one of the living legends of the computer world, continues his work in the US.

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