Tetris: The Games People Play (Paperback)

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Told in graphic novel form, Box Brown brings us the origin story of Tetris and its creator, Alexey Pajitnov. Alexey worked as computer scientist at the Moscow Academy of Science. It all begins in 1984 over an idea about Pentomino puzzles and human behavior. Eventually Alexey creates Tetris, initially only sharing it with friends. It soon gets everyone hooked and spreads like wildfire. Tetris starts to garner international attention from Nintendo and other software companies. However, in the early 1980s, all business deals were conducted through the Russian government. Alexey would have no control over what is to become of his beloved game and would not even be aware of all the closed-door secret meetings about its future. Tetris: The Games People Play gives us a peak behind the curtain of the world's most addicting game. A must read!

— Jen Steele


It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you'll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You'll see them in your dreams.

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega--game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft.

In this graphic novel, New York Times-bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world's most popular video game.

About the Author

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626723153
ISBN-10: 162672315X
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English