Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tetris: 25 years and counting

Way before all the new sophisticated computer games like Dungeons and Dragons Online or Age of Empires III, there was Tetris. This simple but addictive game has been considered one of the “greatest games of all times” by Electronic Game Monthly, and has been in the list of the 50 most popular games for the last two decades.

Twenty five years ago Tetris was programmed by Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian computer engineer who worked at the Computer Center of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Along the way, a Gameboy version of Tetris was produced. It was this version that made Tetris internationally popular, so much so, that 35 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide. Also for those of us who don’t already know, the music used in this version of the game is a Russian folk tune called “Korobeiniki”, and a lot of bands all over the world have recorded covers of it.

This game has being played in more than 50 countries and therefore, translated into more than 50 languages. Even though it was programmed 25 years ago, it still current. Recently, Tetris was nominated for Best WiiWare Game 2008 and Best Puzzle Game 2008 by IGN.

Even though the Library doesn’t have books particularly about Tetris, we do have books about computer game programming that might interest you. Who knows, you might be the creator of a new computer game as interesting and lasting as Tetris.

Learning XNA 3.0

Zune game development using XNA 3.0

Racing the beam : the Atari Video computer system

Game boys : professional videogaming's rise from the basement to the big time

Picture yourself creating video games

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