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Tetris at 30: An Interview with the Historic Puzzle Game's Creator

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Game Boy version of Tetris

The Game Boy version of Tetris.

Credit: David L. RyanThe Boston Globe/Getty Images

Thirty years ago today, a little game about dropping geometrically strange thingamajigs — originally clusters of punctuation marks—into neat, lookalike rows kicked off on a wild journey that led it (and its Russian creator, Alexey Pajitnov) out of a metamorphosing Soviet Union to the United States, and from "blockbuster" sales of 2 million already by 1988 to over 425 million paid mobile downloads today.

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