Tetris Turns 30: How the Soviet Union Created a World-Class Puzzle Game

Tetris fanatics meet every month in Denver for intense head-to-head competititon, in 2008. Photographer: Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Thirty years ago at the Soviet Union's Academy of Sciences, Alexey Pajitnov was supposed to be testing a foreign computer to see if it could help Russia further its research efforts. After spending about three weeks writing a program to test the machine's capabilities, he completed what would become one of the Soviet Union's most beloved and longest-lasting global exports: Tetris.

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