When Alexey Pajitnov put the finishing touches on Tetris 26 years ago Saturday, he had no way of knowing his modest video game would become Russia's most entertaining export. Yet June 6, 1984, has become a landmark date in the history of videogames: That's the day the then-29-year-old computer programmer completed his first playable version of the fiendishly addictive game that would launch a thousand clones.
What made Tetris different?
The game was graphically elegant and easy to grok. To play, you arranged seven different kinds of falling blocks into a tower without letting them pile too high. The game was so straightforward and simple that anybody could pick it up, yet as play progressed Tetris became more and more challenging. The game's simplicity and appeal has made it the archetypal videogame: referenced in popular culture, studied by scientists and still wildly popular.
Tetris was unlike any other videogame, mostly because it was (and still is) played by as many women as men, as many adults as children. More than 125 million copies have been sold so far on more than 50 different gaming platforms, which Guinness World Records recognizes as the most versions of any single videogame.
The first version of Tetris
在科学院，帕基特诺夫的工作是包括诸如人工智能和语言识别的计算机科学研究。在业余时间，他喜欢玩拼图和数迷游戏。当他的部门获得一台新的Elektronika 60电脑 (俄国仿制PDP-11的产品) 时，他开始为他玩的几款拼图游戏设计电脑游戏版本。
At the Academy, Pajitnov's work involved computer science research like artificial intelligence and speech recognition. In his spare time, he loved to play with puzzles and math riddles. When his department got a new Elektronika 60 computer, a Russian clone of the PDP-11, he began to create computer game versions of several of his puzzles.
Since the Elektronika couldn't display graphics, Tetris' tetromino pieces had to be created out of text brackets. But even in this primitive form, Pajitnov found that the game was already tons of fun. Along with some programmer friends, Pajitnov soon began work porting the game to the MS-DOS platform. This version of Tetris spread like wildfire around the world on copied floppy disks, catching the attention of many game publishers.
2010-03-01 22:23 编辑：kuaileyingyu