The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World

Posted: September 14, 2016
The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World
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The Game that Hypnotized the World. I wholeheartedly agree with The Tetris Effect's selection of the word "hypnosis" to describe an activity that has claimed at least 5,840 hours of my life. To this day I still fall into a momentary trance whenever I hear something that sounds even remotely like this. And yes, dudes, that video really does continued for 10 hours. With the song on a constant loop. How long did you watch it for? More than 5 minutes? Then you'll definitely want a copy of The Tetris Effect.

The Tetris Effect isn't just a tribute or a fluffy behind-the-8-bit look at high scores and wacky accounts of dudes not sleeping or eating, and peeing in empty Coke bottles while they played the game for 5 days straight. It's an origin story, and a rags to riches tale of "an obscure Soviet programmer," his Fairy GodTetromino, and the Great Gamers of Oz.

Tech reporter Dan Ackerman narrates Alexey Pajitnov's story, from his conception of Tetris as a teenager in communist Russia, to the days British, American, and Japanese moguls began clawing through the Iron Curtain to buy its rights, to its current status--baked by almost $1 billion in sales--of Best Damn Video Game Ever.

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