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The Story of Tetris | Gaming Historian

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In 1984, during the Cold War, a Russian programmer named Alexey Pajitnov created something special: A puzzle game called Tetris. It soon gained a cult following within the Soviet Union. A battle for the rights to publish Tetris erupted when the game crossed the Iron Curtain. Tetris not only took the video game industry by storm, but it also helped break the boundaries between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Intro – 00:00
Part 1: Pajitnov – 01:49
Part 2: Into the West – 10:03
Part 3: The Red Box – 17:19
Part 4: Enter Nintendo – 23:50
Part 5: Capitalism – 33:38
Part 6: Endgame – 44:12
End Credits – 55:38

In 1995, AcademySoft and Elorg’s license to Tetris expired but Elorg had filed copyright and trademark registrations for Tetris around the world and claimed it controlled the rights to Tetris. Henk Rogers founded Blue Planet Software and partnered with Alexey Pajitnov. In 1996, Blue Planet Software and Elorg (through an affiliate) formed The Tetris Company, LLC to serve as the exclusive licensor of Tetris so that the Tetris brand could continue to be commercialized. Over 425 million copies of Tetris have been sold on the mobile platform alone.

Henk and Alexey founded Tetris Holding and in 2005 acquired Elorg and all of its assets for $15 million.

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End Credits Music by Andrew Lippens –

Tengen advertisement provided by the Video Game History Foundation –

Telex machine footage –

Original Tetris footage provided by Sergei Frolov –

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  1. See like I said Stein is doing it all for money he never made a payment and kept selling rights and making money yea thats a scammer

  2. I wish their was a mode on the Gameboy were it didn't speed up that always screws me over around 65 to 70 thousand as 1 mess up and its over in less then 2 minutes

  3. Yea nothing was signed because of Stein not listening and thinking a verbal agreement is just as good as a contract

  4. Stein is so dumb all this could have been avoided if he wasn't so stupid and not understand what a computer is and then selling rights to a game he doesn't own then they go on to sub license it their also dumb but not as dumb as stein I believe he knew all along what computers are and game systems are but wanted to just make money and alot of it and by he went about things shows that

  5. TetrisDoge is a crypto where you play Tetris and earn Doge.

  6. The rivalry between Atari, Nintendo, Sony, Sega, etc…. Was absolutely insane in the 80s and 90s. Many lawsuits and years later, the gaming industry is more united than ever. Thank you Super Smash Bros!

  7. You’re a true filmmaker. Not just a Youtuber.

  8. Fun fact : Tetris Original theme was a Russian Folk Song

  9. By far and away the best video game documentary I've ever seen.

  10. Capitalism would have given all rights to the creator to do with as he pleases. Elorg being involved is not “capitalism”.

  11. let this be a lesson in how awful communism is.

  12. The parroted propaganda is strong in this video.

  13. I only knew about Pajitnov, but not all the background of Tetris. All I have to say is excellent video!

  14. 56:06 Hold on, the guy studying the psychological effects murdered his own family?? Didn’t see that coming. We need a full story on THAT TOO!

  15. Where the f**k do you get all this information?!?! 😄

  16. We’re researching this game’s addictive nature. Yeah, that’s what we’re doing…

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