There is no other video game that taught us more then Tetris. If you have trained long enough to connect the different shaped blocks of the Nintendo classic, it won’t be a problem for you to stuff all of your clothes for a two weeks’ vacation into your suitcase or pack all pieces of furniture into the trunk without effort. This achievement and the strong influence that Tetris had on the popularity of video games in general, we celebrate World Tetris Day on June 6th!
Having the World Tetris Day on June 6th is not a coincident. The puzzle game was developed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov and was released for the first time on June 6th 1984. Although Tetris was already available for several video game consoles and computer operating systems, it wasn’t until the release of Nintendo’s Game Boy that Tetris became a worldwide success. The principle of the game is relatively simple: Falling blocks have to be rotated and positioned, so that they create a horizontal line without gaps. But it’s this simplicity that makes Tetris so popular and successful. More than 70 million copies of the game have been sold and it has been downloaded more than 100 million times for mobile devices.
Meanwhile, there are several different versions of Tetris available and it was voted one of the greatest games of all times. There is even a release date for a Tetris film adaption for 2017. While a screen adaption of plot-driven games like Tomb Raider or Assassin’s Creed absolutely make sense, fans around the world couldn’t think of any possible plot for a Tetris movie. By the way, the famous Tetris melody from the Game Boy version is based on the Russian song “Korobeiniki” from 1861.
To celebrate World Tetris Day, we played a round of Tetris in our own version. The Tinkerbots version of Tetris features our modules instead of typical Tetris blocks.