Gaming History 101

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Mini Podcast: The Story of Tetris

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Tetris has probably one of the most sordid tales about rights management.  This so-called “first game from behind the iron curtain” was one of the most popular and addicting games of the late 1980s.  Even more interesting is the story about how Nintendo snuck in behind a handful of eager parties who got in at the ground floor and secured sole console rights to one of the most money-producing games of all time.

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Written by Fred Rojas

January 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

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  1. Love this mini cast. I never get tired of hearing about the story of Tetris surprised to learn new facts again.


    January 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  2. I know this podcast centers mainy around Nintendo and the Gameboy version, but I’d thought I’d comment on an “interesting” review when the C64 version was released.

    When It was originally released it got rave reviews almost across the board, with all mags giving it 9/10 or 90%+, except for Commodore User which didn’t seem all that interested by it.

    They gave it a mere 5/10 and the final paragraph of the review reads:
    “This is very entertaning for 15 minutes, but when you’ve seen all there is to see there’s nothing left to see. Or to put it another way, the fun, if that’s the word for it, is very short lived.”

    If they only knew….

    Link to the review (hosted at internet archive):

    Sparky Kestrel

    February 11, 2019 at 8:15 pm

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