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The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"Upends the standard Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg technology-creation myth...When Ackerman evokes this clunkier era ruled by DOS, IBM PCs and Soviet bureaucrats clueless about property rights, the story shines." --The New York Times
"Ackerman doles out intrigue worthy of Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy. It's a behind-the-Iron Curtain nail-biter." --Los Angeles Review of Books
Ackerman's account of the rise of Tetris is as captivating as watching the game's multi-colored, four-squared objects (known as tetrominoes”) vanish before your eyes with the right move.” Fortune Online
"Half-origin story, half-cultural commentary, Ackerman leaves no block unturned, fitting the pieces together with effortless precision."―Steven Petite, Yahoo! Finance
About the Author
Dan Ackerman is a former radio DJ turned journalist. An editor at leading technology news website CNET, he writes about hot-button consumer technology topics, from virtual reality to cybersecurity, and appears regularly as an in-house tech expert on CBS This Morning. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and a large collection of vinyl records.
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This is such a wonderful story, taking in globe-trotting deal makers, cloistered Soviet academics, the weird beginnings of the global video games industry, the psychological effects of games and so much more. There was tonnes of stuff I didn't know about Nintendo, about the tabloid tycoon Robert Maxwell, about the end of communism, about scientific research into games. The best bits though are about Henk Rogers, the game design pioneer who gave Japan RPGs and who found a kindred spirit in Tetris designer Alexey Pajitnov. His charm and enthusiasm crossed so many cultural boundaries and brought us all so much joy, and this book is a fantastic tribute to him.
This book is made up of brief biographies of Tetris' creator and its UK & US investors, Tetris' therapeutic psychological effect, being sold to Nintendo, as well as its design, success, and geometric perfection (being based on the shape of pentomino, though it's more of a tetramino).