Tetris by Box Brown
The Games People Play

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The story behind its creation – a tale of idealism, legal wrangling, murder and vast profits starring amateur game designers, Soviet bureaucrats, Japanese and American electronics companies and Robert Maxwell – is compelling.
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It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you’ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You’ll see them in your dreams.

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega―game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft.

In this graphic novel,New York Times–bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game.

 

About Box Brown

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Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. He launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011. boxbrown.com
 
Published November 1, 2016 by First Second.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on Oct 28 2016

The story behind its creation – a tale of idealism, legal wrangling, murder and vast profits starring amateur game designers, Soviet bureaucrats, Japanese and American electronics companies and Robert Maxwell – is compelling.

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