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Tetris: The Games People Play
Tetris: The Games People Play | Box Brown
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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. "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."
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cwarnier
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#24B4Monday
I 💖 playing Tetris
This graphic novel showed how it was created and fought for. Amazing read.

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cwarnier
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#24B4Monday
How to decide what to read next?
I started Wonder, but think I will try out Tetris

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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book47
The art style in this graphic novel isn‘t my favorite, but I‘m impressed that Brown managed to make the history of Tetris a truly interesting topic.

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Krisjericho
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I had no idea that there was international intrigue behind the creation of the game Tetris. It really is a fascinating story. The way this was told was a little confusing, though, and I didn‘t find the art personally appealing. It is absolutely an interesting story, though.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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This chunky graphic novel is the surprisingly interesting story behind the classic game Tetris. Fascinating to read how & who created it in Russia, how complicated the rights situations were, the various players‘ maneuvers to grab onto the lucrative popularity of it. I had no clue there was such a story behind this game I grew up with! The art is also delightful - black & white with bursts of yellow. I was itching to play on finishing this read...

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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MAILED! #FallingForFallSwap
See tagged book - I had to use some mad skillz to fit everything in this box. 3 attempts, yo.

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💛🧡🎃🍁🍂🎃🧡💛 1y
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JAMZ
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As a kid, I was obsessed with Tetris. My mom was too, and when she‘s play I‘d watch over her shoulder. This was a nice non-fiction boost to a heavily fiction reading jag I‘ve been in, and I was really shocked to see all of the drama behind what I thought was a relatively innocent game. A really cool behind-the-scenes look at one of the big parts of my childhood.

BookHoarder32 Tetris is the best! 1y
JAMZ @BookHoarder32 I couldn‘t agree more! 1y
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ambam1987
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Interesting story behind the game Tetris. Highly recommend to anyone interested in video gaming, coding, and graphic novel fans! 💻 🕹💬👾

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Clwojick
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Getting started on this one before bed tonight. 👌

Oryx Sounds really interesting 2y
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Eyelit
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Fascinating history of Tetris. I had no idea it had such a complicated past. Now excuse me while I download it to my phone and play a few rounds. 😆

LectricSheep This sounds great! 😍 2y
mabell Careful! You'll be playing it in your sleep before you know it! 2y
monkeygirlsmama My mum and I each used to have a handheld Tetris game. Gosh, 23-25 years ago maybe? 2y
dariazeoli I love Tetris! When I play it, I start to see the pieces in floor tiles! 2y
Linear I play the grown-up version of tetris. The levels are "putting all the dishes in the dishwasher", "packing Christmas gifts in one box for mailing", "moving a house of 6 with only 30 moving boxes" and "fitting all the boxes in the moving van". 2y
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Timidmagick
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It was a different time when Russia was one and this simple game came out. I'm glad the creator finally got the rights.

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ABookishLife
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Be warned: You're going to desperately want to play Tetris while you read about Tetris. A fascinating history of the game everyone loves to play.

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quietjenn
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Yes, in fact, I do want to play some Tetris right now. It's been awhile and I used to be So. Good.

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kathyellendavis
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What a great graphic novel! Who knew that Tetris cane from Russia? Or that the rights were up for grabs and rival companies each thought they had them (the contracts were not very clear!) Atari sued Nintendo over it! So much drama and so much to learn. Devoured this then told my husband all about it!

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angrylilasian
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Mehso-so

I totally had this happen to me. I played Tetris until I had blisters on my thumbs. I was obsessed with beating my best score. And I dreamt of Tetris pieces chasing me. 😂

The history of how the game came to be is interesting but all the legal stuff in the middle bogged it down. Overall, an interesting story but I don't know if I would say it's a must read.

(It did make me dig out my game boy though!)

LuLeeBelle This would happen to me too! It still does when I play things like Candy Crush 3y
Ericmanciniwriter This happened to me!! 3y
angrylilasian @LuLeeBelle Haha! Candy Crush was so addicting!! I had to stop because I was actually playing more than reading.😆 3y
angrylilasian @Eamann I'm so relieved I'm not the only one! 3y
lynneamch This is so true! I recall sitting behind a row of people and seeing pieces falling and fitting between their shoulders. Ha! 3y
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horriblehoggle
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Really interesting read depicting the history of Tetris. Fun enough to make it a pick.

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LindsayReads
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Solid beginning and end of the book, with the history and psychology of games and the eventual, mostly successful outcomes of the whole licensing debacle, but the middle was pretty muddled by the business back-and-forth. I'm sure there's am audience, but it was pretty dull to me. There are gems, though, like this succinct summary of the conception of Donkey Kong. The Tetris theme song is now on a loop in my head. #nonfictionnovember #graphicnonfic

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mesjak
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Just starting...

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Britafish
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Can't wait to check this out.

WanderingBookaneer Loved it! 3y
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WoodyWoodson
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Perfect start to my "weekend". Cider and a graphic novel about Tetris. #winwin #tipsylitsy

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WanderingBookaneer
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Who knew that such a simple game had such a contentious, litigious story?

Gezemice Interesting! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I had a handful of these!

Marchpane Yes! Oil Panic! Donkey Kong! 👾 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Just learned what Donkey Kong means!

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irisamelia
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A fantastic illustrated account of how Tetris came to be. Much more political than I anticipated!!

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irisamelia
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Puzzles are metaphors for thoughts.

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Shaun_Manning
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Love stories like this. Video game history about the people and cultures behind the phenomenon. Another fun BEA pickup.

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