Tetris the Games People Play by Box Brown is a new book that launches in October 2016 about how Tetris leaked its way out of Russia with some crazy business deals. The last time a book went into great detail about how Tetris came to be was in 1993 with David Sheff’s Game Over: Press Start To Continue.
“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.”
First Second | On sale October 11, 2016
Paperback | Adult | $19.99 | 9781626723153