A reader marvels at the elegant simplicity of puzzle classic Tetris, and how it works as a metaphor for communism and life itself.
Soviet Union, 1984. in the Soviet Academy of Science a computer programmer works on something new, and yet not new.
What he makes is the most groundbreaking yet familiar game ever created, based on a small plastic tile puzzle toy that was readily available at the time. The game he created, titled Tetris, featured a blank screen that became filled with falling blocks of different shapes.
They fell individually from the top of the screen, at an ever increasing speed, and settled at the bottom. The player’s job was to line these bricks up into a… Read the full story