Six years before the fall of the Soviet Union, in an apartment in Moscow, Alexei Pajitnov, an engineer passionate of computers spent his free time developing a video game that combined his love for puzzles with his experience in computing.
Short after, Pajitnov showed his game at a local competition and won the second place. There was no first place, they said. Alexei never understood this, but he took it as another weird aspect of the Communist system. He was just informed that his game got a really good score. 30 years later, Tetris is more than a game to win local competitions, but an international phenomenon. It broke numerous records, such as the most sold game on mobile platforms with 75 million copies, being one of the most popular games of history.
It is surely a pioneer in gaming. It fed an entire generation, adults of today which played it on Nintendo and Game Boy. The success story of Nintendo is connected with Tetris. When Henk Rogers and Pajitnov obtained the license for video games with Tetris, they sold it to Nintendo, but they never anticipated its real success. They always thought something better will come up to replace it. They were wrong. Nothing is better than Tetris in this niche simply because it is simple.