The Games People Play

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.

Publisher: New York, New York : First Second, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626723153
Branch Call Number: Brown
Characteristics: 253 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 22 cm


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LiztheLibrarian Apr 16, 2018

This was a fascinating graphic novel on the very crazy and long history of the Tetris game we all know and love. The art was only okay, but the fascinating story makes up for it.

sit_walk Apr 09, 2018

It's an interesting history but honestly I lost the thread at a couple of points. Not as engaging a read as you might imagine (or as the reviews led me to believe).

Sep 19, 2017

I never thought the history of Tetris could be so complex and interesting. If you are interested in gaming history, I highly recommend this book. 5 stars out of 5!

Jun 23, 2017

The crazy and complicated story of how tetris took over the gaming world.

Mar 31, 2017

Simple line drawings (single colour), and complicated, not very interesting story.

KateHillier Jan 21, 2017

Fascinating, albeit a little hard to read (the yellow and black colour scheme gets a little much after a bit. I'd never realised there was so much history and back and forth with the rights for Tetris. Also never realised it was invented in Russia!

CoreneBee Jan 07, 2017

Genuinely fascination look at the history of the game Tetris. The politics, the intrigue, the tragedies, and the very human impulse to game. A must-read for anyone who has ever played Tetris.

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