Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown. First Second, $19.99 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-62672-315-3
Tetris is widely considered one of the best and most universal games of all time, but as Brown’s (Andre the Giant: Life and Legend) smart, well-paced history relates, there’s more to the story than just falling blocks. In 1984, Tetris is invented by Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian computer scientist, who shares the game with his friends and eventually sneaks it out from behind the Iron Curtain. When the head of a U.K.-based software company glimpses it at a Hungarian technology institute, he immediately recognizes its money-making potential. A series of misunderstandings and outright lies lead to the illegal licensing of the rights, and soon every major game company in the world wants a piece of it. The backroom deals, last-minute contract changes, and hectic trips to Moscow make for a quick and addictive tale that captures all the international drama. Brown’s drawings are simple but highly effective, using a black, white, and yellow color scheme to evoke the limited or nonexistent graphics available to Alexey. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/2016
Release date: 10/11/2016
Genre: Comics
Prebound-Glued - 256 pages - 978-0-606-39997-5
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