On June 6, 1984, Russian computer engineer Alexei Pajitnov released his popular computer game, Tetris.Pajitnov was working as a research-and-development computer scientist in his hometown of Moscow, Russia, when he invented Tetris. He based his innovative computer game on one of his favorite (three-dimensional) games, polyominoes. Dominoes are the most familiar type of polyomino. Dominoes have two square blocks. All the shapes used in Tetris have different arrangements of four square blocks. In fact, Pajitnov named his game in part after the shapes: tetra means “four” in Greek.Tetris is a seemingly simple game—create straight lines with the differently shaped polyominoes dropped with increasing speed from above. The game proved incredibly challenging, and immediately popular.“Tetris, in two weeks, was in every single computer in Moscow!” Pajitnov remembers.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry computer engineer Noun
person who designs and builds software or hardware.
monitoring unit of a computer or other technology hub, often containing keyboards and other control devices.
new, advanced, or original.
to move from one place or activity to another.
geometric figure formed by joining one or more squares edge-to-edge.
electronic programs of code that tell computers what to do.
Soviet Union Noun
(1922-1991) large northern Eurasian nation that had a communist government. Also called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR.