The Story of Tetris | Gaming Historian

The Story of Tetris | Gaming Historian

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In 1984, during the Cold War, a Russian programmer named Alexey Pajitnov created something special: A puzzle game called Tetris. It soon gained a cult following within the Soviet Union. A battle for the rights to publish Tetris erupted when the game crossed the Iron Curtain. Tetris not only took the video game industry by storm, it helped break the boundaries between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Intro – 00:00
Part 1: Pajitnov – 01:49
Part 2: Into the West – 10:03
Part 3: The Red Box – 17:19
Part 4: Enter Nintendo – 23:50
Part 5: Capitalism – 33:38
Part 6: Endgame – 44:12
End Credits – 55:38

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End Credits Music by Andrew Lippens – https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/andrewlippens2

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Telex machine footage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nHfztP9Qqs

Original Tetris footage provided by Sergei Frolov – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0gAgQQHFcQ

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  • Angel Vega1

    December 22, 2018

    I see this not just as a story about Tetris but about the how Communism and Capitalism affect the creator of a world phenomenon. Amazing story.

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  • Chan Louis2

    December 22, 2018

    Thank you very much Gaming History for making and sharing this fantastic story about Tetris.

    I believe almost 70% people on this planet have played this legendary game but never heard of the battle and inside story of Tetris. I've learned a lot.
    And big big thank to Father of Tetris, Alexey. You made my childhood more delightful.

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  • hobbyhands3

    December 22, 2018

    Very entertaining.

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  • Mizakit Ioni4

    December 22, 2018

    i hear LGR in this

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  • MasterIronfist5

    December 22, 2018

    Well done! Really enjoyed this episode.

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  • Raskolnikov326

    December 22, 2018

    I can't get into the convoluted mess of rights and sub-rights, who owns what bit and where, all the legalese. Does my brain in.

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  • skull films7

    December 22, 2018

    Tetris could have saved Atari, basically the new contract killed Atari, thanks to Nintendo.

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  • Oscar Rodriguez8

    December 22, 2018

    Love this, thank your for all the research you put into it.

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  • SidebandSamurai9

    December 22, 2018

    Great work, and thank you for the video.

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  • Joshua Reiman10

    December 22, 2018

    This episode was so well put together and emotionally moving that you have earned my subscription. Excellent job covering one of my favorite games and my love of Russian history.

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  • ryan timony11

    December 22, 2018

    Boo Reagan

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  • Spank The Monkey12

    December 22, 2018

    I am going to spend so many hours watching your videos.

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  • epicsimsYT13

    December 22, 2018

    I felt sorry for Pajitnov, I'm glad he got the money in the end. He was good and wholesome throughout the process 🙂

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  • Scott Hayes14

    December 22, 2018

    That's how the game works. everytime a row is completed it disintegrates and the blocks above drop down. The game doesn't really last forever, it speeds up on each level. Eventually the block drop so fast you can't keep up and the board quickly tops out.

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  • PlayerTw015

    December 22, 2018

    well watching for 10 minutes became a hour

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  • paul Z16

    December 22, 2018

    This should win some type of award for best documentary.

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  • brian whittle17

    December 22, 2018

    This is a prime example of why communism doesn't work without innovative peoples rewards for producing, what is the point of trying?

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  • SamusLovesMilk18

    December 22, 2018

    Wow legal stuff is such a mess. Interesting, though. How did you have the patience to find all information and sum it up for us? Great job

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  • Aleks Sapundhziev19

    December 22, 2018

    ATARI 😀 😀 😀 😀 ALREADY BOUGHT IT 😛

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  • OdinsxRightXEye20

    December 22, 2018

    This is wonderful! I couldn't tear myself away from this incredible story. I have a newfound appreciation for a game I already love and all I can say is thank you for taking the time and effort to put this together.

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  • Chango Tx21

    December 22, 2018

    im at a loss for words for this frame in particular 7:00

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  • datsunpolo22

    December 22, 2018

    well, that escalated quickly ! what a great story !

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  • 4lifejeph23

    December 22, 2018

    Oh man do I wish I had all the hours back that I put into Tetris.

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  • mozxz24

    December 22, 2018

    I still wish to know who made the iconic music and how it came to be……

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  • Julie Tirock25

    December 22, 2018

    TETRIS! MY FAV GAME ON THE NES!!

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  • Márton István Nagy26

    December 22, 2018

    This is so good, and the vibe as well, with the music and stuff, I would like to have this on TV every night. This separates YouTube from Tv not the poor Paul brothers…

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  • dudeandrewdude27

    December 22, 2018

    the story of tetris and the struggle of it creator could not have been made into a better video! keep doing your thing man you make learning video game histroy fun and magical!

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  • Wallcreater28

    December 22, 2018

    6:58
    IS THIS?…

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  • Vieja Escuela29

    December 22, 2018

    tetris rox

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  • Menasor 0330

    December 22, 2018

    wait….

    so you're telling me that a game I had for the xbox as a kid and got rid of but now reaquirred was a Russian entrepreneur's acoplishment?

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  • olddogandpanthers31

    December 22, 2018

    They should make a movie out off this crazy story.
    – with a Tetris ( live meter) for every one evolve in this battle
    * every good moves = a Tetris.
    * every bad move = a bad placement of a block.
    with the creator having zero until the end.

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  • Ridhwan R32

    December 22, 2018

    I like it how there are so many life lessons over one video game. Capitalism over communism always. Nepotism/Cronyism usually do not work out so well. Cut out all the middle man crap that do not add value to the product. Lastly true friendship will eventually prevail.

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  • Nina Sanchez33

    December 22, 2018

    Stein was a greedy money grubber . That’s why he lost everything.

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  • Mario Rangel34

    December 22, 2018

    Anyone else think this story would be great as a movie?

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  • Meda Purnama35

    December 22, 2018

    This should be turned into a movie by Adam McKay in the style of The Big Short.

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  • Andrew M36

    December 22, 2018

    This was great! I'm glad to see that justice was done for all involved.

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  • Anthus37

    December 22, 2018

    55:57 Uhm what?! Okay.

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  • L Wilmshurst38

    December 22, 2018

    that info about Pokhlinko @ 56:04 is dropped so casually …

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  • L Wilmshurst39

    December 22, 2018

    This story gets pretty jaw dropping just before the 43 min mark

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  • ItalianoYMexicano40

    December 22, 2018

    Anyone playing the new Tetris Effect on PS4? It's a borderline spiritual experience O.o

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  • L3 P341

    December 22, 2018

    Tetyais?!?

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  • Spanky McSpankenstein42

    December 22, 2018

    Alexey's son Dmitri died in a tragic ski accident last year BTW…

    Reply

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