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Posted on September 12, 2009, 12:19 pm

"As the man who licensed Alexey Pajitnov's timeless puzzle game Tetris for console game systems -- as told in historical chronicles that read more like espionage adventures than typical rights negotiations -- Henk Rogers has little explicit need to keep busy.

But he's done just that. In addition to heading up The Tetris Company, Blue Planet Software, and Tetris Online -- which license and develop various aspects of the Tetris franchise -- he is the founder of Avatar Reality, which is developing the virtual world platform Blue Mars, and the founder of the Blue Planet Foundation, which aims to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels starting in Hawaii.

Rogers is also the creator of the early computer roleplaying game The Black Onyx, which he released in 1984 through his own Bullet Proof Software while living in Japan.

Inspired by Dungeons & Dragons and Western RPGs like Wizardry, the game was one of the first RPGs ever released in Japan -- and Rogers may be returning to the franchise soon.

Gamasutra sat down with the veteran entrepreneur and developer for an extensive discussion about his past, present, and future, his many experiences both in and out of the game industry, as well as his ambitious goals, which include no less than eradicating war -- with the help of Tetris. "

Read the full interview here:
Comment by meow on September 15, 2009, 5:07 am
eradicating fan games
Comment by oliv on September 13, 2009, 2:13 am
he also says that he thinks tetris friends will end war...
Comment by NeverSayGoodbye on September 12, 2009, 2:58 pm
Great interview, he talks about making Tetris a sport. I guess Alexey and Henk are both seeing that for the future of Tetris.
Comment by oliv on September 12, 2009, 1:07 pm
I read the first 3 pages...This guy is a joke.

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