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[edit] Little known facts

  • The number of possible board states in Tetris is 2200 = 1606938044258990275541962092341162602522202993782792835301376 ≈ 1.6 x 1060 (not counting variants in minoes).
  • The number of stable ("with non-filled line") board states is 102219 x 1023 = 1546830240339583941968754047234064022827366713230467631939584 ≈ 1.54 x 1060 (not counting variants in minoes).
  • Nowadays Tetris logo was drawn by Roger Dean
  • The theme has lyrics: Korobeiniki.
    • This is actually copyrighted by TTC.

Also, according to RealTechnews:

  • The game inspired a terrible single in 1992 by Dr Spin, featuring samples of music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • In September 2002, Faiz Chopdat, 23, of Blackburn, was sentenced to 4 months in prison after refusing to turn off his mobile on a flight from Egypt to Manchester. The crew asked him three times to switch off the phone, which was interfering with the plane’s communications system, but each time Chopdat turned it on again. He was playing Tetris.
    • There are many other laws against Tetris. See 13b, 18b, and 21b to learn more. So this is just one way to go to prison for playing Tetris.
  • The world’s smallest game of Tetris took place under an electron microscope using 42 glass ‘microspheres’ at the Department of Physics of Complex Systems in Amsterdam (video here)
  • Yuri Yevushenko, director of the Russian Academy in the 1980s, claims Tetris is so successful because "unlike American games it is not about murder, shooting or chasing; it is about building and order."
  • In a recent US study at the Harvard Medical School’s department of psychiatry, 27 Tetris players spent seven hours a day, for three days, playing the game. Many had ‘Tetris dreams’.

[edit] Tetris apparel

[edit] Art and Culture

[edit] People

[edit] Utada Hikaru, japanese pop idol

[edit] Alexey Pajitnov, the man behind Tetris

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