Tetris debuted in 1984 after its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, sold the rights to the Soviet government in order to get it published. For roughly a decade, Pajitnov didn't make any money off his game—the best selling video game of all time.
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Tetris was programmed in two weeks, without any colors or graphics. 00:52
Hungary was the first country to begin distributing the game. 01:19
The game's inventor later worked for Microsoft as the company's first game designer. 01:37