FREE ♖ Tetris: The Games People Play ☧

Oh my god, I had no idea this story was so nuts Full disclosure I am not a video gamer and read this because it was at my library in the new graphic novels section and because it had Box Brown s name on it I like his sweet attractive artwork and I liked his Andre the Giant quite a bit The history of psychology of games and gaming undergird this work, as the subtitle makes clear And then you learn how Tetris emerged out of this, and lots of controversies about it, which I don t care about in the least, but it seems thorough and will appeal to Tetris fans The style of the artwork here is the appeal for me He almost makes me care about a video game Sorry, no offense to serious gamers, including those in my present household who know this game. FREE ♶ Tetris: The Games People Play ♶ It Is, Perhaps, The Perfect Video Game Simple Yet Addictive, Tetris Delivers An Irresistible, Unending Puzzle That Has Players Hooked Play It Long Enough And You Ll See Those Brightly Colored Geometric Shapes Everywhere You Ll See Them In Your DreamsAlexey Pajitnov Had Big Ideas About Games In , He Created Tetris In His Spare Time While Developing Software For The Soviet Government Once Tetris Emerged From Behind The Iron Curtain, It Was An Instant Hit Nintendo, Atari, Sega Game Developers Big And Small All Wanted Tetris A Bidding War Was Sparked, Followed By Clandestine Trips To Moscow, Backroom Deals, Innumerable Miscommunications, And Outright TheftIn This Graphic Novel, New York Times Bestselling Author Box Brown Untangles This Complex History And Delves Deep Into The Role Games Play In Art, Culture, And Commerce For The First Time And In Unparalleled Detail, Tetris The Games People Play Tells The True Story Of The World S Most Popular Video Game The story over the rights to Tetris is a fantastic example of how video games can open cultural doors Box Brown has outdone himself Brown tells the fascinating and litigous tale of one of the most famous games in history He begins the book looking at the concept of games gaming over the millenia, tracing the earliest games and how they were created and played While this section of the book was very entertaining, I wish it had been a separate book entirely it was inserted into the story after the Tetris characters were already introduced and seemed out of place and extraneous MEMORIES amirite Like most people in my generation in the US, I spent hours lulled by the 8 bit music and descending blocks and the anxiety of waiting for the 4 long line to complete and then it gets faster and piles up In my childhood and youth, I had no idea about the complicated and shady rights issues surrounding the game and it s circuitious route to the American market New technology gaming consoles, personal computers, handheld devices it was a Wild West in terms of legality and intellectual property are these consoles computers or toys and how the hell do we classify a Gameboy Throw in the late cold war politics of USSR and the US with t g e techno boom in Japan and it made quite an interesting recipe.Brown does a decent job explaining a technical and detailed legal dispute between Nintendo, Atari, and the Soviet government who employed the developer of the game, Alexey Pajitnov however, as a state employee, he had no rights to his creation but I was still confused about the particulars and how the technology of the consoles played into it all Perhaps one of the Tetris biographies outline it better it is quite a challenge to show legal history and court proceedings in a graphic format 3.5 stars for a good effort to tell a difficult story Great tidbit Nintendo is an old company, founded in the 1880s And the Japanese word nintendo is generally translated as Work hard But in the end, it s in heaven s hands. Box Brown came onto my radar when he released his graphic novel treatment about the life of Andre The Giant While I ve yet to read it, the critical acclaim he received for his work at the time made me want to seek out his other writings Unfortunately, Box Brown, along with several other things, seemed to have moved to that corner of my mind covered in cobwebs until this weekend when I spotted his follow up to the Andre book, Tetris The Games People Play.I really enjoyed this, which isn t a surprise considering one of my all time favorite books is Blake J Harris Console Wars the story of the war between video game moguls Nintendo and Sega for gaming supremacy Tetris The Games People Play tells of the behind the scenes courtroom battle between gaming publishers looking to secure the rights to what would become one of the biggest video games in the world.Tetris creation came near the end of The Cold War, when Russian culture was very much a mystery to the West When Alexey Pajitnov s addictive puzzler escaped the Iron Curtain, it was already a guaranteed curiosity to gamers The drama that would unfold had me devour this in only two sittings From the difficulty of negotiating a deal with a creator from a communist nation, to the struggling rights acquisition in regards to the rise of the original Nintendo Entertainment System PC rights v home console rights to the dramatic courtroom battle that held the fate of so many lives and careers.By adding in the games people play as a part of the book s title, Brown justifies the first part of the book that details a somewhat streamlined history of gaming However, the truth is I could have done without it The main story is interesting enough without a history lesson tacked on at the beginning This is honestly just a minor complaint though.This being my first exposure to Box Brown, I really dug the art style It seemed like a mixture of Herge Tin Tin and Darwyn Cooke s Parker adaptations one color with varying shades that combined to craft a sort of minimalist style that I felt worked well with the subject matter.Having finished this, I m looking forward to picking up Andre The Giant Life Legend as well as the recently released Is This Guy For Real Andy Kaufman bio sooner rather than later. , are my jam Tetris The Games People Play video games , Tetris fight me , 2 20 3 , 80s 90s video games , Tetris, 2 bidding war , Win win .Tetris The Games People Play I m convinced there s a really interesting story in here, but I got really bogged down in who owned which rights to which versions of Tetris Alexey, who invented Tetris, seems like a great guy who was willing to give up financial reward to see this great thing he made flourish That s pretty inspiring He made this thing that was so good that it HAD to be shared with the world, even if it meant that he wouldn t get rich off it while other people did.But, as a book, there s just a lot of rights and contracts and maneuvering, and I didn t find those parts of the story to be high interest It seemed to be about the business of Tetris than the game or games in general, and a little bit about Nintendo history which has been covered pretty thoroughly in a number of other titles.I like Box Brown s work a lot, and I appreciate that he took on this topic For me, it just didn t quite hit the sweet spot. We ve all played Tetris and enjoyed its blocky goodness until the pieces start coming down too quickly and that damn long piece won t appear and it s game over, man, GAME OVER Box Brown s Tetris The Games People Play tells its origin story and unfortunately it s not nearly as fun.For a book ostensibly about Tetris, it takes it s sweet time getting around to talking about it It s 70 pages before we meet Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian creator of Tetris Up til then there s a truncated history of games from ancient times to modern and the company background of Nintendo It s slightly interesting but feels totally unnecessary Nintendo was a popular format for Tetris, especially when paired with the Gameboy, though the game appeared on a number of consoles and we don t get the history of Atari or arcade machines The thirty pages of seeing Alexey develop his idea of a modified electronic version of the Russian puzzle game, Pentominoes, was compelling and informative Then from page 100 until the end 150 pages later the book becomes a dreary catalogue of the rights battles over Tetris First one businessman owns them, then another, then one boring businessman owns the American rights but not the Japanese, and on and on who fucking cares The actual development of the game as well as some other details like the phenomenal cultural impact it had and the sad fate of Alexey s friend who helped him make Tetris, Vlad who went nuts, murdered his family and committed suicide , were fascinating But too much of this overly long book, documenting the tedious squabbling of suits over a product none of them created, was an utter snoozefest to read At least it has a happy ending with Alexey finally receiving royalties for the game he made 12 years afterwards but better late than never, eh Unless you re interested in the pedantic legal wrangling behind Tetris, don t bother with this one. I never knew there was so much controversy around the creation of Tetris An interesting read, if a bit dry at times.