The Tetris Effect

  • by Dan Ackerman
  • Narrated by Dan Ackerman
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, most popular video game ever made. But the fascinating story of its origins is lesser known. How did an obscure Soviet programmer working on frail, antiquated computers create a product that has earned nearly $1 billion in sales? How did an inspired makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation that has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a Hollywood movie, and been played in outer space?
In this surprising trivia-filled audiobook, tech reporter Dan Ackerman describes how, as a teenager behind the Iron Curtain, Alexey Pajitnov was struck with inspiration, then meticulously worked for years to bring the game he had envisioned to life. Ackerman shows how Tetris worked its way first through Pajitnov's office and then out into the world, entrancing player after player with its hypnotic shapes. Then, tracing the stories of the British, American, and Japanese moguls who raced each other for the rights, Ackerman recounts the game's complex and improbable path to global success.
The Tetris Effect is an homage to both creator and creation and a perfect gift for anyone who's ever played the game - which is to say, everyone.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great to relive my Tetris experience

Dan's reading of his book was fine except he reads way too fast. Thankfully Audible let's vary the playback speed. 0.85 was perfect.
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- Andrew

Good story, bad delivery

the audio was way to fast so i had to turn down the narration speed. Also the barrater would throw in these weird tetris facts and often then were not relative to the current chapter.
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- Amos

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio