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Tetris turns 30; fans line up to celebrate

Tetris is shown as played on the Nintendo

Tetris is shown as played on the Nintendo Entertainment System in New York, June 1990. Credit: AP

One of the world’s most popular video games, Tetris, turned 30 on Friday, and fans aren’t missing out on a chance to celebrate.

Organizers have set up a host of meetups across the country where fans plan to play the game, host competitions or just show off fan-made art or music inspired by the puzzle game.

"We all have an inherent desire to create order out of chaos," said Blue Panet Software chief Maya Rogers, "whether in playing a game or packing the trunk of your car. No matter where the game is played or brand is celebrated, there will always be Tetris."

Tetris, developed by Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov for the IBM PC, was first distributed by Nintendo in 1989, which gained mass appeal through its version for the portable Game Boy system. Since then, the game has been developed for a host of game consoles and portable devices, including Apple's iPod.

"I never imagined Tetris was going to be this successful. But the simple, yet addicting nature of Tetris still has me playing it a few times every week," Pajitnov said in a statement.

Today, Tetris can be played online or even through Facebook.

The game's birthday was also met with celebration on social media, where fans shared shout-outs and photos praising the 30-year-old puzzle. Actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres even jumped in.

"Tetris is 30 years old today! 30 years, and I'm still waiting for an L piece that faces the other way," she wrote.

See more tweets and Instagram photos below.



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