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Tetris (Russian: ??????) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. Alexey Pajitnov originally designed and programmed the game in 1984, while working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow. Pajitnov has cited pentominoes as a source of inspiration for the game. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix "tetra-", as all of the pieces contain four segments, and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport.
The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, and PDAs. Tetris has even appeared as part of an art exhibition on the side of Brown University's 14-story Sciences Library . Tetris consistently appears on lists of the greatest video games of all time. While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Nintendo Game Boy launched in 1989 that established the reputation of the game as one of the most popular ever.
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