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The Man Who Made ‘Tetris’

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Jagger Gravning from MotherBoard spent time with Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov.

Over lunch, we had discussed Russia’s fight against the Nazis in World War II, Pajitnov’s longstanding love for classic puzzler game ​​Lode Runner​, his time developing artificial intelligence and speech recognition platforms during the Cold War, and the many other games, such as ​Yoshi’s Cookie, he’s worked on that aren’t Tetris. Among other things.

A quick web search for “Alexey Pajitnov” brings up ​pages of articles and interviews that fixate only on his creation of Tetris—a work that remains, ​far and away, the best selling video game of all time. Meeting Pajitnov himself led me to wonder about, well, everything else. What was the Tetris-less life of Alexey Pajitnov?

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