By EW Staff
Updated May 12, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Why Tetris is one of the 100 greatest videogames

Ridiculously simple but utterly addictive, this timeless tale of man vs. geometry was invented by Russian computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov and subsequently converted to run on every computing device known to man. Bucking the trend set by every other game on this list, it has no plot or story, is saddled with rudimentary graphics, and spills nary a drop of blood — unless, of course, you count violence toward rectilinear shapes.
TALL TALES In 2000, a group of students at Brown University programmed a computer to control lights on the Sciences Library to play a 10-story-tall game of Tetris on the side of the building. (PC, 1985)