New graphic novel details the history of the popular game

By Madeline Raynor
October 03, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Tetris: The Games People Play

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The fascinating story behind the invention of Tetris is the subject of Box Brown’s graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play, and EW has an exclusive excerpt.

Tetris was invented in 1984 by Russian computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov, which — amazingly — he did in his spare time while working on software for the Soviet government. Soon, the instantly popular game was the subject of a bidding war between Nintendo, Atari, and Sega. Intrigue, secrets, and theft ensue. In this excerpt, we see the moment the Nintendo Game Boy was unveiled.

The graphic novel comes out Oct. 11 from First Second Books. See the cover and the exclusive pages below.

Tetris: The Games People Play

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  • Book
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