Learn the epic sci-fi backstory of Tetris in the upcoming film adaptation

learn sci fi epic backstory tetris upcoming film adaptation
Tetris, one of the most enduring and classic games of all time, is getting a film adaptation at some point in the near future (via Wall Street Journal).

You would be forgiven for thinking that Tetris is just a simple puzzle game about falling blocks. Apparently the game’s story is far grander than that.

“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” explained Larry Kasanoff, the CEO of Threshold Entertainment which has teamed up with The Tetris Company to develop the film. Kasanoff did not share any details about the plot other than its massive scale: “What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”

This is not Kasanoff’s first experience with adapting major video game properties to the silver screen, having previously produced 1995’s Mortal Kombat and its 1997 followup Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Both films were critically panned, but effectively leveraged the brand’s established audience into reasonably strong box office showings (even without a thespian powerhouse like Raúl Juliá anchoring the cast).

If the Tetris film fares well, Kasanoff has plans for a wider range of multi-media experiences for their narrative: “We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness.”

The real life history of Tetris is an interesting little chapter of late Soviet history in its own right. Russian computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov developed the game in his spare time while working for the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1984. The distribution rights were owned by the Soviet Union, and confusing management led to years of lawsuits between Atari and Nintendo, who had both been granted the rights to publish.

After the Union’s 1991 dissolution, it took until 1996 for Pajitnov to finally reclaim the game from its post-Soviet limbo and profit from his beloved creation with the formation of The Tetris Company.

Gaming

‘Tetris Effect’ makes the undying classic feel new again

Tetris is a game that everyone knows. The classic puzzler has appeared on just about every device since 1984. With music and visual flourishes, Tetris Effect remarkably manages to elevate the iconic game to new heights.
Gaming

Feeling nostalgic? Here are the 25 best Sega Genesis games

Although the company has since fallen into obscurity, Sega was an indisputable titan throughout the '90s. That said, here are 25 best Sega Genesis games that helped define its fabled decade.
Gaming

The best free-to-play games you can play right now

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.
Gaming

These cheat codes made gaming history

For almost as long as video games have existed, there have been video game cheat codes. Here are some of the most famous cheat codes, including the legendary Konami Code found in dozens of games.
Gaming

Struggling to survive 'Battlefield 5?' Our boot camp will keep you in the fight

Battlefield V's multiplayer component can be overwhelming, but you can succeed against the enemy with a little help. These are the tips and tricks you need to know to win in Battlefield V.
Gaming

What games were nominated for the The Game Awards 2018? Find out here

The Game Awards returns to Los Angeles for its fifth show this December. Here is everything we know about the event, including its location, where you can watch it, and games that were nominated.
Product Review

'Hitman 2' goes in for the kill with more of everything you love

IO Interactive and Warner Bros introduce us to ‘Hitman 2’, a sequel that embraces what made the series so unique and exceeds at delivering a more polished and complex experience.
Gaming

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro

SSDs are much faster than mechanical hard drives, which is what the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro come with. Here, we show you how to replace it with an SSD, which will allow you to boot to the OS faster and load games quicker.
Gaming

Faction-based PvP, new Vault openings coming to ‘Fallout 76’ after launch

Bethesda is already hard at work on post-launch content for Fallout 76, which launches November 14 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Faction-based PvP is in the works, and new vaults will open over time.
Gaming

Everything we know about 'Anthem', including new details on Javelin classes

BioWare announced an upcoming action role-playing game called 'Anthem' at EA Play 2017. Here's everything we know about the game so far, including gameplay, DLC, and when you'll be able to play it.
Gaming

The best HTC Vive games available today

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Deals

Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and it will be here before you know it. If you can't wait until November 23 to start formulating a shopping plan, we've got you covered.
Gaming

Hacker finds Steam bug that unlocks free games, collects $20K for reporting it

Security researcher Artem Moskowsky discovered a Steam bug that allowed him to generate infinite free keys for any game. Instead of abusing the exploit, Moskowsky reported it to Valve, which gave him a $20,000 reward.
Gaming

‘Overwatch’ gunslinger Ashe is now available on all platforms

Blizzard announced Ashe as the latest Overwatch hero at BlizzCon 2018. The gunslinger has a history with McCree and makes use of a lever-action repeating rifle and a robotic sidekick.