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Tetris Faz 25 Anos

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One of the inventors of the revolutionary video game Tetris has taken up residence at Google Australia, where he is now working to reinvent online communications.

Vadim Gerasimov was just 15 when he was taken under the wing of two Russian computer engineers - Alexey Pajitnov and Dmitry Pavlovsky - at the Moscow Academy of Sciences and helped them create Tetris.

The game, which celebrates its 25th birthday tomorrow, is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games ever created. It has sold over 70 million copies globally and is still played today on current-generation games consoles, mobile phones and social networking sites.

In 1995, a group of Dutch students entered the record books by creating the world's largest fully functional game of Tetris, which covered the side of a 15 floor university building.

Big game companies - most notably Nintendo, which bundled it with every Game Boy - have made millions from Tetris but Gerasimov, who ported the game to the PC platform and developed parts of the code, revealed in an interview today that all he got was "a TV set and VCR".

He said commercialising Tetris was impossible in the communist Soviet Union, where the lack of intellectual property rights meant he was not entitled to royalties. The Academy of Sciences owned everything he made, so the game was initially distributed free - a key reason why it spread so quickly.

"I was 15 at the time, I wasn't particularly interested in the business aspect," said Gerasimov.

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