Why Tetris Continues To Be A Hugely Popular Video Game To This Day

Tetris remains a popular game today due to its engaging variations and the fact that it engages multiple parts of the brain.

By Tiffany Velasquez | Published


Tetris made its debut in the summer of 1984. Since then, the iconic game has captured the hearts and minds of every generation. Tetris remains a popular game today not only for its accessibility and ease but also engages many parts of the brain and has many variations.

The game that so many people have come to know and love has humble beginnings. The game came to fruition in Moscow, Russia. Tetris was actually developed by a scientist named Alexey Pajitnov.

Since a scientist developed the game, it makes sense that it engages several key parts of the brain and has led to discoveries in science. A simple game has led players to have brains that operate more efficiently. Furthermore, Tetris has led to discoveries in the fields of mental health and psychology.

Tetris forces players to use impulse control, pattern recognition, memory recall, problem-solving, and more. The game isn’t overly complicated, yet participants activate multiple parts of their brain. This is one key element of why Tetris continues to dominate the gaming world.

Additionally, the iconic game has a particular effect on players’ brains known as the Goldilocks effect. This means that the game keeps us engaged but not overstimulated. It’s almost as if the game was developed with a specific formula that would ensure it lasted forever, keeping players coming back for more.

When the puzzle sorting game first came out, the original version was simple. Since then, over 20 versions of the game have been developed, including multiplayer versions, 3D Tetris, and Pokémon Tetris. With so many versions of the game available, there is something to draw in people from all generations and with many interests.

Modern-day players may find that the game is a wonderful stress reliever. Many people today are plagued by anxiety, and the game provides an almost therapeutic effect for players. Adults who played the game in childhood that still play today are likely to feel a sense of nostalgia and overall good vibes, adding to the fact that the game provides a boost in mental health.

Furthermore, Tetris has been proven to reduce intrusive thoughts. Researchers have done a deep dive into just how the game can prevent and treat PTSD. The game provides a healthy distraction during times of heightened stress or trauma, allowing the brain time to process without any further stress to a person.

In addition to all the mental health benefits, Tetris is just good ole fashion fun. The game is simple at its core but still provides a challenge that, obviously, people cannot get enough of. It is truly a game that anyone of all ages can play and enjoy.

This game is more than just a game; it has proven how valuable it is for people on multiple levels. From breakthroughs in fields of science and mental health to simply being an inspiration for others to develop other fun games, Tetris is a force to be reckoned with. This is an iconic game that will continue to engage generations to come.