Posted Feb 12, 2004 in Miscellaneous.
In a BBC News Online article, Caroline Frost talks about the fortunes of Alexey Pajitnov, inventor of the highly addictive Tetris. It took less than 2 weeks for Pajitnov to write the code for the game, while he was a scientist at the Russian Academy of Science.
After twenty years out in the cold, the Russian finally began to receive money for his work when licences were renewed in 1996. Pajitnov now works as a staff games designer at Microsoft, after moving to the USA in 1991. His program has now sold more than 70 million copies, running on over 60 different platforms.