Tetris Turns 30! Learn the Psychology Behind Our Favorite Game
byKaitlin StanfordJun 06, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since we first were introduced to a little game by the name of Tetris. The simple yet insanely addictive game kept us busy for hours while growing up, even getting us through boring family Thanksgivings as we deceptively hid our Gameboy under the table. And even today, as we fiddle with it on our iPhones on the way to work, it still offers good old fashioned entertainment without any fancy bells and whistles.
In celebration of its 30th birthday on June 6 (which has also been named World Tetris Day), the University of Sheffield released a video that examines the psychology behind our beloved game. In other words, they explain why we're all still obsessed with it to this day. And surprisingly, it's not just a mindless game of fitting falling shapes perfectly together; there's a lot more to its allure than you might think.
Watch as Dr. Tom Stafford explains how Tetris takes advantage of the mind’s basic pleasure in "tidying up" by giving us a “world of perpetual uncompleted tasks." (Which we are allegedly hardwired to enjoy and pay more attention to.)