The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 15 finalists for induction into the hall. They are: Angry Birds, Doom, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokémon, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.
Tetris is turning 30, and to celebrate, the iconic puzzle game brand invites game fans to meet up on June 6, the official anniversary date. Meet up planners can register the time and location for their June 6 event at meetup.com/tetris30, with a Meetup.com account, and invite friends and community to come together and celebrate all-things Tetris.
Fans are encouraged to tweet their photos with the hashtags #Tetris30 and #WeAllFitTogether, to promote their local meet ups on tetris.com, Twitter, and Facebook. Meanwhile, the challenge is on at meetup.com/tetris30 for fans to celebrate the anniversary in their own creative way.
The world’s largest Tetris game will be played on the Cira Centre office building in Philadelphia this Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. Video game enthusiasts and techies of all ages will gather at Eakins Oval, located in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to play the Tetris game on the 29-story tower.
Dr. Frank Lee, the founder of Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, will turn Cira’s LED arrays into a fully interactive version of the Tetris game, in honor of both Tetris’ 30th anniversary, as well as to kick off festivities for Philly Tech Week. Visitors will be able to play the game using an arcade-style controller at Eakins Oval. More than 100 people, randomly selected from an online lottery, will also have the opportunity to play. [Read more...]
Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University have partnered to kick off Philly Tech Week with a game of Tetris on the side of a skyscraper on April 5. Players will have a chance to play against each other on the north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s 29-story Cira Centre, which adds up to more than 100,000 square feet of surface.
In addition, AT&T is sponsoring “Arcade at the Oval,” a festival of gaming that will allow individuals to play classic arcade games, enjoy food from local food trucks, and watch live performances as the giant game of Tetris takes place.
Techno Source has been awarded exclusive licensing rights worldwide to develop Tetris tabletop games, both electronic and non-electronic. Techno Source’s tabletop games, based on the iconic Tetris video game, will be introduced at retail beginning in 2011.
Blue Planet Software, Inc., the company that manages exclusive licensing rights to the Tetris brand, has also announced that the brand will be expanding into merchandise licensing. The company hopes to ‘broaden its demographic reach and further solidify brand awareness.”
Through the years, Tetris has risen in popularity and widespread appeal to become the most popular mobile game of all time, with more than 100 million mobile downloads. The game is available in more than 50 countries and more than 30 different platforms, from mobile phones to computers.