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  • The number of board states in Tetris can have (assuming a 10 × 20 playfield) is 2200 = 1 606 938 044 258 990 275 541 962 092 341 162 602 522 202 993 782 792 835 301 376 ≈ 1.6 × 1060.
  • The number of valid board states (states without any completely filled lines and where there no completely empty lines in the middle of the stack) is 1023 + 1022 × 1022 + ... + 102220 = 1 546 831 721 292 591 640 116 011 560 045 710 774 439 430 123 900 352 379 195 051 ≈ 1.54 × 1060.
  • Nowadays Tetris logo was drawn by Roger Dean

Also, according to RealTechnews:

  • The game inspired a terrible single in 1992 by Dr Spin, featuring samples of music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • In September 2002, Faiz Chopdat, 23, of Blackburn, was jailed for four months after refusing to turn off his mobile on a flight from Egypt to Manchester. The crew asked him three times to switch off the phone, which was interfering with the plane’s communications system, but each time Chopdat turned it on again. He was playing Tetris.
  • The world’s smallest game of Tetris took place under an electron microscope using 42 glass ‘microspheres’ at the Department of Physics of Complex Systems in Amsterdam (video here)
  • Yuri Yevushenko, director of the Russian Academy in the 1980s, claims Tetris is so successful because "unlike American games it is not about murder, shooting or chasing; it is about building and order."
  • In a recent US study at the Harvard Medical School’s department of psychiatry, 27 Tetris players spent seven hours a day, for three days, playing the game. Many had ‘Tetris dreams’.

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