How crazy are you for video games and to what extent will you go to own one? The answers to this question will be varied as a lot depends upon which particular game is being mentioned here. Even then it will be rather startling if someone agreed to pay a million dollars for a game and that to one which does not run on any of the very recently developed platforms. We are here talking about Tetris.
For those who are not aware, Tetris was a puzzle video game designed and created by a Russian Alekséi Pázhitnov way back in 1984. Those were the times when the Play Stations and X Boxes were no where in the picture. The game consists of pieces of falling tetrominoes and all these pieces have to be neatly arranged at the bottom of the screen. Every neatly arranged layer sans gaps is erased from the screen making way for more. The aim is to not let the pieces pile up till the top. The higher up the level ladder you go the faster the pieces fall making the game even more challenging.
Ever since the game was launched it attracted great attention. The colorful pieces falling and the aim to arrange them as fast as possible were catching on with all, children and adults alike. Now the game is a part of almost every video game console. It can be found on mobile phones and PDAs as well as portable media players. Due to the fun and challenge involved in the game, many people get addicted to the same.
In spite of this immense popularity it will be quite unusual to think of parting with one million dollars for the game. The seller, however, has a reason for demanding this huge amount. It is claimed to be the only one of its kind in the whole world and what makes it special is not the game. It is what appears on the hardware. This 16 bit Sega Mega Drive cartridge is claimed to be a “rare, exclusive, elusive, obscure and desirable centerpiece” by the owner as it is the only one to have been signed by the creator Alekséi Pázhitnov himself. That does sound some really good reason.
If you are willing to shell out that huge amount you sure prove yourself to be one the greatest fans of the game and its creator.