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Tetris is a video game, but its popularity blossomed during a time when video game systems were considered toys. Even though it’s almost 30 years old, Tetris still packs the same cerebral punch as it did the first time I stuck it in my Nintendo Entertainment System as a youngster. Created by Alexey Pajitnov in the 1980s, it teaches kids to think quick by presenting falling tiles and patterns to follow, as well as exercising their cognizance and mental reflex. On a personal level, I required all of my children to play the free-falling block placement puzzle game when they were still young enough to be intrigued by the blocks, bright colors, and music from a far away land, for obvious reasons. Truth be told, when I’ve had an especially hard day in the real world, I turn it on (and play online — of course) and zone out just to see if I can get further than I did the last time. Titillating relaxation at its finest.

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