Seems like only yesterday we featured cartoonist Box Brown on the show to talk about his upcoming illustrated version of the world’s most popular game with Tetris: The Games People Play. And yet, there’s always room for more! Our guest on this cognitively vaccinating episode of the Popzara Podcast is journalist, online personality, sometimes DJ, and current section editor for CNET.com Dan Ackerman, here to talk about his new book The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World, out now from PublicAffairs books.
From the game’s tumultuous beginnings in Soviet Russia to its viral spread across the globe, Dan talks with Nathan Evans about not just the history behind designer and gaming legend Alexey Pajitnov’s creation helped transcend political ideologies, but also the double-meaning behind the book’s title: the actual psychological “Tetris Effect” the game had on players. It’s a story worth your time, even if you think you’ve heard it before; because once is never enough!