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Tetris. An all-time classic, loved the world over. But I don’t care how much you appreciate this game; you are participating in yet another act of cultural appropriation by Western society. Alexey Pajitnov’s puzzler has been exploited and reproduced countless times, with the most recent being Ubisoft’s ‘Tetris Ultimate’. Yes, it’s broken, but that’s what you deserve, you greedy scumbags.
As popular as Tetris is, the subtext and messages fly right over many ignorant players’ heads. Ben Kuchera of reputable gaming website Polygon describes the Russian masterpiece as being “about the impossibility of imposing order onto never-ending chaos.” He further explains that “the music and theme itself is INCREDIBLY political in Tetris.” Any educated professional can tell you that world music and a game about falling blocks indeed carries significant political connotations.
The Soviet Union may no longer live, but that does not give the West the right to continue exploiting this “Soviet Mind Game” block puzzler. Between companies like Nintendo, Capcom and Arika, the cultural appropriation of Tetris has gone on for too long; all for American capital gain. Don’t even get me started on ‘Hatris’. That product of the hatriarchy is so gross that Alexey Pajitnov is still rotating in his Tetromino-coffin.