The Tetris Effect

"The world's first commercial electronic video game, Computer Space, was released in 1971. The world's first electronic stock market, the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ), opened in 1971. The world's first scholarly journal devoted to the study of autism and autism spectrum disorders in children, The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, published its first issue in 1971." -- Justin Wolfe on gaming, the financial system and autism, at The Awl. [Thanks, Choire!]


  1. 1971:
    Uniform Monday Holiday Act
    26th amendment
    TV cigarette ads end
    political corruption in comics allowed
    first commercial electronic video game Computer Space
    first ARPANET email
    first microprocessor Intel 4004
    first pocket calculator
    NPR, Starbucks, Greenpeace, Amtrak, FedEx, NASDAQ
    Attica, Nixon Shock, Pentagon Papers, D.B. Cooper
    Anarchists Cookbook
    Jim Morrison dies
    The Gutenberg Project
    Stanford Prison Experiment

      1. No, no, no.
        The Gutenberg Project (b. July 4 1971) is Jim Morisson’s soul (d. July 3 1971)
        The Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia (b. Jan 1, 1971) is the Beatles soul (d. December 31, 1970) (sort of).
        Got it?

  2. That was Super Fantastic: except that I have no time for my video games today as I hyper-focused on it and blew too much of the afternoon on it.

  3. That was great.

    Really hate the paragraph Boing Boing chose to quote, though. 

    I almost didn’t click the link as I expected some bogus study  linking autism to gaming…instead I got a very well written, poignant piece of writing.

  4. “We were sitting in the Pogo lounge of the Beverly Heights Hotel, in the patio section of course, drinking Singapore Slings  with Mescal on the side, hiding, from the brutish depths of reality in this foul year of our lord, nineteen-hundred and seventy-one”.

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