Blox at Bletchley Park

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the late 1980s/early 1990s I was an impoverished student writing computer games for fun and pocket money.

A couple of my text adventure games (Jacaranda Jim and Humbug) did pretty well as shareware, and I also wrote some simple arcade games.

One of those arcade games, called Blox, was a shameless rip-off of Tetris. I had only seen Tetris once at a friend’s house, and wasn’t completely au fait with all of its details (the scoring system for instance), but I realised it was addictive and reckoned I could knock up a simple clone with a couple of days’ effort.

Blox pretty quickly became popular in the college I was studying at, and it wasn’t unusual to find half-a-dozen strangers…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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