I thought it might have been earlier, you know, like Donkey Kong, but its the first that has a Guiness World Record.
01 JULY 1993
Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov (b. 15 February 1944) became the first person to play a videogame in space when he packed a Game Boy and his personal copy of Tetris (Nintendo, 1989) for his trip to the MIR Space Station in 1993.
The game left Earth on 1 July 1993 aboard the Soyuz TM-17 rocket and was played during Serebrov's off-time while orbiting the planet.
"Like all cosmonauts, I love sport. My particular favorites are football and swimming. During flight, in rare minutes of leisure, I enjoyed playing Game Boy," wrote Serebrov in an autographed note that accompanied the game, and the Game Boy, in a 2011 auction.
Nintendo of America Senior Vice President, Howard Lincoln, met Alexey Pazhitnov, who created the game in 1985 on the Soviet Electronics-60 computer, in Moscow while securing the Tetris rights for home video game systems.
Lincoln also presented a Game Boy system with Tetris to Mr. A. A. Serebrov, a Cosmonaut and a big celebrity in the Soviet Union.
To demonstrate that Game Boy is the ultimate in portable video game systems, Serebrov will take it into orbit, and we believe that even in the absence of gravity, the Tetris block patterns will still fall into place.