Tetris fans in Philadelphia got to indulge in playing the classic video game this past Saturday, but in a way that none of them ever have–on the side of a massive city skyscraper!
The windows of the Cira Centre, which rises 29 stories into the sky, has LED lights that flash bright and colorful images when the sun goes down, but for Tech Week, which celebrates technology and inspires new ways for people to think about technology, became a gigantic Tetris board, much to the delight of onlookers and those who got the chance to play.
Super-Sized Tetris Game Thrills Fans
Players who got the chance to interact with the super-sized version of Tetris watched the brightly-colored yet familiar shapes fall down the side of the building as they tried to maneuver them into place with traditional joysticks. The game was played on both the northern and southern faces of the Cira Centre, and considering the size of the screen, which measured 100,000 square feet, this version of the game just may be the largest ever played, anywhere.
Fans of the game entered a lottery to get the chance to play the game, and and one winner, Sam Robinson said it’s by far the most challenging version of the game he’s ever played. “It has been probably 15 years since I played Tetris last on a Game Boy, and it’s much different playing on the side of building that’s a half-mile away,” he said. “Everything’s happening so quick.”
Huge Game Designed by Tetris Fan
Frank Lee, who is an associate professor of digital media at Drexel University, designed the giant Tetris game. He says that he’s always been a fan of classic video games and that Tetris was the obvious choice for this project.
Lee told those who were lucky enough to get the chance to play, “This project began as a personal love letter to the games that I loved when I was a child – Pong last year, Tetris this year. But it ended up as a way of uniting the city of Philadelphia.”