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Tetris Played on the Side of Philadelphia Building Sets World Record

by Ron Duwell | April 7, 2014April 7, 2014 9:30 pm EST

Kicking off Philly Tech Week, Drexel University game-design professor Frank Lee has one-upped the Guinness World Record he holds for the world’s largest architectural video game display. Last year, he impressed the world be programming Pong to play on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia, but this year he achieved his game by programming the building to play Tetris.

Standing half a mile away from the building, Sam Robinson, a city resident who won a special lottery, controlled the falling blocks and played an entire round of the popular puzzle game. He claims he joined the lottery on a whim, not expecting to win.

“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.”

Lee and a large crowd of enthusiasts joined him to cheer him on.

“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,” Lee said to a crowd of onlookers.

Altogether, the screen used to play Tetris  extends to both the north and south sides of the building and is estimated at roughly 100,000 square feet, a new world record for Lee if verified.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Tetris or any falling block puzzles for that matter. Mostly I play to practice so I can beat my mother during my holiday trips home, but that never happens. Still, I wouldn’t think to cast this aside as anything less than an exciting achievement. Congratulations to Frank Lee for making it happen.


Ron Duwell

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