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article imageGiant game of Tetris played on 29-story building

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 7, 2014 in Technology
Philadelphia - Last Saturday, Philly Tech Week put on a display to delight true geeks and the nerds-at-heart. The city was treated to a record-setting game of Tetris.
The event also served to highlight the 30th anniversary of the game. Tetris was designed by Russian computer programmer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. But it did not become a global obsession until Henk Rogers, brought the game to Nintendo’s much-loved Gameboy.
Competitors submitted their names in a lottery for a chance to play Tetris on the biggest screen ever. The game was projected on both sides of the 29-story Cira Centre, which is embedded with nearly 500 programmable LED lights. This year’s spectacle was twice the size of last year’s display which featured Pong, Space Invaders, and Tetris.
Frank Lee, professor at Drexel University, was in charge of both displays. The game design professor says the enormous architectural displays are not just about world records. Instead, Lee refers to his work as “personal love letter” to the games of his childhood. Judging by the hundreds of admirers, he is not alone.
Blazing- ahhh!
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