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Philadelphia shows off its Tetris games on a 29-story skyscraper
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Game designers played Tetris on the side of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
The exhibition at Philly Tech Week‘s celebration of cool technology was one of a number of events that will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tetris, which was created by Alexey Pajitnov in the former Soviet Union and brought to the rest of the world by Henk Rogers. The spectacle was a great example of video game marketing at its finest, for the benefit not only of Tetris but the whole industry as gaming seeps deeper into popular culture.
Rogers, the managing director of The Tetris Company in Hawaii, was on hand to join the exhibition that was created by Frank Lee, the head of Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio. Lee created a working version of the famous Nintendo block-puzzle game through a contraption that controls the lights of the 29-story building.
In an interview with GamesBeat, Rogers said that Tetris has been downloaded as a paid game more than 425 million times on mobile devices in its history. Billions of games are played each year.
“It’s humongous,” Rogers said. “I love it. I’ve been playing around with a giant Tetris at Burning Man for the last seven years. This is an order of magnitude bigger.”
In the giant Tetris game, multiple players will be able to go head-to-head in a Tetris battle that people on either side of the city could watch. Several thousand people came out to witness the event.
Lee made news last year when he created the world’s largest video game last year to display a working version of Pong on a Philadelphia building. This time, once against as part of, Lee wanted to outdo himself with a bigger extravaganza.
The new version is a two-sided game of Tetris occupying more than 100,000 square feet of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre building. Last year’s Pong took up 59,800 square feet as part of a promotion for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Last year’s event received the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Architectural Video Game Display,” so this year’s will likely break that record. Pong used 460 light-emitting diodes affixed to the Center’s shadowbox spandrels.
This time, a player can take a controller at Eakins Oval, on the north side of the building, and face off against an opponent on the south side of the building. Players can also play a cooperative version of the game in pairs.
Check out the Tetris game in the video below.
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