Hundreds of people gathered in Philadelphia on Saturday to witness what just might be the coolest way to play a video game, ever. On the surface of the 29-story Cira Centre, the world’s largest game of Tetris began.
It was in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary but the organizers hoped it would encourage people to think about the future of technology. The building has thousands of LED lights in it’s windows that usually are used to display different shapes and patterns. Instead, they decided to have people play against each other with a giant building.
This wasn’t the first time the game was played on a building, but it definitely set the record with its 100,000-square-foot “screen.”
“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,” Sam Robinson, one of the people who won the lottery to play, said. “Everything’s happening so quick.”
The spectacle kicked off Philly Tech Week, a week that is, as you can probably guess, all about technology and new innovations. Frank Lee, an associate professor of digital media at Drexel University, calls the game elegant and simplistic. He is also a game designer who oversaw the entire project.
Lee went on to say that, “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.”