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Tetris On A 29-Story Building For All The World To See

I hope everyone understands just how unassailably cool this is.

What you see in the video below is the iconic video game Tetris, being played on the side of the 29-story-tall Cira Centre building in Philadelphia. This multiplayer footage, projected onto the building, is supposed to be a "social beacon."

That's what Professor Frank Lee called it: In speaking to Polygon, Lee said he hopes this will encourage people to take up coding:

"Coding is going to be so important in our future. Certainly you have a lot of people saying that as well, but this will be a fun way to engage students who might have never thought about going into programming.

[I want] to use this as a platform to try to reach those groups and those students to think about programming as a very creative endeavor."

Who would've imagined this back in the '80s? Certainly not me. Although, the phenomenon where people started seeing Tetris blocks everywhere they went was very real; it happened to me a few times. You start playing that game a little too obsessively, and things get kinda out of whack.

This really is a great idea, though.

Tags: tetris, professor frank lee, cira centre, gaming culture

4/7/2014 10:09:52 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (5 posts)

BikerSaint
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 12:23:26 AM
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That same building has also done the original Pong game too......

Here's the video of it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIK54dCbqI

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Sanjuro
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 1:37:55 AM
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I was hoping it was just people turning on and off their lights.. But it's still cool

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 6:03:31 AM
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i have to say this is pritty epic atleast the video was but tetris is a classic and thats that as far as i'm conserned

happy gaming =)

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Banky A
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 6:17:33 AM
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Boom boom baby. Compsci && engineering will always == the future.
Of course along with teaching/education.

Happy to be on board.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 7:29:28 AM
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They do this in Toronto every year at the night time Arts festival. They also do pong.

Last edited by Underdog15 on 4/8/2014 7:31:38 AM

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