Giant Tetris Game The classic video game Tetris is played on the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia, Saturday April 5.
Photo by: AP/Joseph Kaczmarek

Giant Tetris Game Kicks Off Philly Tech Week

by / April 8, 2014

Controllers+for+giant+game+of+TetrisHundreds of LED lights embedded in the facade of Philadelphia's 29-story Cira Centre was part of what made it possible to play Tetris on two of its sides. 

 

This two-sided game occupies more than 100,000 square feet of the building, and lets players compete from opposite sides of the city, according to Drexel University

Frank Lee, PhD, founder of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, created the larger-than-life game, in which players take the also large-sized controller at Eakins Oval, on the north side of the building, and square off against opponents stationed on the south side, according to the university. The game could also be played cooperatively in pairs. 

The event not only kicked off Philly Tech Week, which runs from April 4 through April 12 and focuses on technology and innovation, but also celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tetris.

Photo of controller courtesy of Drexel University