Pong! Cira Centre Game Officially a Record

By Wire Reports and NBC10.com
|  Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 8:14 AM EDT
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A Philadelphia skyscraper will be added to the Guiness Book of World Records, after Guiness confirmed that the largest architectural video display was conducted via a giant game of Pong played on the side of the building.

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A Philadelphia skyscraper will be added to the Guiness Book of World Records, after Guiness confirmed that the largest architectural video display was conducted via a giant game of Pong played on the side of the building.

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New York might have the tallest building in America but Philly has its own record-breaking skyscraper, sort of.

A college professor who played a supersized video game on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper now holds a Guinness world record for the feat.

Drexel University professor Frank Lee recreated the classic Atari game Pong on the 29-story Cira Centre last spring.

The building essentially became a 60,000-square-foot screen as hundreds of embedded LED lights replicated the familiar ball and paddles, which were controlled by a joystick about a mile away.

Drexel officials learned on Friday the project earned Lee the Guinness World Records mark for largest architectural video game display.

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Other gaming enthusiasts got to share in the fun in April. Players also tried out giant versions of Space Invaders and Tetris.

"Pong is a cultural icon, cultural milestone," said Lee before the Philly Tech Week event.

Pong, a black-and-white arcade game introduced in 1972, had no complicated graphics, just geometric shapes. Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it. A home version paved the way for the game console industry.

"This is my love letter to the wonders of technology as seen through the eyes of my childhood."

 


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