The fourth annual Philly Tech Week kicks off this year with some outrageous gaming on a University City high-rise -- sound familiar?
On April 4, a massive Tetris match will be showcased on both sides of the 437-foot Cira Centre in University City. Players will take their joysticks at Eakins Oval and square off against opponents near Drexel University (the exact location is still yet to be determined), where they’ll see the classic video game displayed on the 29-story “screen,” which is really just a skyscraper embedded with LED lights.
Last year, Drexel University professor Frank Lee, who also founded the school’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, wowed us with a similar feat – a game of Pong on the Cira Centre, which earned a Guinness World Record accolade this past November for the largest architectural video display ever conducted.
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Lee said this year’s Tetris game actually was his original plan. In 2008, when he was jogging on I-76 one day, he said the sparkling lights on the Cira Centre reminded him of the iconic puzzle pastime. Read more about this story on PBJ.com.