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Giant Tetris game sets Guinness record

/ 07:42 AM June 25, 2014
Giant Tetris

In this April 5, 2014 file photo shown is the classic video game Tetris played on the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia, April 5, 2014, using hundreds of LED lights embedded in its glass facade. The spectacle kicks off a citywide series of events called Philly Tech Week and also celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tetris. AP

PHILADELPHIA — All the pieces have fallen into place for the designer of a giant Tetris game.

Drexel University professor Frank Lee has earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display. Again.

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Lee and two colleagues created a computer program to play the classic shape-fitting puzzle on two sides of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia.

They used hundreds of lights embedded in the glass facades of the Cira Centre. All told, the “screens” totaled nearly 120,000 square feet (11,000 square meters).

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Dozens of Tetris enthusiasts played the supersized version in April using a joystick from about a mile (2 kilometers) away.

The record announced Tuesday beat the previous one also set by Lee. Last year, he recreated the classic Atari game Pong on a side of the same building.

TOPICS: Cira Centre, Guinness Book of World Records, Pong, record breaking, Tetris
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