Pong Played On Philly Skyscraper Nets World Record

By: AP -- (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP -- (posted by Greg Palmer)
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.

Shown is the Cira Centre, right, on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. The classic Atari video game will come to life on the facade of the 29-story skyscraper. Hundreds of built-in LED lights at the Cira Centre will replicate the familiar paddles and ball. The effort is the brainchild of Frank Lee, a Drexel University game-design professor. Pong will be played April 19 and 24, to bookend an event called Philly Tech Week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) 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 (SEHR'-ah) 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.

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


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