Philly Turns Entire Skyscraper Into Pong

Philly Turns Entire Skyscraper Into Pong

A university professor's daydream turned into what might be the biggest Pong ever.

As part of their annual Philly Tech Week, event organizers in Philadelphia have turned a building into a giant screen for a game of Pong. The 29-story Cira Centre has a grid of LEDs on mirrored glass, and those were perfect "pixels" to become a 400-foot screen. All for the glory of the venerable Pong. Two joysticks were connected to a laptop, which was connected to a 4G hotspot about a quarter mile away. The 4G went right to the computers controlling the building's lights, and it looks like, aside from a little lag, the giant screen worked pretty well.

The entire display was the daydream of Drexel University Game Design professor Frank Lee. Lee told NPR that one day in 2008, as he was driving by the building he "saw Tetris shapes rotating and falling. And that began the long journey to make this game." The organizers of Philly Tech Week, it seems, liked the end product of Lee's five year dream. More games of Pong will be played on the skyscraper screen throughout Tech Week.

Darren Davis, a 17 year old high school junior, was the victor. He won the right to play in a lottery of around 1,000 people.

Source: NPR

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It would be cool if they could put this on the Empire State building
PONG! The eighth wonder of the world!

That's pretty damn fantastic!

Beyond the game element, I just love it when buildings invest in elaborate lighting schemes.

Err didn't someone did this ages ago granted it was a smaller building? Regardless it is still pretty neat.

And now after seeing this, I await a game of Tetris played on a skyscraper that, whenever a line is completed, destroys a floor of the building.

There may be casualties but my idea is clearly worth it.

This is literally just a few blocks down the street from me and somehow I had no knowledge of it until now. I'm not sure if I should feel shame/anger at myself or just gratitude to The Escapist for letting me know about local, wonderful things.

Andy Shandy:
And now after seeing this, I await a game of Tetris played on a skyscraper that, whenever a line is completed, destroys a floor of the building.

There may be casualties but my idea is clearly worth it.

We can do it for a building that is being demoed. Of course it would take forever to get that damn straight block! >.<

OT: That's pretty cool that the people who owned the building let them do that. I wouldn't mind something like that happening for one of my Uni classes one day.

If I ever become an evil Cyberpunk Villain, I plan to use the city my corperation dominates as a giant video game system, and dispatch my private army to terminate anyone who interferes.... I am so far above you you plebes have homes only to serve as the screen for my gamebox. If you don't wash your windows, my enforcers shall execute you and find corperate proles more in line with their duties. :)

That said, it is pretty cool, one of those stunts I'm likely to remember for a long time, and referance years down the road when it's hard to prove it ever happened. :)

Neronium:

Andy Shandy:
And now after seeing this, I await a game of Tetris played on a skyscraper that, whenever a line is completed, destroys a floor of the building.

There may be casualties but my idea is clearly worth it.

We can do it for a building that is being demoed. Of course it would take forever to get that damn straight block! >.<

OT: That's pretty cool that the people who owned the building let them do that. I wouldn't mind something like that happening for one of my Uni classes one day.

well, we already have the technology

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122065-Meet-Tokyos-Amazing-Shrinking-Building

just has to be faster

Shit man I was visiting Drexel over the weekend I wish I had been around to see this it looks so awesome.

I suppose Pong is more exciting to watch than Tetris, but it just looks too cramped.

 

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