Philadelphia’s ‘Tetris’ Game Broke The Guinness World Record!

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It’s not like I had anything to do with it, but it’s still pretty thrilling to have physically been in witness of a Guinness World winning event! Back in April, Drexel University associate professor Frank Lee created a version of Tetris that would be playable on the side of the Cira Centre, a 29-story building.

The project was meant to

unite the people of the city of Philadelphia around a public art installation – to give them a shared experience and inspire them to think about how a building can be more than just a building and, by extension, how the city can be much more than just a bunch of buildings and people sharing the same space.

And it definitely did that. I might have been shivering from the cold winds that night but the excitement of everyone around me had me so pumped that I did not care. Everyone would “ooooh” every time the piece wasn’t flipped and placed into the perfect spot, and everyone would cheer as the pieces descended from the top or cleared a line. Tetris is addictive but this took it to a whole new level (in more ways than one)!

You can watch some of the footage here, as well as Lee talking more about the project.

Congrats to Frank Lee on breaking the record for the “largest architectural video game display”! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year’s Philly Tech Week!

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