Tetris, a 30 year old game, has been played on the surface of buildings in the past, but this time around, it seems that a new Guinness World Record is set as Tetris is played on both north and south sides of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre skyscraper, turning it into the largest architectural videogame display in the world.
Lee, who happens to be an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, is also the founder of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio. He did achieve a world record in the previous year, where one of Cira Centre’s 29-story LED arrays was transformed into a surface to play Pong, making it part of the festivities during Philly Tech Week.
This year, however, Lee made use of the LEDs that are located on both the north and south sides of the skyscraper, which would mean that the size of the display is theoretically doubled, taking up a huge 119,600 square feet. Talk about a really large screen display! This is not the kind of screen that you would like to be caught viewing something inappropriate, that is for sure.
Lee shared, “I’m delighted that we were able to earn this recognition once again. More so than breaking a record, my goal with this project was 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. I thank Brandywine Realty Trust, Technical.ly Philly and our other partners for sharing the vision and making this happen.” [Press Release]