'Pong' played on Philly skyscraper earns record

The classic Atari video game Pong is played on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday April 19, 2013. Hundreds of built-in LED lights embedded in the north face of the Cira Centre were used to replicate the familiar paddles and ball with gamers controlling giant, table-mounted joysticks across the Schuylkill River from the building. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

November 18, 2013 3:38:37 PM PST
A college professor who played a supersized video game on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper now holds a Guinness record for the feat.

Drexel University professor Frank Lee re-created the classic Atari video game "Pong" on the 29-story Cira 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. They were controlled by a joystick about a mile away.

Drexel officials learned on Friday that the project earned Lee the Guinness World Record 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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