Philly Skyscraper Hosts ... Giant Game of Pong

Science stunt helps kick off Tech Week

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 20, 2013 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – If anyone in downtown Philadelphia last night was wondering about that strangely familiar pattern of lights on the Cira Center, the AP has the answer: They were epic games of the classic Atari game Pong. The games played out via LED lights on the facade of the 29-story skyscraper, with players controlling the action from across the Schuylkill River. The stunt, to kick off the city's Tech Week, is the brainchild of Drexel game-design professor Frank Lee. Another set of games takes place Wednesday.

The classic Atari video game Pong is played on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday. Players controlled the action from afar.
The classic Atari video game Pong is played on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday. Players controlled the action from afar.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
People play Pong on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia.
People play Pong on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Frank Lee, second on left, of Drexel University watches Sydney Nixon, right, and Lydia Solomon, center, play Pong, displayed on the facade of the Cira Center.
Frank Lee, second on left, of Drexel University watches Sydney Nixon, right, and Lydia Solomon, center, play Pong, displayed on the facade of the Cira Center.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
A woman watches a game of Pong.
A woman watches a game of Pong.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
The Atari logo is seen on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday April 19, 2013.
The Atari logo is seen on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
The classic Atari video game Pong is played on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday.
The classic Atari video game Pong is played on the facade of the Cira Center in Philadelphia on Friday.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Drexel University's Frank Lee explains the concept in this video from earlier in April.   (YouTube)

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