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And Now: Pong Being Played on a Philadelphia Skyscraper

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Posted on April 22, 2013 AT 10:33am

I think it would be irresponsible of me (a) as a videogame news reporter, (b) as a Philadelphian-turned-Californian not to share with you this delightful video of Pong being played on Philadelphia’s Cira building.

The giant-sized game of Pong was orchestrated by Drexel University professor Frank Lee, who was inspired by the Cira Centre’s—a very prominent Skyscraper in Philadelphia’s Center City—rather beautiful lighting.

“For whatever reason, I saw in my mind’s eye … Tetris shapes outlined by those lights, falling and twisting and rotating,” Lee told Polygon. “That, for me, became the start of this long five-year journey to make this game.”

Lee’s giant Pong dream was fulfilled last Friday, April 19. Another match is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, at 8PM ET.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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