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MIT Students Play Tetris on a Building

Remember way back when Tetris was first released? We had to play on small TVs. Eventually we were able to play on larger HDTVs, but it turned out that a 60″ flat screen still isn’t big enough for some people.

Last Friday, a group of MIT students performed a feat that isn’t exactly unique, but generally impressive when coherently completed: They turned the outside of a building 54 on campus (also called The “Green Building“) into a large game of Tetris.
They even used a console with controls to be able to move, rotate, and drop all of the familiar blocks, but there was a unique twist as the player progressed through the levels. When the player hits the second level, the blocks would become more pale in color, making it more difficult to to see, and during the third level, the colors on the screen-building shifted, making it even more difficult to keep track of the board. Apparently, the students used a joystick mounted on a podium at ground level to control the game, which mimicked the original’s title scroll and its classic “game over” animation.

Designed by I.M. Pei, the concrete structure is the tallest building in Cambridge, and its modular frame of windows proved the ideal vehicle for the task.

You can watch the video below to see how the night played out.

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