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Pieces fall into place for giant Tetris game

Pieces fall into place for giant Tetris game

BIG BLOCKS:The classic video game Tetris is played on the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia, using hundreds of LED lights embedded in its glass facade. The spectacle kicks off a citywide series of events called Philly Tech Week and also celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tetris. Photo: Associated Press/ Joseph Kaczmarek

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of Tetris fans gathered in Philadelphia to play the classic video game on the face of a skyscraper.

Images of super-sized shapes fell Saturday evening on the 29-story Cira Centre. The building has hundreds of LED lights embedded in its facade.

The gigantic game will help kick off an event called Philly Tech Week. It also celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tetris, which was created by a Russian computer programmer.

Drexel University professor Frank Lee oversaw development of the Philadelphia display. Last year, he created the world’s largest game of Pong on the same skyscraper.

It’s not the first time Tetris has been played on a building, but this could be the biggest version yet.

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