Supersized game of PONG comes to life in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 4, 2013 10:11 AM

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of Pong.

The classic Atari video game will come to life on the facade of a 29-story skyscraper. Hundreds of built-in LED lights at the Cira Centre will replicate the familiar paddles and ball.

The effort is the brainchild of Drexel University professor Frank Lee, who co-directs the school's game design program.

Pong will be played April 19 and 24, to bookend an event called Philly Tech Week.

The black-and-white arcade game introduced in 1972 had no graphics, just geometric shapes. Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it.

In Philadelphia, gamers will control their paddles from afar, standing across the Schuylkill River from the building.


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  • Paul img 2013-04-05 06:24

    One of my fondest memories involves a good childhood friend of mine having Santa bring him Pong in the Christmas of 72. We played it on a 13" black and white television. The game came with a clear cellophane sheet bisected with a vertical line. The sheet clunk to the TV screen and represented the line dividing the two sides of the court. We played for hours. That was a long time ago yet I vividly recount being as happy as my children are today playing the XBox.

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