Supersized Pong Game Is Ready To Go

PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2013)—The classic Atari video game Pong will come to life later this month on the facade of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia as hundreds of built-in LED lights at the Cira Centre replicate the familiar paddles and ball.

The effort is the brainchild of Frank Lee, a Drexel University game-design professor.

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 complicated graphics, just geometric shapes.

Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it.

A home version of Pong paved the way for the game console industry.

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

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