Playing Pong on the Cira Center

PHL 17 Philadelphia Watch the video Zach Lashway meets with Drexel professor Frank Lee, who will be playing the video game Pong on the lights of the Cira Center for Philly Tech Week.

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Pong Comes Back in a Big Way

Speakeasy Read the article It’s the battle of the 80s nerds, King Kong high. This Friday night at 8 p.m., a Drexel University professor plans to challenge Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to a game of Pong. Two white rectangles batting a small white dot across a black screen. You can smell the cartridge melting in […]

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Inventing a skyscraper console: How a professor is bringing Pong to Philadelphia’s Cira Centre

Polygon Read the article On a random day about five years ago, Drexel University professor Frank Lee drove past Cira Centre and decided that he wanted to turn the 29-story Philadelphia skyscraper into a video game console. Next Friday, April 19, Lee’s vision of a playable building will become a public reality. Thanks to Lee […]

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Man behind ‘Grandest Game of Pong’

Philadelphia Inquirer Read the article Headed for Center City on the sluggish Schuylkill Expressway, an ordinary driver’s eye might wander to the dramatic lighting on the glass-faced Cira Centre alongside 30th Street Station. One night it’s the Phillies logo. Another it’s a pink ribbon for breast cancer. Back in 2008, Drexel computer scientist Frank Lee […]

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Philadelphia skyscraper turns ‘Pong’ into ‘world’s largest video game’

NBC News Read the article “Pong,” the video game that first popularized the very notion of “video games” as a viable form of popular entertainment, is finally coming to the big screen. Except this new version of “Pong” isn’t going to appear in movie theaters or next-generation consoles (yet…), but the side of a 29-story, […]

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Supersized Video Game Slated For Side of Cira Building

Fox 29 Philadelphia Watch the Video When video games exploded on the scene decades ago, they forever changed Dr. Frank Lee’s life. “I guess in one sense I never grew up,” Lee laughed. Thank goodness he didn’t. On April 19th, the 43-year-old co-creator of Drexel University’s gaming program could break a world record. He’s hoping […]

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Philadelphia gets ready to play ‘Pong’ on building

Associated Press Read the article Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of “Pong” — on the side of a skyscraper. The classic Atari video game will be re-created later this month on the facade of the 29-story Cira Centre, where hundreds of embedded LED lights will replicate the familiar paddles and ball. Organizers […]

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For Philly Tech Week, play Pong on the Cira Centre

Newsworks Watch the video Ever wanted to play Pong on a 400-foot-tall screen? Starting April 19 you can. The arcade classic is coming to the north wall of the glass-sheathed Cira Centre. The building’s lattice of LED lights will display a lo-fi ball bouncing between opposing paddles. Lucky gamers (there will be an online drawing) will […]

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The Smartest People in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Magazine Read the article Gaming Guru Lee, 43, co-founder and co-director of Drexel’s renowned video-game design program,* plans to grow Philly into the Silicon Valley of ga­ming—not just by training future designers (“I tell freshmen that ga­ming is an ideal entry point into entrepreneurship”), but also by working with state legislators to give economic […]

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