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People played Tetris on the side of a huge skyscraper to celebrate its 30th birthday

Yes, Tetris is 30 years old. Wowser.

Image: ASSOCIATED PRESS

WE WOULDN’T WANT to give loads of people the opportunity to see us fail at Tetris. Especially not blown up on a giant building.

But hundreds of Tetris fans gathered in Philadelphia on Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game – and get the chance to play it on a 100,000 square foot ‘screen’.

The LED lights on the city’s Cira Centre are normally used to display colourful patterns, but that night they were used to create super-sized Tetris blocks.

Players saw their game lit up on the side of the 29-storey building, controlling the blocks from half a mile away with a joystick.

The event was the brainchild of game designer Frank Lee, who saw it as a tribute to his favourite childhood games.

Frank Lee, Henk Rogers Managing director of The Tetris Co, Henk Rogers, and organiser Frank Lee have a go Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lee previously organised a Guinness World Record-holding giant game of Pong, which took place on the same building last year.

He told the gathered gamers:

This project began as a personal love letter to the games that I loved as a child – Pong last year, Tetris this year. But it ended up as a way of uniting the city of Philadelphia.

Watch the game in action here:

Source: AssociatedPress/YouTube

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