If you’ve never played Pong before (and I’m not talking about beer pong, although I’m sure you’ve played that), then you’ve definitely heard your parents talk about it. The game is simple: a dot represents a ping pong ball, and two lines represent the paddles.
The classic game is coming to life in a big way for Philadelphia’s third annual Tech Week. Drive into center city on any given night and you can see the Cira Centre in all its glory. Covered in LED lights, the building can be completely lit in different colors to support any Philly team that’s playing that night. Next week, a lucky few people will be able to play Pong on the face of the Cira Centre from joy sticks set up on the steps of the Art Museum.
Dr. Frank Lee of Drexel University is the man behind the event, dubbed “The Grandest Game of Pong on the Planet.” Of turning the building into a massive, functional arcade game, he says:
“This is something I’ve been envisioning for quite a while,” Lee said. “Not only is this something that’s just fun for anyone who’s ever played a video game, but it’s also a uniquely interactive art installation. One of the main goals of this event is to inspire wonder and creativity in anyone who sees it, especially kids.”
If you want to enter the lottery to play Cira Pong, enter here before tomorrow at 5 PM!
Pong is cool – but what video game would you want to see blown up to this larger-than-life size?