MIT hacker turns building into game of Tetris

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

A hacker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has turned one of the buildings into a virtual game of Tetris.

MIT’s Green Building, which is where the institute’s Earth and Planetary Sciences department is housed, was turned into a playable version of the beloved video game Friday.

The building has long been coveted as a Tetris site by hackers with its square and evenly spaced windows.

The hacking began with the word ‘TETRIS’ scrolling down the building’s side. As play commenced, each level would become more and more pale, which would make it difficult to know which type of block you had. The last level involved colors shifting.

Amazingly, this is not the first time such hacking has taken place.

In 1995, students at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands celebrated its 90th anniversary by playing Tetris on a campus building. Fifteen floors were used, each with 10 rooms along with 400 lights.

People all over the world could play using a telnet session. People all over west Holland could watch what was happening at the building. The Telecom Student Club of ETV used a GSM telephone and a laptop to put a picture online every 10 seconds.

In 2000, Brown University ran a Tetris game with eleven custom-built circuit boards, a 12-story data network, over 10,000 Christmas lights, a radio-frequency video game controller and a computer running on Linux. It was seen from Interstates 95 and 195 and from Narragansett Bay for a week.



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