MIT Students Use LED Lights, Hack Building to Play Tetris

Students at MIT took to the university’s Cecil and Ida Green Building over the weekend to transform the 21-story research building into an oversized, playable game of Tetris. Emulating the classic ’80s video game with the help of a console and 153 color-changing LED lights, students were able to rotate and move colored blocks across the building. Like the original puzzle game, once someone lost, all of the colored blocks fell to the bottom of the building.

Students at MIT took to the university’s Cecil and Ida Green Building over the weekend to transform the 21-story research building into an oversized, playable game of Tetris. Emulating the classic ’80s video game with the help of a console and 153 color-changing LED lights, students were able to rotate and move colored blocks across the building. Like the original puzzle game, once someone lost, all of the colored blocks fell to the bottom of the building.

Students at the Cambridge, Mass., university are no strangers to coming up with hacks. The blog, Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People, has documented the school’s long hacking history, including several that have used the Green Building. In addition to the Tetris puzzle, the building, designed by architect I.M. Pei, has been transformed into a sound meter, Oscar statue and the United States flag, over the past two decades.

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