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Apr. 20, 2013 5:35 pm

World’s largest video game: PONG on the Cira Centre [VIDEO]

The third annual Philly Tech Week Presented by AT&T was kicked off Friday night at the South Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the world's largest video game. Despite a storm that threatened throughout and closed down the event around 9:30pm, several hundred still came out.

The third annual Philly Tech Week Presented by AT&T was kicked off Friday night at the South Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the world’s largest video game. Despite a storm that threatened throughout and closed down the event around 9:30pm, several hundred still came out.

As previously reported, it was the dream of Drexel’s Dr. Frank Lee brought together by a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, Cira’s owner Brandywine Realty Trust, the Art Museum and Philly Tech Week.

Last night’s kickoff, which featured music from Cheap Dinosaurs, food trucks and retro arcade games, will be repeated Wednesday. There also was Geekadelphia cofounder Eric Smith dressed in his Master Chief outfit.

Geekadelphia cofounders Tim Quirino, left, and Eric Smith, right, dressed in his Master Chief costume at Pong. Photo lovingly stolen from Quirino's Instagram.

Geekadelphia cofounders Tim Quirino, left, and Eric Smith, right, dressed in his Master Chief costume at Pong. Photo lovingly stolen from Quirino’s Instagram.

The first game was won by Lee over Brandywine CEO Jerry Sweeney. The second game was between two students of the TechGirlz program, followed by other youth STEM groups and lottery winners.

Aside from some initial lag time in the first few games, playing picked up enough to allow nearly 60 people to play before rain stopped play just more than an hour into the event.

Watch some video of the event:

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National Coverage:

On Wednesday night, Dr. Lee and team also showed off Tetris, which you can see below.

TV Coverage

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On Wednesday, Dr. Lee also sent a message to his wife by way of the building, which you can see below.

Local Coverage

The preview video:

Buy some photos of the event here. Read more on the backstory from Polygon here.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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