MIT students hack building to play Tetris

Massachusetts Institute of Technology students perform "The Holy Grail of hacks" on side of building on campus in Cambridge, Mass., last Friday.

Students of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology have applied their smarts to bring the classic strategy game Tetris to the side of a building.

MIT students played Tetris on a building Friday night. Photo credit: Erik Nygren.

As spotted by The Huffington Post, last Friday evening, several MIT students "hacked" the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science building on the college's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to play a massive game of Tetris.

Described as "The Holy Grail of hacks" by the MIT Gallery of Hacks group, the game of Tetris was played using a console on the ground, which allowed the students to move, rotate, and drop multicolored pieces.

For more on the MIT Tetris game, check out the amateur video of the accomplishment, embedded below.

This is not the first time Tetris has been played on the side of a building. GameSpot sister site CNET reports that in 2000, students of Brown University accomplished the feat using a Linux computer and 10,000 light bulbs.

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Eddie Makuch

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

I can't believe a lot of people are still enjoying this game after over 25 years! I came across a gamearena page about tetris ( and noticed that this game is immensely popular at this time even with the advances in gaming technology. It must have appealed to something universal in most types of people around the world who are familiar with the game.even now, i still enjoy this game years after i stopped playing it.The fact that its creator was Russian did not diminish the popularity of the game even during its early years after release. (It was released at the height of the Cold War. )I wonder though why this little side project was labeled the 'Holy Grail of hacks'. It must be a pretty strong term for a project like this. this may be tough but there must tougher hacks around. sure going into the building's  lighting system and configuring the side lights to respond to a console on the ground may take time but other stuff like the making of "Flame" or "Stuxnet" may even warrant the term "Holy Grail". I can't think of any more difficult project than infiltrating a hostile country's nuclear facility and damaging its core systems. well, discussions aside, this project is still difficuly nevertheless but the term MIT used to call it may be a bit misleading and more of a publicity attempt in the least. I'm also thinking why this building has multicolored lights on this building alone. I think it would also help if scores are shown on the building. still a great project for me though. tetris still rocks!