While you were out schmoozing and boozing on Friday night, hackers from MIT were taking over the side of the Institute’s Green Building, turning it into a giant, playable, multi-color Tetris game. According to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, “MIT hackers have long considered ‘Tetris on the Green Building’ to be the Holy Grail of hacks.”
After posting images and a video on BostInno, the piece blew up. Everyone wanted to see how the control panel achieved the task, and we’ve contacted the IHTFP Hack Gallery to see if they can give us more details.
What did playing involve, though? As players moved on with the game, the levels became progressively harder. The second level featured more pale colors, making blocks harder to see, while the third involved the colors shifting on-screen. Once someone lost the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.
And while we thought — and still think — the hack is clever, we’ve received comments that other schools had accomplished the large-scale Tetris feat first, and did it better. So, you be the judge. Check out the three hacks below and then vote and let us know who hacked the hardest.
In 1995, students at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands celebrated its 90th anniversary by creating a gigantic game of Tetris. By using a simple telnet session, people from all over the world could play, according to a web archive. They used 15 floors, each with 10 rooms and then 400 lights.
When “La Bastille” was running at Brown University, it was the world’s largest fully-functional Tetris game, according to the school’s Technology House. Containing 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, the display could be seen from Interstates 95 and 195 and from Narragansett Bay for a week in 2000.
Last but not least, this weekend’s MIT hack.
Photo Courtesy of Erik Nygren