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How to turn a skyscraper into a video game screen

The west facade of the Toren op Zuid in Rotterdam has 896 green lights on it that come together as a huge pixel screen. Unlike what you hoped you can do, which is playing a game of vertical Pong with your mates, it doesn’t do that, or at least, not by default. Usually it displays slow moving images in a matter that doesn’t disturb the neighbours too much.

video_wallsource: Tim Otto Roth at pixelsex.org

The idea of playing video games on skyscrapers isn’t new though. We already coined the term gamescraper for those buildings whose facade has been turned into a video screen, playing classic games like Tetris and Frogger.

This video shows you how it’s being done at the Shell Centre tower in London past Christmas. According to the Youtube page “the ambitious live demonstration, which transformed the building into a playable Tetris-style game, part of the renowned Christmas Lectures tradition since 1825, revealed how viewers can change the world from their very own home by taking control of the devices and everyday objects we use every day.”

What we can get from it is that there is quite some work involved, but definitely worth it. Now that you know how this works, you all should try this at your local skyscraper.

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