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A bunch of academics hope to play the world's tallest game of Tetris next month – on the side of a Philadelphia high-rise.

Drexel University computer science professor Frank Lee and his team will turn an array of LED panels on the outside of the 29-story Cira Centre into a display screen that'll be used to play the puzzle game.

That array has an area of 59,800 square feet and, if it all works out, will tie the Guinness world record Lee set last year when he played a game of Pong on the side of the 437ft building.

The Tetris game is set to take place on April 4 during a tech week in the city: organizers of Technical.ly Philly said the game will be the headline event. Building owner Brandywinde Realty Trust has signed off on the demonstration – the Cira Centre often loans out its whopping display for promotions and whatnot.

Due to high demand, Technical.ly said it will use a lottery system to determine who gets to take a shot at the Tetris game during the hour-long event. Attendees can register for the lottery by signing up at the event's site or registering via Facebook.

Others have recreated the Nintendo classic on the sides of buildings, but none over 29 stories. ®

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