This weekend in Philadelphia, gamers got the chance to play a version of the classic video game Tetris on a one-of-a-kind platform: the side of a skyscraper. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the game, the organizers of Philly Tech Week worked to recreate the geometric-inspired time-killer on the side of the 29-story Cira Center. The 100,000-spuare-foot screen—made from thousands of LED lights—was an effort to break a world record last set by a game of Pong on the side of the same building. A lottery was used to select the lucky few gamers, who won the chance to have an entire city collectively judge their Tetris strategy ... Discuss

 

Candy Crush, as you may have heard, is a ninety-nine cent game about candy. The company is looking to go public, and they say they're seeking a $7.6 billion IPO, because "value" is a very fluid concept in the iPhone game app industry.

Perhaps you remember Draw Something? Farmville? Even the mighty Angry Birds franchise is on shaky ground. There is a lesson in all those: when you bet on longevity in an industry that runs on boredom, brace yourself for disappointment ... Discuss

 

Prepare for more pointless hours attempting to navigate a gravity-challenge bird through a series of precariously placed pipes. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the reclusive creator of the breakout hit smartphone game Flappy Bird said he is “considering” bringing the app back online. Last month, Dong Nguyen shocked fans when he decided to take his simple-but-popular game offline, citing concerns that it was just too addictive. He told Forbes in February, “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem.” Though Nguyen is currently focused on a few new game ideas, he said that if he does bring Flappy Bird back, it will come equipped with a warning in an effort to prevent people from becoming addicted: “Please take a break” ... Discuss

 

If you’re looking for yet another reason to head to Austin for the SXSW festival (that is, aside from the film showings, technology expos, concerts and cookie-and-milk creations), there’s also a real-life Mario Kart track. Motor oil company Pennzoil teamed with Nintendo to bring the classic video game to life using virtual “weapons” (like banana peels and turtle shells) to slow riders as they race around the game-inspired track. Each cart is also equipped with a GoPro camera that captures the action in real-time, displaying the game-like experience to spectators on a big screen. Though reviewers from The Verge said that the execution of the augmented reality race required too much suspension of disbelief, if you ask us, the idea still sounds pretty epic ... Discuss