Brazil Building Becomes World's Largest Arcade Game

Category: Technology / Apr 08, 2013 4:15PM EDT
Residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil's bustling financial capital, have been encouraged to slow down and take a break by playing old video game classics at an astonishing scale, on the side of an office building in the heart of the city. An international group of digital artists programmed the pyramid-shaped facade of a downtown cultural center into an oversized 3,000 square meter (32,292 square feet) video game screen. Those up for the challenge are invited to use an iPad as a control piece to play games based on old throw backs like Pac-Man, Tetris, and the specially-created "Paulista Invaders" based on the popular Space Invaders game in which cyclists battle against speeding motorists in city streets. The digital artists behind the exhibit titled, "Play!" said they wanted to showcase video game art of the 70s and 80s while persuading people to pause long enough from their busy lives to look around and enjoy the city they live in. Thanks to its popularity the exhibit, which launched on March 25, has been extended until April 14, helping to ensure that while the game may eventually be over, it won't be forgotten. Video Source: Reuters