Large scale Tetris game controlled with DDR pads

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Even though Tetris came to the US 25 long years ago, it never fails to entertain. Whatever it is that gives the game such lasting power is a mystery to us, but we’re always interested in seeing fresh takes on the classic game.

MIT students [Leah Alpert] and [Russell Cohen] tweaked Tetris a bit to get players off the couch and literally thinking on their feet. The game boards were constructed using RGB LEDs installed in laser-cut acrylic tubes, arranged in a pair of large 6 foot tall floor standing matrices.

Game play progresses as you would expect, with two players battling head to head to achieve the high score, while simultaneously sabotaging their opponent. Instead of controllers however, each player stands on a Dance Dance Revolution mat, manipulating their game pieces with their feet.

While the DDR pads aren’t exactly a Kinect controller, we have no doubt that playing Tetris this way is incredibly fun – we would certainly install a pair of these boards in our game room without a second thought.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Comments

  1. atomsoft says:

    So Cool! Would be better if the LEDs where better aligned and diffused. But great!

  2. Andy Goth says:

    If you want to see how dance pad gaming is done, check this guy out:

    In this video, he plays all the way through Ninja Gaiden on a dance pad.

  3. Peter says:

    +1 for the tune, -1 for missing the double-blink before deleting a row.

  4. cughin says:

    ha, thats awesome

  5. KillerBug says:

    LoL…they should put the dance pads closer together so that you can randomly step on the other player’s closest pad in order to really screw them up!

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