Kansas City, KS – To celebrate the 40th birthday of Pong — one of the earliest arcade video games — its maker, Atari, has turned a 22-story building in Kansas City into what may be the “world’s largest game of Pong.”
According to DowntownKC, in an effort to support City Lights and the Salvation Army, Atari submitted and received approval from the Guinness Book of World Records to move forward with an attempt to set the record for “The World’s Largest Game of Pong”.
Authorities of Guinness World Records have yet to make that title official, but the whole setup is still pretty impressive.
The gigantic 22-story game is to be featured during the city’s annual “City Lights” event and traditional tree-lighting ceremony. The south side of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown will serve as the gigantic screen.
Marketing director for the Downtown Council and member of the City Lights organizing committee said:
“This will be a holiday lighting ceremony like nothing you’ve ever seen. We are working with Atari, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original Pong, in an attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the world’s largest Pong game.”
The City Lights event will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 6 pm Friday with the traditional tree-lighting ceremony. The ceremony is at the Barney Allis Plaza (12th Wyandotte), but will encompass several nearby buildings including the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Not only will the Kansas City Marriott Downtown feature the enormous Pong Game, it will also feature spectacular, computer-generated holiday images. The ceremony will be completely free and open to the public.
This ceremony marks the official start of the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign.