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Friday, April 21, 2000; Page E11

BLOCK PARTY

Students who live in the "Tech House" building at Brown University have put together a 10-story version of the addictive falling-block game Tetris on the side of the university's Sciences Library. Christened "La Bastille" by the 30 students who worked on the project for about four months, the game operates on thousands of Christmas lights stuck to boards put up against the library's windows. Don Engel, a math-physics major who worked on the project, said the Tetris-board shape of the building "cried out for" a giant version of the game, which can be played only at night, after the library is closed. Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, said in a phone interview yesterday that he was "amazed" and "very grateful" to the students. "It was my dream for maybe 10 years to have something like that," he said. Web surfers can watch the game played for the next day or two at http://bastilleweb.techhouse.org.

-- Mike Musgrove

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