October 31, 2012

Your Pumpkin Sucks Compared To This

Every year around this time, the Internet lights up with pictures of elaborately decorated squash, carved to bear the images of pop culture icons, memes, and all manner of self referential themes. These carvers spend hours perfecting the right design, using carefully selected tools and an eye for impeccable detail. While there’s nothing wrong with creating a beautiful piece of vegetative art, Nathan Pryor’s gourd is much more creative than those pumpkins made to look like they’ve thrown their guts up.

Pryor has only carved a tall, rectangular grid on the face of his pumpkin, but in the spirit of Halloween, not everything is as it seems.

This pumpkin plays Tetris. Or is it Pumpktris?

Each of the holes in the tall grid has been outfit with LED lights which create all the familiar falling Tetronimos. An extra piece of awesome: The long stem of the orange gourd acts as the joystick as players move their puzzle pieces left, right and down. A flick of the joystick upwards changes the direction of the Tetronimos. .

On his blog, Pryor shares how he built this amazing thing, from selecting the pumpkin to drilling the holes to programming the game to installing the LEDs. All told, Pryor says piecing together 256 pieces of heat-shrink tubing and soldering together 313 joints took him 12 hours worth of work, a sobering dose of reality for anyone half way out the door to buy a second pumpkin.

It’s not only impressive that Pryor was able to dream and build this thing, but that he’s been able to keep a pumpkin looking so well for so long. Since he’s completed Pumpktris, he’s also been able to rack up a high score of 9800, which places him at a whole new level of badass.

There’s a video of the pumpkin in action as well, and while Pryor admits that putting the joystick on top of the game may not have been the best decision, he is already looking forward to his next project due out Summer 2013.

“Next up? Porting Halo to a watermelon.”

(He’s only kidding, of course.)

Image Credit: Nathan Pryor

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