It's okay to play with your food when it's a pumpkin turned Tetris arcade cabinet

Nathan/HaHa Bird

With Halloween just around the corner, this is probably the best time to stock up on ideas that will help set you apart from your neighbors. Since we've already given you some costume ideas, I thought we'd do it a little differently this time around and ask that you feast your eyes on the Pumpktris.

Yes, it's a real pumpkin. And yes, you can really pay Tetris on said pumpkin. According to its creator Nathan, the Pumpktris consists of 128 LEDs, 256 pieces of heat-shrink tubing, 313 solder joints, approximately twelve hours of hard labor stretched over a week and a half.

In case you were wondering, the controller is the stem of the pumpkin itself, with the help of a repurposed short-handle joystick that Nathan purchased from Sparkfun.

All things aside, however, here's the best thing about it: Nathan posted some instructions on his website so you can build your own. While it's not exactly a step-by-step guide, it'll likely be more than enough for those with a passing knowledge of engineering and garden-variety squash.

[HaHa Bird via Hack a Day]

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