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Frogger Synchronized To Real-Life Traffic

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the bonus-lives dept.

Classic Games (Games) 43

Cerlyn writes "In order to celebrate 30 years of Frogger, Tyler DeAngelo and his friends created a version of Frogger synchronized to actual vehicles on 5th Avenue in New York City. Unlike a previous (dangerous) attempt at recreating the game, this version fits safely inside of a Frogger arcade cabinet, and pictures and videos of the construction of the game are available as well." (Just scroll down that first link to see the construction details.)

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43 comments

Bad link to the previous version (2)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758345)

The story about the previous attempt at creating real-life Frogger links to a story that no longer exists.

Re:Bad link to the previous version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758365)

unless timopthy has managed to edit it in the last second or two.... works for me

Re:Bad link to the previous version (1)

Brucelet (1857158) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758435)

The slashdot story exists but the yahoo article it links to is gone.

Re:Bad link to the previous version (2)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758665)

I spent a while searching for a copy of the Yahoo! article and came up with nothing. I did find this story from a local news outlet [wyff4.com] that probably says about the same as the Yahoo! article did. I also wasn't able to find more than search engine hints of a followup article saying that the guy was released from the hospital. He missed out [darwinawards.com] on a Darwin award, at least. I imagine he recovered mostly or completely.

Re:Bad link to the previous version (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 2 years ago | (#39764671)

Well he said it was dangerous.

synchronised Donkey Kong (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758373)

My favourite 'game and watch' (never saw at at the arcade) was good 'ole 'Donkey Kong'. I could play the first level my souns along with my eyes shut and had a 50/50 chance of getting hte 2nd level right too (as teh 1st barrel toss was one of 2 combinations).
The question is - how the hell are they gunna find something 'real' to synchronise that game with!
I've seen a few gorillas (mataphorically) on building sites but none of them threw barrels.

Re:synchronised Donkey Kong (1)

Reality Master 301 (1462839) | more than 2 years ago | (#39761813)

Then you just didn't insult them enough.

Damn you videos (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758379)

I skipped through the video in the second link then checked the first link for more information...and found that all the information about building it is in videos.

Sigh.

Re:Damn you videos (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758679)

Agreed. A few screenshots and a real article would have been much more useful. And would use so much less bandwidth that it might not be slashdotted so quickly either.

No, I can't view the Vimeo video - pressing play just switches from a black screen to a black screen. So there is no article.
Again, can /. please put a video icon on submissions where a video is a substantial/required part of the "article"? Cause this is wasting both time and bandwidth for many of us, for no good reason.

/. TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758383)

That video was cool. A perfect example of what could go on /. TV.

Holes! I need holes! (4, Funny)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758429)

Holes! I need holes!

Re:Holes! I need holes! (4, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758573)

Jerry, I've been preparing for this moment my entire life.

real life frogger = rest of the world (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758461)

The "real life" frogger story should make you all reflect on how nice we have it in the Western world in terms of pedestrian safety. Real life frogger is an every day reality in every third world country. Pedestrian fatalities are so common it's not even newsworthy. You tube "crossing the street in India" or insert your favorite third world country...

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758869)

Most of the Western World doesn't walk, so of course there are less pedestrian fatalities.

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (5, Insightful)

karzan (132637) | more than 2 years ago | (#39760331)

I think you'll find that outside North America, most of the Western world does walk extensively, and makes extensive use of public transport. There are even a few enclaves of civilisation in the US itself, like New York City, where this exotic practice can be seen without leaving your sacred soil.

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759161)

Seeing their civil engineering in practice, I think I come away with why their software engineering is the way it is.

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (4, Interesting)

ChatHuant (801522) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759345)

Real life frogger is an every day reality in every third world country.

Hehe, yes. I went to see the Pyramids a number of years ago, and did a bit of solo sightseeing in Cairo too. Crossing streets was a real challenge - pedestrian crossings, street signs or red lights were completely ignored by locals. The best strategy I came up with was to either close my eyes or keep them firmly on the other side of the street while crossing, moving at a steady pace and making a point NOT to watch for incoming cars. The point was that incoming drivers estimated my speed and aimed their cars either in front or behind me (I honestly don't think any of them ever stopped or slowed down to let me pass). Keeping a constant speed helped their estimation, while sudden changes like slowing down (or jumping away in terror :) ) would probably have caused an accident.

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39759899)

I know you are right, so I Googled "Crossing the street in Canada" instead.
this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTogWQfFUt0 8 minute video of geese crossing the street while trafic stops was the first link.
The police show up around the 7 minute mark to help a slow gozling finish the trip....

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39760033)

Ah I see you have visited north carolina

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39760071)

My niece visited India and was quite shaken by an incident where a pedestrian was hit and killed in traffic. Not only did the vehicle that hit him not stop, no one else did either and the victim kept getting run over again and again...

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39762933)

I think most believe he'll be back. And the rest who ran over him will have that on their karma. So no big deal from their point of view?

Re:real life frogger = rest of the world (1)

BenJury (977929) | more than 2 years ago | (#39761377)

Well whose fault is that? There are many things the first world can do to help the third world, but improving their traffic safty isn't one of them.

oh, great. (1)

sdnoob (917382) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758479)

now i got that fucking song stuck in my head

Curious Choice for the Spokesfrog. (1)

Psion (2244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758631)

Why is the "spokesfrog" a ... toad?

Re:Curious Choice for the Spokesfrog. (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758719)

They couldn't afford Kermit.

Re:Curious Choice for the Spokesfrog. (1)

allo (1728082) | more than 2 years ago | (#39761107)

but is the toad a lawyer?

I've played Frogger in real life (2)

m3000 (46427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758729)

It's called crossing the street in Vietnam [youtube.com]

Just keep slow and steady.

Re:I've played Frogger in real life (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759217)

My little brother came to visit me recently (China). While we were out shopping for some silk for his girlie, I walked across the street, thinking nothing of it. I looked back, and there he was, still on the other side. He took what I thought was an inordinately long time to wait for a gap, then finally joined me. Evidently, from someone who lives in America, I had just walked out into dangerous traffic. To me, it was no big deal and it's how things are every day. Crosswalk? Are you joking?

Next (3, Interesting)

dumuzi (1497471) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758741)

Mario Kart synced to the Grand Prix. Eat my turtle Schumacher.

Re:Next (1)

Another, completely (812244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39761259)

My first thought was "Brilliant!" but something like the Massa incident in Hungary 2009 might end up looking a little too much like life imitating art.

Real-Life Frogger (Starring Eddie Murphy) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39758853)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cb5Ka9SqGM&noredirect=1

One of Steve Martin's funniest movies ever. I still bust out laughing every time I watch this.

Won't somebody think of the children? (0)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759427)

Typical, another videogame that encourages youngsters to endanger themselves by running into traffic. Why, when I was a lad I almost got killed by a spider trying to play real-life Centipede. The only solution is to ban all forms of entertainment.

Re:Won't somebody think of the children? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39760473)

You try too hard to fit in here.

Re:Won't somebody think of the children? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39846423)

Typical, another videogame that encourages youngsters to endanger themselves by running into traffic. Why, when I was a lad I almost got killed by a spider trying to play real-life Centipede. The only solution is to ban all forms of entertainment that I personally don't like.

FTFY

Don't Walk (4, Funny)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759629)

I've often thought the Don't Walk sign should make the Frogger splat sound to discourage jaywalking.

just the start of things (2)

Gravis Zero (934156) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759741)

i cant wait for GTA 3 based on real life. "Intellectual Property infringement: 3 stars!"

Re:just the start of things (2)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 2 years ago | (#39760115)

I went to school at GMI, located in Flint Michigan. At that time there were large billboards with a phone and a word balloon of "911? Hello, anywhere there" advertising about lack of police. GTA police that drive around all over the place and chase you would be an improvement!

It's a novel gimmick... (0)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | more than 2 years ago | (#39760637)

But first it's not the original frogger. And second, the whole point of frogger was to play levels that get progressively more difficult. If you're playing on 5th avenue, you never know what, if anything, you're going to get.

Re:It's a novel gimmick... (1)

Another, completely (812244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39761425)

So level 1 should be some branded driving school training track, then Winslow, Arizona, progressing through New York, and working up to Cairo? There's something there, and lots of product placement and local tourism authority opportunities for alternate revenue streams. The overhead is just one web cam location with internet connection per level. Maybe "Frogger Route 66?"

Is 5th Ave. harder at 9am or 2am?

Re:It's a novel gimmick... (1)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | more than 2 years ago | (#39763751)

Or maybe, they start on 5th avenue, but work their way through faster roads, progressively getting more difficult, until you're on the Jersey turnpike? That might do it.

Re:It's a novel gimmick... (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 2 years ago | (#39764835)

A Frogger based on the NJTP traffic around the Manhattan exits--14 toward the Holland, 17 toward the Lincoln--would be exciting. Ditto for one around the lead-in to the George Washington Bridge. Those all have the fun property that cars are either bumper to bumper, leaving few holes, or are going at >55MPH. Within Manhattan, there's a harder level possible trying to cross the East or West Side highways with the same properties.

I don't know of a good way to rank them objectively, but the worst traffic messes I've even been--with spots I've spent stuck for multiple hours before just due to regular traffic (not a accident etc.)--are:

  • Manhattan tunnels
  • Long Island Expressway
  • George Washington Bridge crossing
  • DC beltway near the MD/VA border
  • Los Angleles rush hour

Re:It's a novel gimmick... (1)

Fned (43219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767827)

Just turn your head, you'll see what's coming up next.

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