Reminder: Don't play Frogger on real-life roads
If developers can create video games based on real-life situations, why not try to recreate a video game in real life?
That can be a fun and charming idea if, say, it involves staging a round of Pac-Man around Washington Square Park in Manhattan--aka, Pac-Manhattan. It is less so if you're talking about redoing Frogger, the game in which you try to direct an audacious amphibian across multiple lanes of moving traffic without getting him squashed first.
Just ask the unidentified 23-year-old man who attempted that in Clemson, S.C., Monday night. According to such reports as this one from local station WYFF, he bolted across a four-lane road and was promptly hit--not fatally--by a passing SUV. The reason became apparent after police did a little digging:
Investigators said they later determined that the man and his friends were talking about playing a game known as "Frogger." [....] Police said before he was hit, the 23-year-old yelled "go" and darted into oncoming traffic where he was struck by a 2010 Lexus SUV.
The Greenville News's account (registration required; search for the headline to read it without logging in) offers a few more details but doesn't clear up one obvious question: "it's not known whether alcohol was involved."
Yes, it's possible that might be a factor.
Fortunately, this, ahem, losing contestant is in stable condition, so we can joke about this now.
But in all seriousness: Kids, don't try this at home or anywhere else, as playing in traffic is a certifiable Bad Idea. (Crossing a wide street with fast-moving vehicles can be dangerous even if there's no sport intended, as a scan through recent Post stories should make painfully clear.) If in any doubt, look up a copy of the 1998 Seinfeld episode "The Frogger," in which George Costanza's attempt to preserve an arcade machine with his high score is cruelly thwarted by--who knew?--passing traffic.
Maximum PC's site offers a suggestion for a less dangerous game to reenact:
Perhaps next time he has a hankering to bring a classic title to life, he'll start with Pong and work his way up.
But as a certain commercial reminded us all a few years ago, a real-life game of Pong could be tricky too. If you have other suggestions for lower-impact video games to replay outside the screen--or, I suppose, for games that would be even more unwise to reenact in the physical world than Frogger--I welcome them in the comments.
| December 29, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
Categories: Digital culture, Games
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