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Frogger Synchronized To Real-Life Traffic 43

Posted by timothy
from the bonus-lives dept.
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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Frogger Synchronized To Real-Life Traffic

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  • The story about the previous attempt at creating real-life Frogger links to a story that no longer exists.
    • Well he said it was dangerous.

  • Damn you videos (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    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.

    • by arth1 (260657)

      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.

  • by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @05:36PM (#39758429)

    Holes! I need holes!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 21, 2012 @05:41PM (#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...

    • by Machtyn (759119)
      Seeing their civil engineering in practice, I think I come away with why their software engineering is the way it is.
    • by ChatHuant (801522) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @08:25PM (#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.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      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....

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Ah I see you have visited north carolina

    • by BenJury (977929)
      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.
  • now i got that fucking song stuck in my head

  • Why is the "spokesfrog" a ... toad?
  • by m3000 (46427) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @06:38PM (#39758729)

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

    Just keep slow and steady.

  • Next (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dumuzi (1497471) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @06:39PM (#39758741) Journal
    Mario Kart synced to the Grand Prix. Eat my turtle Schumacher.
    • 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.
  • 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.

  • Don't Walk (Score:5, Funny)

    by sjames (1099) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @09:18PM (#39759629) Homepage

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

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

    • 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!

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