To help celebrate classic arcade title Frogger's 30th birthday, and to make a case for its inclusion in the Smithsonian's new The Art of Video Games exhibit, DeVito Verdi Interactive Creative Director Tyler DeAngelo leveled up the game to be as challenging as the real world, with this hack that brings the nimble amphibian to the streets of New York City, Fifth Avenue Frogger.
DeAngelo directed a live webcam at some of the "most dangerous drivers in the world," on New York City's Fifth Avenue. That data is tracked onto the routes of cars in the classic game, so that they mimic what's happening on the road in real time. "It's really fun, actually," DeAngelo says. "I mean, if you play at 3:00 am, it's pretty easy to win, and if you play at 4:30 on Friday it's almost impossible, which kind of adds to the charm."
DeAngelo spent eight months building the game "for fun," and "to explore the relationship between how real events can affect a gaming experience," he says. As part of the experiment, he brought the arcade console to closer to home on Fifth Avenue, where passersby could see if they'd survive frogging the cars in front of them on the street. Now, the game's back in his office "looking for home," but "still works and the camera is [still] hooked up,"
Check out more about the project at 5thavefrogger.com.