Fifth Ave. Frogger Dodges NY Traffic

Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by in Blog

Frogger first hopped into our lives way back in ‘80s—along with neon colors and big hair. Luckily, Frogger is the piece of pop culture that stuck around.

To commemorate Frogger’s 30th birthday, the classic video game goes real-time with the help of advertising executive Tyler DeAngelo.

Instead of the normal Frogger obstacle course of cars, logs and alligators, DeAngelo uses real-time traffic on New York City’s busy Fifth Avenue as a backdrop.

DeAngelo used a webcam to record traffic in real-time. He then wrote code to correspond with the position of cars and turned it into live, streaming data.

The end result? Fifth Ave. Frogger dodges cars and trucks as they make their way through New York City.

DeAngelo took it a step further and installed Fifth Ave. Frogger in a real arcade cabinet, and set it on the sidewalk along Fifth Ave. in New York for players to use in real-time.

While Fifth Ave. Frogger is not as advanced as other graphic superstars out there, the remake  has won fans in love with classic video games.

DeAngelo and his co-creators ultimately hope to see their project featured in the “Art of Video Games” exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.