You remember the classic game Frogger, right? An experience that required huge amounts of concentration and often resulted in tears of frustration. Tyler DeAngelo has taken the game and given it a modern spin. Instead of using randomly generated cars, why not scan actual cars that drive along 5th Avenue and plug that data in?
DeAngelo set up a camera above the streets of New York, and set up motion tracking software that would capture cars in realtime. The data is then sent to a computer housed within an original Frogger cabinet which was set up on the streets of NYC for pedestrians to play. The twist is that it’s not the game they remember, and they’re dodging real time data.
The creators of 5th Avenue Frogger, Tyler DeAngelo, Renee Lee, and Ranjit Bhatnagar, are trying to get the game showcased at the Art of Video Games exhibit, hosted at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the below video, the creators urge viewers to post to facebook.com/americanart and letting the Smithsonian know about the project.