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"Real life" Frogger was famously depicted in an episode of the show Seinfeld.  (Source: YouTube)

A similar game nearly cost a South Carolina man his life, when he was struck by an SUV.  (Source: WYFF News)
Don't try this at home, kids

The famous "The Frogger" Seinfeld episode, which aired in 1998, ends with George Costanza trying unsuccessfully to play "real life" Frogger, moving his Frogger arcade cabinet across the street, dodging traffic in a bid to reach a power source.  The episode ended in the cabinet getting struck by an incoming Freightliner, leading Seinfeld to quip, "Game over". [Video]

It was almost "game over" for a 23-year-old South Carolina man on Monday night.  According to Clemson police chief Jimmy Dixon, the man and his friends were intrigued with the idea of trying to act out the game Frogger (which involves a frog dodging oncoming traffic to get to a pond) in real life.

After his friend shouted "Go!" he began picking his way across the street, but he almost lost a life, when he was struck by a Lexus SUV.

WYFF 4 news reports the man to be in stable condition, as of Tuesday, and apparently will not be eligible to be a Darwin Award recipient.

Frogger began as a 1981 video game cabinet, developed by Konami and licensed by Sega/Gremlin.  Since then, the title has seen a release on nearly every major video game platform, including the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360, with over 20 million games sold worldwide from the franchise. 

The highest score on the original Frogger belongs to Pat Laffaye of Westport, Connecticut, USA, who scored 896,980 points on December 22, 2009.

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By AstroGuardian on 12/29/2010 10:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
What does unemployment do to people eh? He didn't have a smarter thing to do...

By AssBall on 12/29/10, Rating: 0
By Luticus on 12/29/2010 11:20:18 AM , Rating: 1
Hey... it's funny and it's based on tech... cut the man some slack.

I died laughing when i read this!

By Brandon Hill on 12/29/2010 11:24:52 AM , Rating: 4
I bet you're a hit parties

By AssBall on 12/29/2010 11:58:37 AM , Rating: 1
Lighten up, it was some tongue in cheek ironic fun poking. I promise I clicked all your ads too.

By Anoxanmore on 12/29/2010 1:04:00 PM , Rating: 3
You didn't click my ads, you jerk. :P

By MrBlastman on 12/29/2010 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 4
I like fun poking too, especially if there is a little tongue in the cheek on the side...

By foolsgambit11 on 12/29/2010 5:32:35 PM , Rating: 2
He's a regular Buzz Killington.

By Alexvrb on 12/29/2010 7:43:47 PM , Rating: 3
His handle is Assball, I don't think I'd get too bent out of shape over anything he says. :P

P.S. Mintberrrrrry Crunch!

By Phynaz on 12/29/2010 11:33:52 AM , Rating: 1
You beat me to it.

Dailytech is now juvenile blog for page hits.

By ClownPuncher on 12/29/2010 2:30:57 PM , Rating: 1
I sold out long before you ever heard my name.

I sold my soul to make a record,
Dip shit,
And you bought one

By spread on 12/29/2010 6:03:24 PM , Rating: 3
What does unemployment do to people eh? He didn't have a smarter thing to do...

I'm pretty sure he was stupid enough with or without unemployment.

Almost made it to the Darvin Awards...
By sviola on 12/29/2010 10:47:51 AM , Rating: 2
Well, when you think people can't get any dumber, there it goes...Anyway, he should get an honorary darwin award...

RE: Almost made it to the Darvin Awards...
By GulWestfale on 12/29/2010 11:16:20 AM , Rating: 1
Nothing to see here folks, it's just another day in america.
Also, darWin, not darVin.

RE: Almost made it to the Darvin Awards...
By sviola on 12/29/2010 11:44:59 AM , Rating: 2
Well, that was a typo...if you notice, I did spell it correctly in the message body. :P

By GulWestfale on 12/29/2010 10:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that was a typo...if you notice, I did spell it correctly in the message body. :P

mea culpa, i noticed that too late.

By Mitch101 on 12/29/2010 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 3
On a side note in the firetruck picture my Daughter was 3-4ish and saw that logo on a car parked next to us. She got excited and was yelling she found a clue from blues clues. Was one of the cutest things she did I will always remember. Now every time I see it reminds me of that day.

By Yames on 12/29/2010 12:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
People never cease to amaze me. He gets me vote for an Honorary Darwin.

This man successfully played another game
By carniver on 12/29/2010 1:12:36 PM , Rating: 4

By Belard on 12/30/2010 8:23:06 AM , Rating: 4
Now thats a name I have not heard in a very long time...

Damn that was a FUN game, especially multiplayer. blood everywhere.

Actually, Carmageddon2 even works under Windows7.

Game Over
By SmartWarthog on 12/29/2010 10:55:49 AM , Rating: 2
Game Over

RE: Game Over
By ApfDaMan on 12/29/2010 11:14:18 AM , Rating: 5
He still has a couple of lives left.

Prehumous Darwin award?
By wildcatherder on 12/29/2010 1:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
Although a Darwin award is normally awarded posthumously (it's to die for!), I think this guy deserves one prehumously. I doubt he was "intrigued" by the idea of dodging traffic; "intrigue" implies thought.

RE: Prehumous Darwin award?
By Helbore on 12/29/2010 1:15:56 PM , Rating: 3
Based on his obvious level of intellect, he probably won't have to wait long before being awarded one anyway.

Patience is a virtue, even for the stupid.

RE: Prehumous Darwin award?
By marvdmartian on 12/29/2010 1:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
Famous last words of many a redneck:

"Hey, y'all....look what I can do!!"

Rule violation!
By MrBlastman on 12/29/2010 10:47:12 AM , Rating: 4
Frogger's rules state very clearly in section 3, subparagraph 2 clause z that,

"In the event the player is struck by a moving vehicle, particularly the four wheeled kind, they must not proceed to the hospital and instead must be placed on the adjacent sidewalk that they originally started their game from in the prior moments."

They took him to the hospital. That means his game is forfeit! I want his quarter as reparations for all the years I played the game fairly.

RE: Rule violation!
By Luticus on 12/29/2010 11:37:04 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously... set that dude up on crutches and make him use his next turn. The world doesn't have room for quitters :P haha!

Just like the game
By guacamojo on 12/29/2010 10:48:46 AM , Rating: 5
It may be insensitive of me, but...

Hadn't he ever played the game? It's been a while, but I seem to recall that every game of Frogger ended that way.


By sviola on 12/29/2010 10:47:37 AM , Rating: 3
Well, when you think people can't get any dumber, there it goes...Either way, he should get an honorary darwin award...

Clearly an example...
By DNAgent on 12/29/2010 3:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
...of the detrimental effects of violent video games. Where's Jack Thompson when we need him?

By tim851 on 12/30/2010 8:59:09 AM , Rating: 2
Is there a valid reason the manufacturer of the car is mentioned by name and the model is even linked?

No Darwin for you
By Azethoth on 12/30/2010 9:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
A Darwin Award requires death or permanent inability to have offspring. Maybe add him to a watch list? He is bound to qualify sooner rather than later...

By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/4/2011 1:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
... Crap!! Nanny-state supporters better get their march on to ban Frogger (and any episodes of Seinfeld that portray any frogger like activities). Perhaps Tipper still has some fight left in her to get Frogger rated MA!!

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