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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 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?




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