Man Playing Frogger Hit By SUV: When Virtual Reality Becomes Risky

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A NC man playing a real-life game of Frogger was hit by an SUV and hospitalized as a result. This incident is an alarming reminder of how virtual reality can be risky when gamers try to reproduce the results in real life.



Background of the Accident Involving the NC Man

On Monday, Clemson police were dispatched to investigate a 911 call regarding an accident on Highway-123 in Anderson, North Carolina.  Upon arrival, police discovered a 23-year-old man had been struck by the driver of a sport utility vehicle.  Witnesses report that the man darted across the busy roadway after yelling, “go”.

Police report the man was playing a real-life game of Frogger when he was hit by the SUV. Unfortunately, he did not successfully make it across, and sustained severe head injuries after misjudging the oncoming traffic.

What Kind of Arcade/Video Game is it?

This is a popular video game produced by Konami, the makers of popular arcade/video games like Dance Dance Revolution, Karaoke Revolution, and Metal Gear Solid, to name a few.  The game made its debut in 1981 and is still popular today, but for the wrong reasons, as evidenced by the man playing Frogger who was hit by an SUV in North Carolina.

It involves navigating five frogs across a highway of oncoming traffic to their lily pad homes.  Along the way, they can be crushed by cars (as the man playing Frogger almost was) or be eaten by a crocodile, among other things.  It involves split-second timing and a bit of patience to get safely across the road.

The trouble is that many gamers, especially teens, are confusing virtual reality with real-life action.  Apparently, the man playing a real-life game of Frogger was hit by an SUV based on his belief that he could safely cheat death.

Thankfully, he is still alive, and will think twice about trying to take a leap of faith against a sea of metal.  The metal wins every time.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: A gamer plays Frogger on a mobile device in the Konami exhibit at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Entertainment Software Association expects 45,000 people to attend the E3 expo featuring more than 250 gaming industry publishers and developers such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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