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Posted 2006-03-16 by Tony Walsh
RealFrogger Invades Texas
Poor RealFrogger. I hardly knew ye. Photo credit: Mark Wallace
I was fortunate enough to bear witness to the historical launch of RealFrogger in downtown Austin, Texas, during the early hours of March 15, 2006. The classic arcade game Frogger was re-enacted with a frog-costumed Roomba in live traffic, thanks to the techno-creative powers of Phillip Torrone and Limor Fried. Our beloved green hero dodged cars, trucks, trikes, and bikes, until finally meeting its inevitable, crushing demise.

Possibly the most interesting aspect of this event was that the RealFrogger robot was instantly recognizable to average drunken Austinites, who stood dumbfounded on the curb, pointing to the green Roomba and bellowing "It's frogger! Frogger!"

Detailed coverage of this memorable event can be found on the Second Life Herald, and via Daniel Terdiman at
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Comment posted by liam
March 16, 2006 @ 1:21 pm
Welcome home, Tony. That frogger thing is great! But I especially like the photo on SLH of everyone taking photos with their cell phones - it looks like you're all worshipping the roomba-frogger before sending it out to meet its fate (and is that your shiny dome I see in the pic too?)
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 16, 2006 @ 1:48 pm
Yeah that's me in the pic after a day of baking in the Austin sun. I also thought that photo looked strangely religious. All must bow before RealFrogger!
Comment posted by Urizenus
March 17, 2006 @ 10:56 am
There's something about Roomba Frogger that is majorly memetic. Technorati is bumping up against 100 blogs that have picked up the story. I suspect they are selling a lot of Roombas in these days. I'm glad I got autographs from everyone present at that momentous event. 50 years from now we will look back on that night and say... "WTF?"
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 17, 2006 @ 11:55 am
Hell, I'm already saying "WTF?"

Looking forward to RealKart, as featured at the foot of J. Paffy's post here. I propose the Karts be made from shopping carts, each armed with a box full of bananas, and pushed by a teammate, Double-Dash style.
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