Long before Facebooks, the Internet, or even video games, life has tended to imitate popular art. Oscar Wilde even said in 1889 “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. But when life imitates video games, people end up nearly dead.
Earlier this week, a 23 year-old man in South Carolina was struck and nearly killed by an SUV while he was attempting to play a real life version of “Frogger”. Frogger was introduced in 1981, but many versions exist on the Internet – the Android market even has an app to play it on your phone. In the game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a river filled with hazards. In the real life version, it’s not so much fun, as the man in South Carolina found out. After yelling “go!” he darted into traffic and was struck by 2010 Lexus SUV. He’s still in the hospital, but alive, much to the disappointment of fans of the Darwin Awards.
Video games are just that – games. I’m not sure how stupid someone has to be to think of darting into a multi-lane road of fast, oncoming car. However, it does take a special kind of person to turn any kind of video game into reality, whether it involves cars, guns, or whatever combination of the two was going on in Grand Theft Auto. It also does not make you good at those skills (anyone who has ever taken a lesson from Mario Kart to the real track knows this.) The disclaimers apparently need to be larger to not try these games at home, because in real life, they clearly are not as much fun.
Have you ever turned a video game into a real-life game? Or do you think video games are meant to be just that – a game?