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Crossing of the Day #1707

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Crossing of the Day #1707

Guiding this hapless frog across road and river is a tradition three decades old, and Lauren took a moment and a token today to play her part. It’s a perilous path to bring the pixelated hero to safety: two frogs here are resting peacefully in their mossy nooks, and the rest perished to traffic or slight missteps in the rapids.

These old games were crafted with so little history supporting them, when the medium was only just forming. The creativity in their designs, the clever ways that ghosts chase you and centipedes meander, are a marvel when you consider them on their own terms.

Video games have always been limited by the technology of the time, perhaps more than any other creative medium, and the ingenuity required to work around those limitations and still make something compelling gives old games a lot of charm.

Anna, Lauren and I spent much of the day wandering around Santa Cruz, admiring old houses and staring off into the edge of the Pacific, but those photos are hidden away on Anna’s camera, and the rest of the house is snoozing away right now. Tomorrow I hope to bring back some proof of adventure.

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Written by Umbrella Man

May 26, 2013 at 3:14 am

Posted in friends, games, people

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  1. Wow! Frogger! New video games are actually like starring in your own movie with someone else’s template with your friends.

    Martha Reilly

    May 26, 2013 at 8:13 am


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