Monday, November 16, 2009

Old School Video Game Hits Streets

IRVINE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One computer scientist is working hard to bring arcade games to life in a very literal way.

Garnet Hertz and his team of seven interns at the University of California, Irvine, are tinkering away to turn a classic cabinet arcade game of OutRun, in which the driver speeds through city streets, into a real life, functioning driving machine.

Once complete, a driver will cruise the streets in the arcade seat and be able to see their actual location on the screen thanks to a GPS system. Their route will show up in cheesy ’80s graphics.

Hertz calls the experiment a “video game gone wrong, or maybe right,” and admits that it’s taking a lot of time and effort.

He fears that the real life arcade game would be “quite dangerous” on the road because the driver would have no windshield.

However, the fun to be had just might be totally worth it.

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