How Atari’s “Frogger” Saved my Life

All those childhood hours spent in Denise West’s basement playing on her Atari turned out to be intense training for my life here in India. You see, I don’t have a car so I walk a lot. When you walk in Mumbai there are several things you must dodge and avoid if you wish to survive another day:

-Random livestock/water fowl/regular fowl/humans

-Crap (human and animal)

-Rickshaws barreling toward you with complete disregard for your personal safety.

-Taxi cabs barreling toward you with complete disregard for your personal safety.

-Goods Carrier trucks teetering high with people and goods racing down a narrow lane with total disregard for your personal safety.

-Bicycles piled high with goods ranging from strawberries to carton upon carton of egg.

-Various carts carrying everything from flowers to vegetable to coffins.

-Construction sites.

-Piles of trash.

-Piles of bricks.

-Piles of random wires.

In order to cross the street without injury in this city you must employ all of your Frogger-like reflexes. The strategy I find most useful is to dodge, wait, sprint, dodge, wait, sprint, dodge, wait, sprint…eventually I make it across the street unscathed. Haven’t been hit yet!

If you plan to visit, I suggest you brush up on your Frogger.

It will seriously save your life.

 

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