Yesterday we wrote about the nostalgia-inducing Market and Brady
mural featuring 1980s videogame stalwarts Q-Bert and Donkey Kong Jr. Today we've learned of videogame "graffiti" on a larger scale -- 8.7 miles larger.
With the aid of a GPS -- and nary a can of spray paint -- San Francisco graphic designer Vicente Montelongo
has created a series of bike trails in the city shaped like videogame heroes of yore. What's his rationale? He tells SF Weekly
, "I'm just doing it for the love of 8bit
, San Francisco, biking, and the need to create."
Suits us! Montelongo has been posting maps of his GPS videogame trips on the Web site EveryTrail.com
. View them there and, here, click on the jump for a handful of images (it won't even cost you a quarter).
Here's the pen-on-paper map for Montelongo's 8.7-mile Space Invader bike trip (complete with driving directions):
And here's a couple more jaunts around the city:
"Berzerk" -- that's one of the game's robot bad guys above -- never was as successful a game as Space Invaders or, of course, Pac Man (which obsessed a generation). Still, it has a place in many folks' hearts -- and you can play it here