Five classic arcade games that deserve the OhHeckYeah treatment

Frogger: even more fun when played in the actual street.
Before gamers had the option to kill each other anonymously via the Internet, they had to gather in real-world arcades to do it. In that arena, friendships were made, rivalries were born and a good time was had by all. Those days are long gone, but this summer OhHeckYeah is turning Champa Street into a giant arcade to return a sense of camaraderie and fun to video games. Three blocks of Champa, from 14th Street to the 16th Street Mall, will play host to three custom-designed games this summer, turning the city's cultural center into a giant, immersive gaming experience. The simple, engaging multiplayer games are designed to be easy to play, and all of them make players use their bodies to control the action, which should lead to some good times for players and onlookers alike. On the eve of this ambitious street arcade's launch, we got to wondering what classic arcade games might work well in the body-controlled, street-filling format of OhHeckYeah's creations. Here are five that would make the jump beautifully.

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5) Frogger
Why did the frog cross the road? Who knows, but it probably had something to do with chicken. More important, it actually made for a fun gaming experience, and one that could only be improved by people standing on the sidewalk hopping to avoid virtual cars as they head toward the promised land of lily pads. Bonus points if the game somehow incorporated real-world traffic, as long as you didn't have to actually play in it.

4) Joust
The original flappy bird video game, Joust put players on the back of giant, flying emus (yeah, it was weird) and tasked you with knocking off other emu-borne opponents. To do this, you pounded the buttons frantically to keep your bird flapping. Replace that button pounding with arm flapping and, well, that's video-game gold right there.

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Denver Theatre District

14th and Champa streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

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Leigh DeBor
Leigh DeBor

anything mario. Mario cart for sure- played on a projector is super fun. donkey kong would be fun too.

Jayson Degroot
Jayson Degroot

Super Mario Brothers ||| , Asteroids, Missile Command.

Robb Pierce
Robb Pierce

I commute to work via bicycle, it's kinda like frogger....

Jesse Mann
Jesse Mann

super mario, Zelda or titanfall. grand theft auto would be fun to but you can actually do that so

Miguel Munoz
Miguel Munoz

Frogger , contra, and mike tyson punch out , black tiger

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Playing the classic Rampage with a Denver-based skyline would be incredible! So stoked for OhHeckYeah: Denver's Immersive Street Arcade!

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