Who Knew? Lake Shore Drive Inspired a Video Game

Who knew?

Lake Shore Drive was the inspiration for the 1980’s Activision game “Freeway.”  Well, the original name was “Bloody Human Freeway” but most of us remember it being marketed with a chicken, not a person, crossing the lanes of traffic.
From Atari Age:

Even though Freeway looks a bit like Frogger at first glance, the two games are actually very different. According to David Crane, he got the idea for Freeway from watching a man trying to cross Lake Shore Drive during rush-hour traffic while attending Chicago’s Consumer Electronic Show.

More at Atari Age including a ROM you can download and play the game on your computer.

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