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Friday, May 29, 2009

GPS Graffiti: San Francisco Man Creates Videogame Homages -- That You Can Bike

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge It's an 8.7-mile bike jaunt around the Mission -- and you get bonus points if you shoot the UFO at the top of the screen - VICENTE MONTELONGO
  • Vicente Montelongo
  • It's an 8.7-mile bike jaunt around the Mission -- and you get bonus points if you shoot the UFO at the top of the screen
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):

click to enlarge When in the Outer Sunset, don't fail to bike 'Pac Man and Blinky' - VICENTE MONTELONGO
  • Vicente Montelongo
  • When in the Outer Sunset, don't fail to bike 'Pac Man and Blinky'

And here's a couple more jaunts around the city:
click to enlarge When in the Outer Sunset, don't fail to bike 'Pac Man and Blinky' - VICENTE MONTELONGO
  • Vicente Montelongo
  • When in the Outer Sunset, don't fail to bike 'Pac Man and Blinky'
click to enlarge VICENTE MONTELONGO
  • Vicente Montelongo
"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.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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