Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Innovation: Topps Brings Creepy Soulless 3-D Graphics To Baseball Cards

This is about some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen. Topps Baseball Cards is putting out a new line of "3-D" baseball cards for 2009. These cards, when held up to a webcam, will project a computer generated character on the monitor, on top of the card that you're holding, and even allow you to play with the player on the screen.

This is what collecting cards has become...a video game and a dated one at that. Wouldn't it be cooler if it were some full motion video of the player or something besides this 3-D image that looks like it was ripped from the MLB 2k4 on the PS2? The card collecting industry is struggling so much that the only way they can conceive of trying to attain some portion of the valuable fleeting attention spans of 7-15 year old kids that is being concentrated mostly in video games is to turn the cards themselves into them.

Check the video out of it in action below, it is neat looking, but what on earth does this add besides simple novelty of seeing that player pop up on the screen and having him hop around? You cant play a baseball game with one player and who wants to sit in front of a computer when looking at your cards? Didn't you just lay on the floor and spread them all out or stick em in binders when you were a kid?

Via NY Times

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