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?
NBA is making an attempt at 1up’ing the NFL this season by showing its 2009 All Star pre-gameday Events in 3-d at 80 theaters across the nation. A full list of them is up on the LA Times sports blog. (Side note: I love how the theater for Washington DC is actually in the middle of Virginia over an hour’s drive away.)
This means that we can all watch the tortuously slow slam dunk contest in a whole new way. Nothing better than watching players attempt a dunk 13 times with all their missed dunks flying right at you. I also can’t imagine how much more excitement I can handle with the skills challenge players dodging cones right out of the screen. I think Stern should possibly rethink this.
The 3 point contest might be good in 3-d i guess, when the guys actually make their dunks that might be neat too, but i cannot imagine paying the $18-22 ticket price to sit in a movie theatre and paying movie theatre food prices with the possibility of no alcohol all to watch a bunch of meaningless events and no game. At least the NFL’s invite only broadcast was for a legitimate game. This is a bunch of skills contests. Why couldn’t they just show the All Star game in 3-d? The cameras will already be there wont they? Doesn’t make much sense to me.
Leave it up to the NBA to botch something as cool as 3-d.