London-based Compton Technology and the World POG Federation are banking on the hope that you’ve run out of things to be nostalgic about by launching an Indiegogo campaign for turning POGs into an augmented reality mobile game.
If you’re a young whippersnapper who wasn’t around for this early-to-mid-’90s craze, POGs were basically colorfully decorated cardboard discs. The object of the game was to stack your and your friends’ POGs and then slam a hard metal disc (creatively called a “slammer”) onto the stack. You kept whichever POGs you flipped over, leading to a lot of broken friendships and at least a few budding gambling addictions.
Compton Technology is hoping to bring back the utter despair of betting and losing your favorite POG (without the ensuing physical boy fights) by crowdsourcing its mobile-based POG game, aptly titled POGs: The Mobile Game.
POGs: The Mobile Game will let you scan your slammer into the game with your phone’s camera and then use it to slam the stacks of players across the world. The game will feature “hundreds of original illustrations from the ’90s” for the virtual POGs included in the game, as well as a progression system that ties into all the POGs you collect. Most importantly, you will also be able to trade POGs with players from around the world, so if you get duplicate POGs, you no longer have to rely on your big brother not being a jerk about giving you one of his POGs.
Early adopters who donate to the Indiegogo campaign will experience some major benefits if the game is released, including a “Gold Founder Slammer” that is “the most powerful slammer in the game” (seems unfair) and the ability to scan your personal collection of POGs into the game. So, for the lucky few whose parents didn’t force them to sell their POGs at a garage sale or lose them in a move, you can finally put those worthless pieces of cardboard to good use.
You can check out the Indiegogo trailer below: