Ah, Pogs. This simple game played using cardboard juice container caps was a nationwide phenomenon in the early 1990s, becoming the bane of schoolteachers and parents whose kids were addicted to endlessly slamming tables and collecting the pogs that flipped over as prizes. As the game grew in popularity, so did the variety of pogs created, many with well-known characters emblazoned on them in full color.
How we’d update it: Two words: augmented reality. Imagine pointing your smartphone or tablet camera at the playing surface and having 3D characters spring to life on the pogs that get flipped over after you slam them. It’d give you yet another reason to collect more — and more rare — pogs just to see what they could do.
Use your imagination
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