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Mauer goes through the (video game) motions

Feb 2, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

Joe Mauer isn’t spending all of his time these days hammering out the details of a potentially historic new contract with the Minnesota Twins. Nope, this guy can multi-task, which is only one reason he’s so valuable.

In addition to shopping for a new, umm, everything, Mauer also took time on Tuesday to don one of those funny-looking skintight suits with the sensors all over it so his motions could be captured for the upcoming video game MLB 10 The Show.

Mauer, the cover boy for the game, which hits shelves on March 2, told the AP that wearing the suit was “uncomfortable at first, but as I started doing it more and more, it started feeling more comfortable.”

The suit he wore contained sensors at all of his flex points so cameras, shooting at 120 frames per second, could capture his motions. I’m assuming the motions captured were things like his swing, his crouch behind the plate, and perhaps his throwing motion. But if they’re smart, they also captured what Mauer looks like when signing a huge contract, counting his money, and lifting MVP awards.

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  1. N - Feb 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Wait, the game comes out in a month, and he’s doing motion capture today? That seems quite unlikely.

  2. YX - Feb 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    They can also capture him dancing behind second base bag.

  3. YX - Feb 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Graphics are usually the last part of the game and it is very interchangeable(they could substitute graphic for a player with little or no impact on testing and scheduling). Also they probably just feed the sensor data into the rendering engine they’ve been using for all the similar games.
    So technically it is possible.
    That doesn’t make it a good idea to cut it so close though.

  4. Ryan - Feb 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Why? It’s not like last years model had 3 heads and 8 arms; The physics in the world are already done and every model behaves the same way. Example: if you play RTTS in 08/09, get bases loaded with a 3-2-2 count and the batter fouls off the ball, both runners do the exact same thing at the exact same time: run, slow to a stop, hand to helmet, turn around, run back. The only variable to Joe Mauer is his unique stances/squats/movements. They just needed to place Mauer’s unique traits and proportions onto the model, slap a price tag on it and call it a day.

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