Remembering a Miracle in the Early Days of Sports Video Games

The score was 4 to 3, two outs in the ninth, when I woke up on the couch. No one was on base. "I don't need to see this," I said. "Nah, stick around," Dad said. I had two games that day, the World Series on TV, and Hardball! on my Commodore 64. If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't win one, I'd make them win the other. » 10/15/13 8:00pm 10/15/13 8:00pm

Baseball Video Games Don't Decide Who's Left, Only Who's Right

Yesterday a reader sent me a screenshot in MLB 13 The Show of Nick Markakis, the Baltimore outfielder, taking his position at shortstop after pinch-hitting for J.J. Hardy. To a casual fan, it sort of sits there, waiting for you to guess what's wrong. Here's a hint: In real life, Markakis throws lefthanded. » 7/24/13 4:00pm 7/24/13 4:00pm

Major League Baseball 2K13: The Kotaku Review

Major League Baseball 2K13 is an offensively recycled product and an embarrassment to sports video games. In my five years as Kotaku's sports writer, I've spent a good deal of time in comments defending the genre, and those who make its games, from the worn-out slur that annual sports titles are nothing but reskinned… » 3/09/13 12:00pm 3/09/13 12:00pm

Having Made This Bed, Will MLB 2K Lie In It Next Year?

Mark Little flicks the joystick and opens a special developer's menu in Major League Baseball 2K12. The screen jumps to an empty ballpark, with a few lines representing the trajectory of a pitch and the timing of the batter trying to hit it. Little starts fooling with some ratings, creating a situation involving a… » 2/11/12 5:30pm 2/11/12 5:30pm

MLB 2K12 Reaches Down Deep for What Might Be Its Final Pitch

Major League Baseball 2K12 is widely expected to be in its walk year, the final season of a fat contract going back to 2005. Unlike a superstar in the big leagues, this is not a cause for optimism that fans will see an above-average performance. Not when the performer is the one paying the contract, and not when it… » 1/20/12 10:00pm 1/20/12 10:00pm