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

Dodger Fans Can Hit Carlos Quentin as Many Times as They Like Tonight

The Dodgers and Dodger fans want Carlos Quentin's ass on a platter but they will not get it. Not until June. But thanks to the magic of video games, and MLB 13 The Show's "The Show Live", you can hit him in every single plate appearance he should have made at Dodger Stadium tonight. » 4/15/13 4:30pm 4/15/13 4:30pm

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

The Baseball Video Gamer: A Hack Living in Mom's Basement

When I was about 15, about the time you should begin to read serious books and challenge the accepted wisdom of your forebears, I got a copy of Total Baseball » 11/18/12 6:30pm 11/18/12 6:30pm, an enormous, flaccid, yellow paperback about the size of the Manhattan phone book. I studied it at the foot of my bed next to the hardbound which looked more…

You Got Your Trading Cards in My Arcade Game!

Earlier this month, we took an in-depth look at Square Enix's trading card-based, RTS arcade game » 6/29/12 6:00am 6/29/12 6:00am, . While arguably the most popular game of this type, it is far from the only one—or the first one, for that matter. Collectible trading card arcade games have covered everything from real world sports to since 2005 and…

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 has … » 1/20/12 10:00pm 1/20/12 10:00pm

2K Sports Opens Doors on MLB 2K12 Million-Dollar Challenge

2K Sports is offering a cool million to the winner of a public, 8-person Major League Baseball 2K12 tournament… this April. From the MLB's Opening Day on April 4th (definitely learned something just now) to the end of that cheerfully prank-filled month, athletes (read: gamers) will be clawing their way to the top of… » 1/12/12 4:30pm 1/12/12 4:30pm

Batter Up! Check Out the First Screens for MLB 12 The Show

There was a time when console manufacturers made a point of having first-party sports sims on their machines but that era's long since passed. Sony's The Show franchise carries on that legacy and, after a few pitches in the dirt at first, the PS3 exclusive baseball franchise is enjoying a run of acclaim for the last… » 12/02/11 4:40pm 12/02/11 4:40pm

The PlayStation 3 Says Barry Bonds Wouldn't Come Close to This Year's…

Detroit's ace pitcher Justin Verlander registered a once-in-a-generation performance this year. Still, even that magnificence may not be enough to overcome some baseball writers' biases against awarding the Most Valuable Player award to a pitcher. But a video game—Sony's acclaimed MLB 11 The Show simulation—suggests… » 10/12/11 9:00pm 10/12/11 9:00pm