Last year at this time we got surprise news that MLB 2K was returning for one more year. Don't count on it this year. The series' Facebook page and official forums were wiped from existence, and all PC versions are gone from Steam, notes Pasta Padre. A statement from 2K Sports confirms the series' widely anticipated… » 1/06/14 4:15pm 1/06/14 4:15pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… » 12/29/13 6:41pm 12/29/13 6:41pm

Oh, By the Way, Don't Count on a Curtain Call for Video Games' MVP

Getting an Internet signal inside LA's Orpheum Theater is always a crapshoot. For years, it's been both a daydream and a nightmare that I'd be liveblogging Electronic Arts' E3 keynote as Andrew Wilson or Peter Moore finished EA Sports' segment and then, pretending to forget something, turned and said, "Oh, by the… » 6/02/13 6:00pm 6/02/13 6:00pm

Whistleblower on MLB 2K Cheating Scandal at Last Finds Perfect Justice

Yesterday I mentioned that some familiar faces cashed $25,000 checks in MLB 2K13's Million Dollar Challenge, including a guy accused of cheating in last year's contest. But I missed another important name: The man who blew the whistle on the scandal. » 5/08/13 1:02pm 5/08/13 1:02pm

Familiar Names Get Paid in MLB 2K13's Perfect Game Contest

A contestant accused of cheating in last year's scandal-plagued MLB 2K Million Dollar Challenge pocketed $25,000 in this year's contest, staged under a new format—and with the exploits patched out. » 5/07/13 3:30pm 5/07/13 3:30pm

MLB 2K13's Million Dollar Challenge Fixes Exploit That Tarnished Last…

MLB 2K13 has been blasted for being little more than a re-skinned edition of last year's game, but 2K Sports did correct one of its most glaring exploits, at least—the means of altering an opponent's lineup during a Million Dollar Challenge game to better your chances of throwing a perfect game and winning a huge cash… » 4/01/13 12:30pm 4/01/13 12:30pm

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

Less Than Two Weeks Before Release, MLB 2K13 Gets a Trailer

Last month I cast doubt on the idea that MLB 2K13 would be noticeably different from MLB 2K12. This trailer from 2K Sports, released Thursday, shows me that I am wrong. MLB 2K13 will have the Houston Astros realigned to the American League, and they'll be wearing their new uniforms. So if you are a fan of the… » 2/23/13 3:00pm 2/23/13 3:00pm

2K Sports Duct-Tapes MLB 2K13 to NBA 2K13 and Sells It For $80

Last year, 2K Sports did a shrewd thing, bootstrapping its flagging MLB 2K series to its best-in-class NBA 2K in a combo package announced a month before the baseball game was due for release. The publisher is doing the same thing again this year, but listing the bundle for $10 more. » 2/19/13 11:00am 2/19/13 11:00am

MLB 2K13 Actually Has Some Marketing, Sort Of

In January, 2K Sports shocked sports video gaming » 2/02/13 5:00pm 2/02/13 5:00pm with the announcement that it would, in fact, make this year. The label's prior license with MLB expired at the end of 2012, and no one expected it to be renewed. Of course, it's not like any other publisher was building an MLB-licensed video game in the…

What Can We Expect from MLB 2K13? Not Much, Probably.

2K Sports isn't saying anything more today about the surprise resurrection of its MLB 2K series » 1/09/13 1:30pm 1/09/13 1:30pm. When asked for an interview, a representative told me today's news release is all we're getting for now. So it's time to speculate on what this game may deliver, and my gut feeling is if we see anything more than a…

There Will Be Baseball on the Xbox 360; Major League Baseball 2K13

2K Sports surprised everyone with its announcement this morning that MLB 2K13 » 1/09/13 8:08am 1/09/13 8:08am will release this year on Xbox 360. Pitcher David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays is the cover star. The game will be on shelves March 5.

Look, Just Forget About a Baseball Game on the Xbox 360 Next Year

The long, slow goodbye to Major League Baseball 2K has been widely expected for more than a year. Gamers therefore assumed that EA Sports—frankly the only publisher with shoulders broad enough to take on this kind of a job right now—would jump back in with MVP Baseball (pictured). You can forget about that happening… » 6/06/12 3:00pm 6/06/12 3:00pm

MLB 2K12 is Finally Getting Patched

Nearly three months after its release, Major League Baseball 2K12 got its first and possibly only title update yesterday, a development that leaves a few more tea leaves pointing to the end of the title. » 6/03/12 5:00pm 6/03/12 5:00pm

A Terrible Decision Created MLB 2K—But It Also Brought Us BioShock

The mythology built up around Major League Baseball 2K » 5/23/12 6:01pm 5/23/12 6:01pm is that the game could not do anything right. Eight-figure losses and terrible review scores every year are, yes, terminal deficiencies. But its pitching and hitting mechanisms forced the dominant to respond with weak revisions to its controls, and MLB Today—when…

Major League Baseball 2K's Cancellation Looms on Grim News from Game's…

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Sports, notably left Major League Baseball 2K out of its planned releases in its coming fiscal year in a call with investors today. Kotaku asked Take-Two Interactive if it could confirm the end of the series, and it released this statement: » 5/22/12 5:44pm 5/22/12 5:44pm

Can We Interrupt This Video Game for a Studio Update?

One of the few broadcast features in Madden NFL 12 » 5/13/12 7:30pm 5/13/12 7:30pm that I didn't punch away with a quick button press was the official league bumper video at the end. You know, when the smooth narrator puffs up and says "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL," and lays down the law of the league's expressed written consent.

As It Awards a Million-Dollar Prize, 2K Sports Stays Silent About…

Last week, Kotaku » 5/10/12 6:30pm 5/10/12 6:30pm that at least one of the eight finalists in the million-dollar Perfect Game Challenge had used an exploit to substitute weaker batters into the opposing team's lineup and have an easier time tossing a perfect game during the contest's qualifying round.

Eight Men In: Cheating Tarnishes Everyone in 2K Sports' Million-Dollar…

When Phil Humber threw the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history two weeks ago, he didn't get to choose the batters he faced. When Dallas Braden threw a perfect game on an emotional Mother's Day in 2010, against the winningest team never to put a runner on base, he didn't stock the heart of its order with… » 5/06/12 4:00pm 5/06/12 4:00pm