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

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 Houston… » 2/23/13 3:00pm 2/23/13 3:00pm

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…

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

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…

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.

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