MLB The Show Easter Egg: Umpire Shows Yasiel Puig How To Pimp A Homer

Here's a hidden gem from this year's edition of MLB The Showspotted by our old buddy Owen Good—that players can unlock by holding onto the ball on the mound and leaving the game unpaused for more than 30 seconds. » 7/02/14 10:26am 7/02/14 10:26am

The digital version of MLB 14 The Show is experiencing a game delay. Several tipsters alerted us to the digital delay earlier today, upset that the game, slated for release at 12:01 am this morning, was still a no show. An update to the release announcement post on the PlayStation Blog cites "unforeseen technical… » 5/06/14 1:20pm 5/06/14 1:20pm

MLB The Show Launches April 1 on PS3, Arrives in May for PS4

MLB 14 The Show will release April 1 on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita and will arrive in May on PS4, Sony said today, ending an anxious stretch for baseball fans wondering if they would be playing a new version of the game on Opening Day. » 2/13/14 10:03am 2/13/14 10:03am

First News on MLB 14 The Show Comes From Taiwan, Not Sony

Assuming MLB 14 The Show releases on the first Tuesday of March, as the series has since 2008, then we're five weeks from its anticipated launch and we have to go to freaking Taiwan for our first look at gameplay video. The game hasn't even gotten an official release date. Sony, you owe baseball fans some news. Now. » 1/27/14 4:37pm 1/27/14 4:37pm

Once Again, Baseball Sends Up a Pinch-Hitter on the Xbox

For the second straight year we've gotten a January surprise with regards to baseball video games. And for the second straight year, it only nominally keeps Xbox as a relevant platform for Major League Baseball fans. » 1/19/14 5:41pm 1/19/14 5:41pm

A-Rod May Not Be in MLB's Next Video Game, but Virtual PEDs Will

Alex Rodriguez was suspended yesterday for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season. I've emailed the makers of MLB the Show to ask what this means as far as the roster of the next game, which releases in March. One thing that probably won't change, however, is The Show's own form of performance enhancing drugs. » 1/12/14 11:11am 1/12/14 11:11am

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

The PS4's Baseball Game Just Saved Thousands of Promising Careers

There's a ritual dedicated sports gamers go through with each new season. The excitement of peeling the shrinkwrap off the latest edition of NHL or NBA 2K quickly gives way to the realization that, once again, we're going to throw away our promising careers. » 11/05/13 5:00pm 11/05/13 5:00pm

In a Sports Video Game, There Are No Second Acts

Trailing four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, it was apparent the Yankees were already thinking about room service. Koji Uehara, the Boston relief pitcher, barely needed the free-swinging help to extend his personal equivalent of a perfect game from 11 innings to 12 on just nine pitches. » 9/22/13 5:00pm 9/22/13 5:00pm

A-Rod's Already Serving a Suspension—in a Video Game

You may be following the saga of Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended today by Major League Baseball for more than 200 games but kinda not really, because Rodriguez may continue to play as he appeals the penalty. He's expected to join the Yankees tonight in Chicago. Know where A-Rod isn't playing, though? MLB 13 The Show. » 8/05/13 5:00pm 8/05/13 5:00pm

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

Can You Play a Game Without the National Anthem? I Do It All The Time.

Hat in right hand, right hand over heart, I raised my beer cup with my left and took a sip. Dad chided me for that, so I put it down. The singer was behind the beat on The Star-Spangled Banner. My thumb tapped against my cap's bill. A distinctly video-game thought came to me: Can't we just button through this? » 6/30/13 7:36pm 6/30/13 7:36pm

Baseball's Video Game Diehards Savor a Slow Dance on the Basepaths

Paul Goldschmidt fishes for the 1-1 slider way outside of the strike zone. He kicks dirt over the batter's box chalk, walks in a counterclockwise semicircle, fidgets with the brim of his helmet, and digs back in. Jon Garland rolls his shoulders and sweeps his foot twice over the pitching rubber. Now I may press X. » 5/26/13 4:30pm 5/26/13 4:30pm

Still Traveling the Road to the Show, Even After Flunking Out of It

Ten years ago I was demoted in my job at the now-dead Rocky Mountain News. The subject is not something I talk about much, but it happened, and I worked with plenty of people who knew the score. The situation wasn't handled well, by either me or my bosses. Ultimately, it ended my newspaper career. » 4/21/13 5:07pm 4/21/13 5:07pm

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

Okay, Seamheads, Your Ultra-Real MLB The Show Rosters Have Arrived

Not that MLB 13 The Show has no roster support, it's just limited in what it can do in the minor leagues. That's where Operation Sports' roster editors come in—every single year. » 4/15/13 3:00pm 4/15/13 3:00pm

MLB 13 The Show: The Kotaku Review

The oldest memory I have is of catching a baseball. Coming from a sports fan, this may sound like treacly, lump-in-your-throat stuff, but it's true. I was three years old. My father was mowing one side of our front lawn, I was standing in the other, and I underhanded a pop fly into the air. It hung up there forever… » 3/06/13 8:00pm 3/06/13 8:00pm

The "Screaming Brave" Gets Back In The Show Despite MLB Removing It In…

For the second time in as many seasons the Atlanta Braves have tried to use the "Screaming Brave" patch on an official uniform piece and pulled it back under public outcry, leaving MLB The Show holding the bag. » 2/27/13 4:00pm 2/27/13 4:00pm

New Caps, Old Parks Welcome You Back to The Show

Do sports video games deserve a spoiler alert? If I don't put one here, I'm sure someone will complain about it. Over the weekend I heard various reports of MLB 13 The Show being sold before it's supposed to hit shelves next week. Someone got their hands on a copy and have been feeding Operation Sports all kinds of… » 2/26/13 11:00am 2/26/13 11:00am