Nine Years Later, Latin America's Leagues Keep MVP Baseball Alive

We are nearing the 10-year anniversary of the licensing deal that killed MVP Baseball, yet still the game lives on—on PC, even—thanks to "MVP Caribe," a celebration of Latin American baseball that just published its seventh "total conversion" mod. » 12/22/13 4:56pm 12/22/13 4:56pm

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

Modders Keep MVP Baseball 2005 Alive With the World Baseball Classic

There is no game-action simulation of baseball on the PC this year, whatsoever. Management sims like Out of the Park Baseball or Sega's MLB Manager are your only current options in a role that MLB 2K had filled—but the rush job it put in on MLB 2K13 left out that platform. At any rate, no one has included a mode for… » 3/10/13 9:00pm 3/10/13 9:00pm

EA Sports May Add "A Couple of New Sports Franchises," But Don't Get…

A top Electronic Arts executive, speaking at an investor conference, hinted that EA Sports could add "a couple of new sports franchises," in the coming year, and reaffirmed the label's commitment to publishing NBA Live, which it canceled for a second time at the end of last year. » 3/06/13 12:00pm 3/06/13 12:00pm

Sports Video Gaming Must Face Its Own Era Of Excess

Wednesday was supposed to be a day of no news in Major League Baseball. There are no league games in January, of course; pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 29 days. And exit polling had long foreseen the shutout ballot, for the first time since 1996, that the Baseball Writers Association of America… » 1/13/13 7:30pm 1/13/13 7:30pm

Four Stories to Follow in a Pivotal New Year for Sports Video Gaming

2K Sports hasn't said specifically when its infamous exclusive pact with Major League Baseball ends, but it's a good bet that day comes on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

If someone picks up that license, it'll be the first big story of the year for sports video gaming. If no one picks up that license, it'll be even bigger. » 12/30/12 6:35pm 12/30/12 6:35pm

MVP Baseball Returns, but Only in Korea

Few noticed back in April, if it was even announced stateside, that EA Sports' MVP Baseball » 8/09/12 12:00pm 8/09/12 12:00pm series was returning as . It's an interesting re-emergence of a brand many sports gamers remember fondly, but it offers little hope of the game actually returning in North America.

Packing Up the Pantheon

Tomorrow I'm hitting the road for a cross-country move, the sixth time I've driven the width of the nation since 2001. As I was boxing up my video games it occurred to me that some of them will have made five of those journeys by the time I reach North Carolina on Friday. All of them are sports titles. » 6/24/12 4:00pm 6/24/12 4:00pm

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

Will We Have Any Baseball Video Game on the Xbox 360 Next Year?

Though I wish I could say I was smart enough to think up this ruse in advance, I really did forget my backpack somewhere inside EA Sports' Tiburon studio during a recent visit. This became an opportunity to roam all of its upper four floors of development, though not unescorted. » 4/21/12 7:30pm 4/21/12 7:30pm

The Silly Bulls*** of Censored Soundtracks in Sports Video Games

Sports video games must license everything. League symbols, player likenesses, individual events, even certain stadiums. Then they must provide a soundtrack every year and, yep, those songs must be licensed, too. It is a neverending headache unique to the sports genre.

Further complicating the job, nearly all… » 3/29/12 8:30pm 3/29/12 8:30pm

EA Sports is Working on a Baseball Game — Probably for Facebook

EA Sports, whose beloved MVP Baseball series went into exile when 2K Sports won an exclusive contract back in 2005, is working on a Major League Baseball-licensed property, according to ESPN's Jon Robinson. Before you get all giddy, a close reading of contracts leaves the impression this will be another Facebook game. » 3/23/11 9:30pm 3/23/11 9:30pm

2K's Big Boss Badmouths Baseball Again

The chairman of Take-Two Interactive - the parent company of 2K Sports - called his company's exclusive pact with Major League Baseball a "losing proposition" and suggested they would walk away when the deal expires in 2012. » 12/02/10 10:00pm 12/02/10 10:00pm

An MVP Hangs In There, With Los Muchachos Del Verano

It seems like a familiar story: a baseball veteran gets to the end of his contract, can't sign another one, and finds new life, and love, in another country. In this case, it's EA Sports' long lost MVP Baseball 2005. » 7/31/10 4:00pm 7/31/10 4:00pm

EA Sports Announcing "New Game" in January

EA Canada's community manager tweeted last night that "execs at EA SPORTS will announce a new game sometime in January. I wonder what it'll be?" Yeah, I wonder, too. Let's wonder together. » 12/08/09 9:00pm 12/08/09 9:00pm

Boisterous Gaming Session Leads to Police Brutality Complaints

A Colorado man filed complaints against three Aurora police officers alleging they beat him, leaving him bruised and with a sprained neck, after they responded to complaints about a particularly loud session of gaming. » 2/11/09 4:00pm 2/11/09 4:00pm