Baseball Rivals Play Dueling Cameras [Updated]

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Kotaku may have kicked off a fad last year, with our post on how to make your video game baseball presentation conform to real life broadcasting angles. MLB 2K11 directly cited the work as an inspiration behind its new broadcast presentation. MLB 11 The Show was assuredly thinking the same thing when it introduced realistic camera views into its game. So how do they look, side by side?

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See for yourself in this gallery of all 30 Major League ballparks from both games. MLB 2K11's screens come from the Xbox 360 version of that game. MLB 11 The Show is, of course, a PS3 exclusive.

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[Update] There were some strong complaints about the MLB 2K11 images being too dark. This is a limitation of my capture software, not of the game. The gallery has been updated with lightened images.

The realistic camera angles are the default setting, but are purely optional. You may change the view in your preferences (and some prefer to pitch with the ball coming toward you, a la RBI Baseball. Snobs like me, raised on Hardball!, do it this way.) You might want to keep that in mind as some angles make the strike zone smaller and more difficult to pinpoint, and others will actually have a pitcher obscuring part of the strike zone target (becoming transparent where he does).

If you'd like to see the original gallery of camera angles I did, check this post from last year.

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Designers at Visual Concepts, the studio behind MLB 2K11, said they wanted to use the camera angles for added realism, and also to give players a displacing feeling of being on the road if they were looking at unfamiliar visual information.

Given the work I did last year, you know, it doesn't really feel unfamiliar for me.

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Los Angeles Angels (Angel Stadium), MLB 2K11

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Los Angeles Angels (Angel Stadium), MLB 11 The Show

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Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park), MLB 2K11

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Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Oakland Athletics (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum), MLB 2K11

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Oakland Athletics (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum), MLB 11 The Show

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Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre), MLB 2K11

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Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre), MLB 11 The Show

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St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium), MLB 2K11

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St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium), MLB 11 The Show

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Atlanta Braves (Turner Field), MLB 2K11

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Atlanta Braves (Turner Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park), MLB 2K11

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Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field), MLB 2K11

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Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field), MLB 2K11

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Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium), MLB 2K11

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Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium), MLB 11 The Show

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San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park), MLB 2K11

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San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field), MLB 2K11

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Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field), MLB 2K11

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Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Florida Marlins (Sun Life Stadium), MLB 2K11

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Florida Marlins (Sun Life Stadium), MLB 11 The Show

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New York Mets (Citi Field), MLB 2K11

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New York Mets (Citi Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), MLB 2K11

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Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards), MLB 2K11

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Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards), MLB 11 The Show

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San Diego Padres (Petco Park), MLB 2K11

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San Diego Padres (Petco Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park), MLB 2K11

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Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park), MLB 2K11

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Texas Rangers (Rangers Ballpark), MLB 2K11

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Texas Rangers (Rangers Ballpark), MLB 11 The Show

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Tropicana Field, MLB 2K11

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Tropicana Field, MLB 11 The Show

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Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ballpark), MLB 2K11

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Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ballpark), MLB 11 The Show

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Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park), MLB 2K11

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Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Colorado Rockies (Coors Field), MLB 2K11

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Colorado Rockies (Coors Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Kansas City Royals (Kauffman Stadium), MLB 2K11

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Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park), MLB 2K11

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Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park), MLB 11 The Show

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Minnesota Twins (Target Field), MLB 2K11

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Minnesota Twins (Target Field), MLB 11 The Show

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Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field), MLB 2K11

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New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium), MLB 2K11

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New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium), MLB 11 The Show

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The screen shots for The Show look amazing but wouldn't it look more realistic if the seats in PNC Park were empty?