Blast from the past: baseball video games

September 23, 2013 · 2 comments

A couple of years ago, I received a “review copy” of one of the major baseball games for Wii. Quite frankly, I never got the hang of it and the instructions were not very good. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

Some it was with some amusement that I came across this nostalgic piece about the evolution of such interactive entertainments (don’t neglect to check out the time-stamp commentary).

But I have to wonder: with these things being so “lifelike,” how long will it be before there’s no actual prof sports, but everything done virtually? Very science fiction-ish. OST fans (original Star Trek for you normal (i.e., non-Trekkies) folks out there) might recall “A Taste of Armageddon,” an episode in which war was carried out by computer simulation; those deemed casualties were expected to turn themselves in for suicide/execution, other wise actual destruction would ensue. I’m sure there are many other stories along that “virtual replaces reality” theme.

These 2013 Play Station spots are pretty funny:

But these rank among my favorite commercials for baseball video games:

 

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