There are certain times of the year that people never forget. For me and many others worldwide, these days are the days when new video games come out. Whether it’s August for the new ‘M
adden’ game or October for the new ‘NBA 2K’ series edition, or March because Sony has released the newest form of beautiful baseball gaming in ‘The Show’ saga. There’s an aluminous spotlight shining all over the globe on these rare occasions. There’s nothing more satisfying than spending hours – no, days – committed to a make
believe roster you believe you are actually guiding to a make believe championship. It’s great. Really great.
But this isn’t IGN, or even an affiliate of IGN, (call me) so what do our viewers at Day to Day Sports want to know about video games? Well, it’s simple.
I’m an avid sports fan. Colby is too. We love sports. Our motto clearly states that we love sports and we don’t care who knows it. But, there’s a common ground with both of us. While my colleague might be better at role playing games, (ex: Halo, Call of Duty) and I might confidently assume I have the upper hand when it comes to mind influenced games, we share something. And maybe it’s a little lucky.
Colby has an XBOX, I have a PlayStation. Sony’s baseball game, “MLB The Show 11,” is not offered on his platform, so he settles for MLB 2K11. But both of us were stuck in a rut, playing the 2010 versions of our respected games, up until October and even through March of the next year, when pitchers and catchers were reporting for spring training – in 2011. Why?
We got attached to our teams.
His 2K Rangers featured a similar dynamite rotation to mine, as well as a potent lineup to combine for an elite squad. Where he preferred Brandon Webb and Chris Davis, I instead opted for Tommy Hunter and Mitch Moreland. Either way, we won baseball games. Plain and simple.
These games are not your typical arcade baseball games from the earlier 2000’s. While “MVP Baseball” remains the best baseball game ever – by far – these games have matured appropriately over the years to help gamers like Colby and myself to relive the excitement we felt and the connection to those teams we managed over those years.
There are a lot of games in the market. I would comfortably say that 90% of gamers are doing the role playing shindig, while the other 10% are primarily sports gamers. I could be wrong. I’m a sports expert, not a gaming expert, though it wouldn’t hurt to be both considering my passion for the respective professions.
A lot goes into putting together a good video game team. Especially if you play with real rosters, a legitimate difficulty level, and don’t rig the setup so you can swap Pavel Podkolzin and a dozen future first round picks for Carmelo Anthony. That’s cheating.
The point I want to make though, is that playing sports video games goes an extremely long way in helping you better understand the sport in reality itself.
People always ask me, “Hey, can you explain baseball to me in…like…something under a minute?”
No. You can’t. You can’t even begin to explain the aspects of baseball that are so in-depth and beautiful at the same time that it makes me cry just to think about how life would be without a daily dose of at least 9 innings of baseball.
But, next time anyone asks you about a sport – how to play, understand, grasp the meaning or potential outcomes/scenarios/situations of the game – tell them this:
PLAY THE DAMN VIDEO GAME! (*Randy Galloway Voice* - shoutout to my AWESOME dad)
It is ultimately the best thing to do. I love baseball, basketball, and football respectively, but thanks to EA Sports, 2K Sports, and Sony, I have actually learned a lot more about each sport and the foundation it revolves around by playing the video game of its kind.
I cannot stress how helpful it is. It gives you a whole new outlook and appreciation for the game you’re targeting – if you play the game right.
Don’t Cheat… Use real rosters, don’t fix trading/budgets/free agent signing/etc. use all the resources the game allows you to utilize so you can have a fun, but competitive time while learning what you’re playing.
Challenge Yourself… Always – on a new game – always start on the basic (first) difficulty level. This is vital or you will end up throwing your controller at your system and finding yourself in need of numerous new tools. But, as you learn and habituate to the settings the game offers, you then can raise the difficulty (most games offer various difficulty levels – up to 5 or 6) when you’re ready. It’s always more satisfactory to beat the game on its top tier, but it’s a process – maybe it takes a year – unless you plan on gaming 24/7. But there are other things in life, like fantasy sports.
But Have Fun! You don’t play video games for the purpose of learning the reality of the game you are playing. The fact is, you are doing it to enjoy yourself. So in the end, the ultimate goal is to have fun, but if you’re like Colby or myself, then dig deeper – way deeper. Enjoy!