Thursday, April 08, 2010

Two MLB-licensed baseball gaming systems simulate real stadiums, a boyhood dream

Computer games that simulate baseball do everything we tried to do as boys in the 1950s with cardboard stadiums and incarnations of whiffleball or backyard baseball.

CNN has a story “New baseball games swing for the fences”, about MLB10: The Show (Sony) and “Major League Baseball 2K10” (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports), link here.  Both are licensed by Major League Baseball (site). By the way, unlike many newspapers, MLB has been pretty successful in getting customers to subscribe to and pay for video content.

Both gaming systems simulate all aspects of the game with 3D-imaged systems of real stadiums, based on major league parks (the websites show Boston’s Fenway and Detroit’s Commerica when I looked).

The physics and geometry of baseball and of stadium outfield dimensions can certainly lead to some interesting physics, geometry, and trig test problems in high school, maybe for the ETS.

In 1955, I and some friends had a fantasy baseball season all summer, with a system of evaluating the probable results of fungoed balls. As usual, the Washington Senators finished last (as they did in real life). I no longer have the paper records of that season, regrettably.

By the way, the Nationals won their first game today, 6-5, against the Phillies, the best team in the NL, finishing just before a cloudburst.

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