MLB 12 The Show

For anyone interested in baseball and video games, this is a link to a preview for MLB 12 The Show. It is rated the best baseball game and sometimes the best sports game year in and year out. I was searching for information about the game, and one thing I found was a video tour type thing of the Miami Marlins new ballpark. We recently talked about attention to detail in graphics in class, and this is a very good example. This game nails every little detail about every stadium (except that any advertisements are changed to be promoting fictional companies.) Also, I feel like some sports games fail to demonstrate as clearly the elements of motivation and learning that we talk about in class, but this one does a good job. It has a mode where you create a player that starts out in the minor leagues, but works his way up as you distribute his “training points” and work to meet goals your manager sets for you over about a three week period. Below I will post the link to the Miami Marlins video.

Social Media and Sports

Social media is becoming an integral part of the way Americans watch sports.  During the final moments of this year’s Super Bowl, fans sent over 4,000 messages per second on Twitter.  Countless professional players maintain Twitter accounts in which they provide additional comments and opinions.  Fans constantly visit players’ pages and can interact with professional journalists, teams, or the leagues themselves.

The National Basketball Association is introducing a social video game on Facebook this week.  They are hoping that training digital basketball players will intrigue people.  The game, called NBA Legend, will allow Facebook users to create an avatar, join an NBA team, and follow a simulated career.  Different then traditional basketball games, players will not control the dribbling or shooting, but will build up attributes like speed and skill in order to compete.

The NBA has been trying to turn its social media connections on sites like Twitter and Facebook into new revenue sources.  This game is being released during the league’s All-Star week, which has been a time for the league to experiment with new forms of media and technology.  NBA also sees the new game as a way of keeping fans engaged in basketball even when no games are being played.

Professional football, and video games

This is the Wired article Barry was talking about.

In fact, a quick google search shows that Wired is actually fairly interested in learning from video games…

(thanks to the people who posted this on the live question tool!)