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Realizing a Kid’s Dream of Computerized Baseball

Growing up in the 1950s, we did not have PlayStations, Nintendos, or Xboxes—no video games at all. We did not have 150 channels on cable or satellite TV or VHS movies or DVDs. We had no surround sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, and no Internet. But we did have our imaginations, and we made up games. One game I played was dice baseball. In college in 1970, I programmed a basebal...[Read More]

A virtual virtual sports community lifer

I’m a virtual virtual sports community lifer.While I was unaware of the vast world of mail leagues (that’s antiquated, your-grandpas-snail-mail mail leagues, where you rolled dice to see who got a hit, not hit a button), I became quite in tune with the world of online sim gaming.  My first taste, which happened to be the only online league run by OOTP dynasty legend DreamTeams, came in...[Read More]

If there’s a text sim, I’ve probably owned it

I knew there was something wrong with me right around the time I bought Front Page Sports Baseball Pro ’98. When I broke open the box with Randy Johnson on the cover and installed the Sierra Sports classic, I played it like you were “supposed to” play sports video games, meaning I mashed buttons on the keyboard and played arcade style. To my 16-year-old mind, the game didn’t seem all that di...[Read More]

The Beauty of Hockey Simulation

There are two things I’ve always loved to do. Follow sports and tell stories. From an early age — as soon as I could walk, really — I was playing sports, watching them on TV, and using my imagination to create worlds of my own. I loved playing the early console games: your early Maddens, the NHL 94 type games, Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball and so on. I played them so much that I wore ...[Read More]