For many OS'ers, the months following the holiday season are dull: football's nearly over, we don't have College Hoops games any more, and the "new game shine" of FIFA and NHL have worn off.
However, for me (and probably many of you), this is my favorite time of the sports gaming calendar. From now until early March, we'll get a slow trickle of baseball gaming news, as well as a healthy amount of speculation and image analyzing. We'll anticipate the first glimpses of in-game footage, feature breakdowns, and player rankings.
This year is slightly different, though, for better or worse. For the first that I can remember, we'll have only one major console baseball title. While I expect MLB 13: The Show to be as good as always, I miss the days of having multiple titles to choose from, and by extension, experience.
Good news, though, is that OS will continue to bring you information as it comes out, both through news releases, analysis, and forum discussions. I'm happy to report that in our new structure, I'll be taking point on The Show and other baseball games (as well as motion games and OS titles).
I've been enjoying virtual baseball games since jumping into Microleague Baseball on our old Apple II. Other favs include MVP 2005, Out of the Park, the first World Series game on Xbox, Acclaim's All-Star series on the N64, and Power Pros.
While I'd consider myself a student of the game (I teach a statistics course and coach high school baseball), I'll admit that you, our readers, keep me on my toes. Your passion and dedication--represented by careful dissection of even the slightest bit of information--is what makes OS great.
So look for more The Show and OOTP analysis as news releases. Until then, what retired/cancelled baseball game/series would you want to be brought back?